Monday, February 4, 2019

What I’m Watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4, Episode 11 “I’m Almost Over You” (B-)

This show seems to be doing everything possible not to follow a normal narrative course as it approaches, ever so slowly, its final episode on April 5th. I’d prefer that we got to spend time with our characters instead, but this show has never gone exactly the way anyone expected to, impressing when it first started by going well beyond the promise conveyed by its title. Now, we’re at the point where characters that we’ve known for a long time and not usually liked are gradually achieving redemption, though in some cases it takes a romantic comedy daydream to get there. Nathaniel has been irritating almost since he first appeared on the show, and I’ve enjoyed him more recently, especially with his intense insistence that he’s nice now, which was often expressed with far too much force. Having him be the unlikely choice to win Rebecca back and paired with Maya trying to win her ex back at the same time was somewhat entertaining, and it suddenly got serious as this show does every once in a while when Nathaniel realized that he was actually talking to Rebecca, who told him to let her go. This was worthwhile most for the spotlight on Maya portrayer Esther Povitsky, who is mostly relegated to being whiny on the sidelines. I also laughed at the notion of horrible boss Burt, who sent a fiercely loyal Tim to Sweden to get the manuscript for the nonexistent sixth book in the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series.

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