Friday, April 5, 2019

What I’m Watching: SMILF

SMILF: Season 2, Episode 9 “Single Mom is Losing Faith” (B-)

I don’t quite understand why an entire episode of this show takes place in a Western setting, which seems all the more inconsequential given the impending end of this show, which has actually already aired at this point. I get that it’s meant to be a metaphor and that the gender roles are reversed so that the women are portrayed as strong while the men are emotional and all too petty, but this is just the latest instance of the plot not coherently progressing forward. It felt like a strange opportunity to finally meet Mr. Daddy, played by Clark Gregg, current star of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and who was last married to Connie Britton onscreen in “The To Do List.” It was a relatively small role and didn’t fit too much into the narrative since ultimately it was Ally who treated Bridgette poorly, even if it was as an indirect result of being ignored by Mr. Daddy. The other guest star I recognized right away was Luka Jones, now a star of “Shrill” and previously of the underrated and cancelled-too-soon “People of Earth,” as the man Bridgette brought in for the bounty. Nelson shooting Bridgette in the foot was moderately entertaining, but it’s hard to know what would actually have played out to get them to be on good terms. I like that they came together but don’t love the way in which it happened, and I think that this episode, with moments like grace concluding with “say a-woman,” is symbolic of part of what this show has aspired to be but never really managed to achieve.

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