Monday, January 14, 2019

What I’m Watching: You’re the Worst (Season Premiere)

You’re the Worst: Season 5, Episode 1 “The Intransigence of Love” (B)

I got really excited for the return of this show for its final season when I saw billboards all across Los Angeles, and it’s great to have it back. That said, most of this episode was taken up by other actors, and I was feeling that it was unfortunate that we had to focus on different characters rather than the ones we know and love to hate. I spent most of the episode trying to figure out where I knew the actors from, and, looking at the IMDB pages for Caitlin McGee, who played Gemma, and Morgan Krantz, who played Jake, I’m still not sure. Their saga was pretty absurd, especially with going into the Internet with the virtual-reality goggles to steal a tape. I wasn’t entirely sure what was happening when, two-thirds of the way through the half-hour, Gretchen interrupted to correct the course of the narrative. After their Y2K plotline and Gemma’s press conference, the first truly great and funny moment of the episode explained it all, as Jimmy got excited that he was the reporter who asked the question. Of course they would be spinning crazy stories to wedding planners rather than actually talking to them about what they wanted, and that’s just the kind of thing that’s great about this show. I guess having other actors play the parts made it more of a surprise, which was ultimately a productive way to do it. I’m looking forward to more episodes with our friendly – or rather, very unfriendly – characters and actors at the center.

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