Thursday, October 27, 2016

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season Premiere)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2, Episode 1 “Where is Josh’s Friend?” (B+)

I love this show, and waiting until the end of October for it to return has only made it more fantastic. This premiere was an important test of its enduring quality since the season one finale changed everything and finally put Rebecca together with Josh, attaining everything she had wanted and worked for over the course of the entire season. It’s interesting to see how they sort of skipped past the relationship stage and went instead to a friends-with-benefits situation, one that Rebecca took way too far by getting Josh the most decked-out drawer ever. Rebecca did a fantastic job making Josh seem like the crazy one, and Josh was feeling plenty of pressure to go in the right direction, both ethically with his friend Greg and to not end up living at home and moving backwards in his adult life. I like that Josh and Rebecca were both set on being on the same page about not having sex, and the ensuing song was fun. Paula not believing in Rebecca and Josh anymore is a serious blow, and making Rebecca sign an admittedly well-written contract not to involve her in schemes anymore is a serious transformation of their friendship. As usual, this show’s antics are the most entertaining part, with some clever recapping of the events we missed and a note about the production budget being cut and Darryl now being played by a broom on a stand. I’m not in love with the opening number but I’m open to getting used to it, and the “love kernels” song was fittingly weird. I couldn’t be more excited to have this show back, and I look forward to a season of musical zaniness!

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