Sunday, July 15, 2018

What I’m Watching: Brockmire (Season Finale)

Brockmire: Season 2, Episode 8 “In the Cellar” (B)

Well, that’s it. It barely feels like this season even aired, and now it’s already done, with the third season, which was ordered long before this one began, scheduled for sometime in the future. I’m not sure exactly what was accomplished this season, since we watched Brockmire spiral downwards into his own vices and then come out nearly dead on the other side after Carrie Preston’s Elle opted to introduce Russian Roulette into their dangerous mix of activities. I suppose that was as good an impetus as any for him to finally go to rehab, a stint that seemed to be working until he regressed and shouted down one of the residents when he complained about the lack of nudity in the film they were watching. Skipping forward a whole year is probably helpful, and now, all of a sudden, we’re back to the original three characters who helped season one work so well. All told, Amanda Peet actually appeared in half of this season, though I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if she was around the whole time. The first season felt fresher and more exciting, with some female presence and helpful subplots serving to balance the dynamics that just couldn’t be matched by Brockmire and Charles alone. This still remains an enjoyable show, and one I plan to watch when it returns for its third season, but I’m hopeful that season three takes the reboot direction and starts us back over with something solid that features all three lead characters on a consistent basis.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Hank Azaria as Brockmire

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