Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What I’m Watching: Brockmire (Season Finale)

Brockmire: Season 1, Episode 8 “It All Comes Down to This” (B+)

This show, for the fiery, unfiltered nature of its title protagonist, is very unassuming and far from showy in the way that it presents its developments. Brockmire getting an offer for a more primetime gig was inevitable, and naturally he wasn’t going to be very subtle about it. Yet he didn’t tell Jules about it when she came to him after getting petty revenge on Gary with the news that they needed to sell a week’s worth of concessions in one night. Telling everyone about the “Drink a Beer” game worked surprisingly well, mostly because every single occasion called for, you guessed it, drinking a beer, and he got pretty tanked during it. I would have thought that Jules wouldn’t be happy to learn that he was considering leaving, but her reaction was considerably harsher and more unforgiving than I had expected. The fact that he abandoned his bag and drove off with Charles suggests that he was well aware of just how angry he had made her and how little she was interested in giving him a second chance. I’m not sure what the opening flashback to Lucy and Brockmire deciding to move away from Kansas City was supposed to imply, and I do wonder where we’ll find our signature loudmouth come next season. I’m intrigued by this show, and curious to see where it goes in what I hope may be a slightly more impactful and energizing second season after this good if not overly memorable start.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Hank Azaria as Brockmire