Thursday, March 31, 2016

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 5, Episode 12 “D-Day” (C+)

This episode was fun, but this show has undeniably lost the spark it once had that made it so great. Peter Gallagher is everywhere on TV right now, appearing regularly on “Togetherness” after steady gigs on the likes of “Covert Affairs” and “The O.C.” I wouldn’t have thought of him as a love interest for Jess due to their age difference, but her obsession with his eyebrows does make some sense. He’s a far better choice to play Schmidt’s dad, a smooth talker who easily romanced Jess and then tried to make amends with his son via the video camera attached to Jess’ head. I would have liked to see him be a bit more like the younger Schmidt, but it was still entertaining to have him in this part, especially because of the reaction that his dalliance with Jess elicited from Schmidt. Both Nick and Winston don’t work particularly hard at their jobs, very prone to distraction and the impulse not to work, and therefore having a competition over whose job was harder was a humorous concept. Arresting someone and then putting him in the backseat with Nick was one of the more memorable moments, but overall it wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been. I wish I had more to say about this episode and this show in general, but sometimes it just doesn’t offer enough, which is disappointing at best. I can’t imagine there will be a time when I won’t want to watch this show anymore, but I do wish it was as good as it used to be.

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