Thursday, January 7, 2016

Round Two: Superstore

Superstore: Season 1, Episode 3 and 4 “Shots and Salsa” and “Mannequin” (C-/C)

I guess this is technically round three and four, but I watched these episodes two nights in a row, and I think that may be more than enough of this show for me with a handful of other half-hour comedies that are really much better coming back. I noted in my review of the first two episodes that the reason to watch this show was its stars, America Ferrera and Ben Feldman. Their rivalry was taken a bit far in episode four, which had Amy teasing Jonah repeatedly by putting a mannequin that looked a little like him in compromising positions all over the store. Garrett pointing out to Amy that she was engaging in what he called “work flirt” (I would probably use terms like “work wife” and “work husband” to better describe the relationship) summarized an entire annoying episode into the inevitability of the two of them getting together even though she didn’t even bother to hide the fact that she’s married. Glenn and Dina fighting over Cheyenne’s baby got weird fast, and it’s hard to take this show anywhere near seriously with those two characters on it. The third episode was considerably more irritating, with a strange and unclear message on racism in the workplace, lowlighted by Amy putting on the accent herself after getting into trouble for mocking another culture to prove a point. This show is definitely cringeworthy if nothing else, but having nothing to go with it doesn’t exactly make it too appealing as a weekly stop on my TV schedule.

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