Monday, May 16, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Grinder

The Grinder: Season 1, Episode 21 “Divergence” (B-)

I’m sad to report the news that, earlier this week, this show was officially cancelled by FOX. That was expected for “Grandfathered,” but I had thought that this show’s Golden Globe nomination for Rob Lowe and generally good reviews would save it. Since I’m still catching up on my television, at least I can watch the season finale knowing that it’s the last episode, but that’s not too much of a consolation. I would have liked to see this episode become great, and I don’t think it got there, but I think it could have someday soon. This particular episode wasn’t the strongest case for this show’s continued existence, since it found Dean distracting himself with a completely irrelevant “case” involving Liz and her ex-boyfriend Joel and then walking away right as it was about to end without actually helping to defend him in any way. It was all a side plot, an entertaining device but not the most compelling or focused storyline. I already referenced the absurdity of the S.S. Inkspot in everyday conversation, a positive instance of exaggerated humor. Claire having Todd to do all of her work as a way of occupying himself was fun, and it’s probably the best way for the show to effectively use Todd too. Dean Sr. thinking of running with his grandson was a nice chance to see two characters who rarely interact do so, and Debbie shut down that plan right away with a firm pull back to reality for the two of the men in her life.

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