Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors: Season 1, Episode 4 “You Don’t Know Jack” (B)

This show continues to be entertaining even if it’s hardly the most sophisticated series on the air at the moment. This episode in particular was a skewering parody of the 90s and the way that cultural norms and technology have evolved. Finding an atlas and exclaiming that “they used to print out Google Maps” was the epitome of the inability of our three millennial employees to comprehend what once was, and they didn’t even know where to start with the cassette that was in Jack’s answering machine. I love that Emma was the one who got invested in the search for information about Jack’s ex since she usually isn’t as invested as her male colleagues, and she masterfully hid four empty Red Bull cans to go along with the eight on her desk, leading to an inevitable crash shortly thereafter. If Jack was a hacker’s greatest challenge because he never posts anything, Jessie was much easier to track and locate. I couldn’t figure out where I knew her from, and it turns out that she was played by Dorian Brown, best known for her role as Ryan’s sister Kristen on “Wilfred.” Finding out that she cheated on him was definitely a blow, but it helped him to move on to be his own person. I’m still excited to learn more about his romance with Brooke, who shocked her underlings in this installment by dressing up in a way that showed her to be far less square than they all thought.

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