Monday, May 27, 2019

What I’m Watching: Brockmire (Season Finale)

Brockmire: Season 3, Episode 8 “Opening Day” (B+)

I like how pieces of this episode tied together in unexpected ways, from the very first scene to the last. I wasn’t sure why it was that we were seeing Shirley with her sons in the car, though I guess watching Art’s rant against the conspiracy of the mainstream media and the progressive establishment was enough reason. A charge to keep baseball pure sounded absurd, but not only were they able to make a stand and ruin Brockmire’s jacket, the network appeared to be backing them. After everything, it was extremely sweet to see Brockmire and Gabby read the statement prepared for them by the network and then add their own very pointed commentary about where society is to it. I was worried, as Gabby and Jean were, that Brockmire would take the news of Jules’ engagement badly and obsess over her to Maggie, but instead he chose the other extreme and proposed. It turns out that she too, like everyone, follows Jules on Instagram, and she was nowhere near as invested in their relationship as Brockmire was. It was great to have Christine Woods on the show, but I guess pairing Brockmire off romantically rather than platonically or professionally wouldn’t really make sense since he’s better as a lone wolf. He was even able to be there for Shirley when everything got to her, helping out his sponsor in his moment of need. I’ve greatly enjoyed this season, and am anticipating season four in a way that I really wasn’t at this time last year.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Hank Azaria as Brockmire

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