Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What I’m Watching: Happyish

Happyish: Season 1, Episode 8 “Starring Rene Descartes, Victor Frankenstein and HRH The Princess of Arendelle” (B+)

There’s no denying that Thom is angry, but it is important to remember that he’s not always the angriest person in the room, as cleverly proven by his quick-witted setup of Debbie in the Coke meeting. Thom was right to be furious when he was ousted from his office so that there could be a central location for the wholly unnecessary concept of an ideation room, something abstract designed to woo young thinkers and create buzz. The fact that it was Jonathan who did it rather than Gottfrid and Gustav seemed to sting more, though Thom and Jonathan both got angrier with the two Swedes when they showed up uninvited to observe the argument between two longtime coworkers and old friends. Having a porn star explain how his industry is strikingly similar to what Thom does was an interesting departure from the way this show usually interprets the way its characters are feeling, and it worked somewhat well. Back in Woodstock, Lee had one hell of a day listening to “Let It Go” from “Frozen” over and over and over again, while helping Jules through figuring out whether he wanted to wear a dress to school. Smoking pot with a fellow mother was a nice validation of Lee not being alone, and to top it all off, we got a parody performance complete with singing from Lee, albeit to a slightly different melody to avoid what apparently might pass as copyright infringement on this show. It was strange to be sure, and at least it gave Lee the imagined opportunity to kill her mother.

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