Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors: Season 1, Episode 9 “The Mediocre Outdoors” (B+)

A lot of this episode was silly, as this show in general tends to be, but it actually worked pretty well and I found myself generally entertained. It’s no surprise to me at all that the millennials on this show have never actually been camping and that Brooke hired them even with that knowledge. Naturally, Jack wouldn’t want to take them with him because he’d probably either go insane or kill them, but some secret communication with Roland was enough to convince him. The idea that Jack, Roland, and Brooke fluently speak languages from around the world is fun, mainly because we never actually get to see them traveling around to the far corners of the Earth; we just hear seemingly made-up stories about their exploits. What’s funnier is that, when Roland dropped Jack in the middle of the woods and then he did the same to Clark, Emma, and Mason,they were retreating to a fancy stay at a nearby hotel, where they could indulge in all the things they were withholding from those being forced to encounter the elements. It took some time and an Uber Eats delivery for the kids to wake up and realize what they had to do, and it was nice to see them “retweet” without their phones. That was far more peaceful than the sight of Brooke smearing snake’s blood on her face as war paint, something that was apparently quite enticing to Jack. I think this is the closest to the outdoors we’ll get with this group, and it was good fun.

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