Thursday, November 29, 2018

Round Two: The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method: Season 1, Episode 2 “Chapter 2: An Agent Grieves” (B+)

I’m happy to report that the second episode of this show is just as good as the first, and I actually watched it less than an hour later, penning my review so that I could watch more with my wife and in-laws right away since they’re not accustomed to waiting a full week between installments that are all available to binge right away. I like that the story just continued from the first episode, with Norman struggling to move on, understandably, and Sandy trying his best to do the right thing in the moment even when it wasn’t his first instinct. Eileen picking everything out ahead of time helped, though some of her requests were rather extravagant and not entirely easy to arrange. Having Jay Leno and a male Barbra Streisand impersonator attend and perform at the funeral were decent references to their celebrity connections that weren’t too indulgent. The dynamic that Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin have really is great, with them garnering applause for interacting genuinely during the acting class. I also liked Norman telling Woody that he should really go by Woodrow if he’s going to sell coffins. I’m eager to see what his daughter, played by Lisa Edelstein is like, since her first appearance showing up in the middle of his eulogy suggest that she’s much of a positive influence. As Sandy’s relationship with Lisa progresses, it’s clear that she’s a bit better off than most of his acting students, namely the two who were far too eager to act out their “Incestuously Yours” pilot.

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