Friday, November 18, 2016

What I’m Watching: Easy (Season Finale)

Easy: Season 1, Episode 8 “Hop Dreams” (B)

I read this title too quickly at first and must admit that I’m quite impressed with its cleverness. Unfortunately, I wasn’t nearly as wowed by the episode that ends this eight-episode arc. If you had asked me which of the plotlines and characters were worth revisiting for the season ender, I would not have pointed you to the Brewery Brothers, whose segment I found to be relatively week and which didn’t even offer great showcases for Aya Cash and Zazie Beetz, who are both doing excellent work on other TV comedies at the moment. Yet, for some reason, that was the choice here, and we also got comedian Hannibal Buress in a totally unfunny role as a reporter who wanted to look into this garage brewery situation for a big article. I guess this was about the brotherly friendship between the businessmen and the sudden seriousness of being pregnant and starting a family, but this episode just didn’t do much for me. It’s also disappointing as a unifying thread-closer since it really didn’t do that, and actually ended on a very unsatisfying note. If this show gets renewed by Netflix, which I don’t anticipate that it well, mainly for creative reasons and because I assume it was meant as a one-season offering, I would urge that focus be placed on the real relationship episodes, namely the second installment with the vegan lesbians and the sixth one with the casual threesome. Some of these parts were far greater than the sum, and as a result, I don’t feel compelled to recommend this show highly for those looking for the next great Netflix binge.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: N/A, but maybe Jane Adams?

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