Friday, October 21, 2016

Take Three: Crisis in Six Scenes

Crisis in Six Scenes: Season 1, Episode 3 (C)

More and more, I’m becoming convinced that this series might have worked better as just six scenes rather than six half-hour episodes. Everything about this show is becoming tiresome, and I’m wondering whether it’s even going to be worth it to see the series through to the end. Alan being introduced to Lennie was boiled down to her giving him pot to mellow him out, which thus far has just meant he’s been talked out of passive resistance and that he’s now fascinated by her rather than the woman he’s supposed to marry. Sidney, in trying to argue with Lennie, found himself completely unable to win, noting that of course Lennie was politically against his waffle iron before admitting to never cheating on his income taxes but simply not declaring anything. Things took a turn after Sidney stopped emphasizing how much of his food his revolutionary guest was eating and she revealed that her most productive therapy session involved her shrink dying three minutes in. It didn’t get much better from there, with Sidney’s pilot pitch proving particularly underwhelming. Trying to redirect the conversation from anything related to his hidden houseguest to the fact that there were no clams in his clam chowder didn’t work too well, and he just sounded obsessive. Telling his friend not to talk into his taco was the height of his paranoia, and quoting Lennie’s egg omelet analogy didn’t help matters at well. Episode four is going to need a shot of energy and something different to make it and the rest of this show worth watching.

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