Monday, July 28, 2014

Round Two: You’re the Worst

You’re the Worst: Season 1, Episode 2 “Insouciance” (B+)

Wouldn’t you know it, but I enjoyed this show’s second installment just as much as I did the first, completing a terrific new hour of television for me every Thursday night on FX. This was a premise that could have lost its novelty effect quickly (and might still), but this episode is very encouraging. It’s almost not important what Jimmy says specifically, but more worthwhile to depend on the fact that he’s going to oppose pretty much everything, and that he’ll say the wrong thing in every situation. Painting Cameron as the villain in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” because he doesn’t want to have fun is the perfect example, but what brings it home is that Gretchen feels exactly the same way. Seeing them together in the movie theater at the end being literally the worst people on the planet was a blast, mainly because the idea of being with either of them is so horrifying that seeing them together is perversely appealing. Gretchen going in to try to get Jimmy’s vindictive ex-girlfriend to put his book front and center was funny, as was the opening scene with Jimmy’s unceremonious efforts to fulfill himself with a disapproving Gretchen looking on and ruining it for him. Even Jimmy’s kid pal is working out well, finally located by Edgar after Jimmy flat out abandoned him in the heat of the moment when his bookstore caper went wrong. It’s good that Jimmy and Gretchen didn’t have to come out to his ex just yet, but I’m sure that will happen eventually.

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