Wednesday, May 22, 2019

What I’m Watching: Brockmire

Brockmire: Season 3, Episode 7 “Disabled List” (B+)

I’ve been very pleased with how this season has played out, remaining consistently engaging and making fantastic use of its characters. I’ve been waiting for Christine Woods to be showcased as Maggie, and we got that in a big way here. Brockmire experiencing a lack of sex drive could have been an irritating, throwaway plotline, but something about this new sober version of him has made him considerably more appealing and sympathetic. As a result, it was fun to see him so frustrated by his situation, in one case taking out his anger on a wheelchair-bound member of his addiction support group. Shirley gives it to him straight, and it’s entertaining to see her explain to him why he doesn’t have it nearly as bad as he thinks. Maggie was also appropriately encouraging in a different way, and it seems like the two of them may just last if they managed to surmount this obstacle in a lighthearted way. And they even got it to work in the car at the end of the episode, something that Maggie celebrated with surprise as it lasted a whole lot longer than she expected once it finally started. Brockmire may have been overly optimistic about Matt’s chances for recovery, but it turns out that he was able to be there in exactly the right way for him at the end. I don’t think that this show has terrific Emmy prospects, but I’d love to see some love in the guest categories for both J.K. Simmons and Woods, not to mention a few of the other guest stars we’ve seen this season.

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