Monday, February 22, 2016

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 5, Episode 6 “Reagan” (B-)

I had read a while ago that Megan Fox was going to be taking over for Zooey Deschanel for a few episodes this season, and it does make some sense given that it fits with the title of this show, much more so than Jess has for the past few years. The problem is, Fox is known to be a terrible actress, and naturally she rested on the laurels of her physical attractiveness more than anything in this introductory installment. That said, she wasn’t as bad as I might have thought, but the plotlines here are much weaker than they’ve been previously. Naturally, the notion of Cece and Reagan having hooked up would be exciting to Schmidt, but I would think that Cece might have mentioned a lesbian past before and that she would have expected Schmidt to respond that way. The “Drumline” dance was a bit much, but Schmidt always tends to be pretty over-the-top. The best part of Nick going for Reagan is that he was ready to not go after all, but making him the perfect drink just made him all the more interested since she really is perfect for him. All this time, Winston was on the sidelines just being obnoxious, a new role for him after he used to be off on his own planet each episode. My favorite current recurring guest star is Nasim Pedrad as Aly, who infuses some serious deadpan into her every scene that manages to be much more intelligent than Winston’s also entertaining attempts at witticism.

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