Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Round Two: Dollface

Dollface: Season 1, Episode 2 “Homebody” (B)

I want to like this show, and I’m up for giving it another shot. At this point, it doesn’t feel vital just yet, and I’m not sure how sustainably interesting it is. Its gimmick was present at the start of the episode with the demeaning workout app that kept minimizing her goals, and then it showed up again when she had to physically hold the table together as it was opening up. Getting stuck in the parka was a more literal interpretation of her misery, and shattering the wrong kind of glass while asking her boss, played by Malin Akerman from “Billions,” for a raise was just unfortunate. Like her character on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Esther Povitsky’s Izzy is a little much, not aware of just how terrible a roommate she makes. She also managed to mess things up between Madison and Stella for Jules, but at least they seem like they’re settling after they convened at the hospital and then to retake some of the space owed to them from the completely clueless and obnoxious Jeremy. Wanting to be platonic roommates while he prepares for his sister’s wedding and tries to find a new girlfriend on a dating app is far from wise, and good for the eternally apologetic Jules for finally trying to claim something for herself. I like Kat Dennings a lot and I still think she’s perfect for this role. I hope that as Jules gains more confidence, Dennings will rise to the occasion and truly deliver as she has in lesser roles.

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