Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Take Three: Forever

Forever: Season 1, Episode 3 “The Lake House” (B)

This episode feels like a much more proper template for what this show is going to be like for its subsequent episodes, with Oscar overjoyed to be reunited with June in the afterlife. There are some bizarre rules in whatever this in-between place is, namely that the neighborhood that they live in has been condemned and is occasionally visited and urinated in, but they’re still able to cook and do normal things, just not when it influences the living humans who are there? I have plenty of questions that I don’t think I need to bother asking since it’s not all that relevant. What’s clear is that June isn’t nearly as happy as Oscar, since his famous trout almandine is representative of the boring stability that she just couldn’t stand. June is definitely much more strong-willed than Oscar, whose very willingness to cook Mark dinner for a month was enough to get him to negate the entire request since he found him so irritatingly agreeable. Oscar struggled so much with conducting enough energy through his body to turn on a light switch, and June was able to do it repeatedly without trying. I don’t know what that means for them, but I’m not all that interested to find out. This brand of comedy and performance is right up Fred Armisen’s alley, but I think that Maya Rudolph is capable of more, and if each episode of this show was just moments like their sitting conversation that showed them truly bonding, I think I’d be much more into it. I’m still on the fence about whether to watch episode four.

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