Thursday, February 13, 2020

What I’m Watching: Avenue 5

Avenue 5: Season 1, Episode 4 “Wait a Minute, Then Who Was That on the Ladder?” (B+)

This episode had me laughing out loud quite a few times, and, even if the plot is a bit out of control, it’s very entertaining. I love that Ryan was learning from a kid about space since he knew absolutely nothing, though there’s no denying that he knows what to say and sound like he knows what he’s talking about when the moment demands it. The bridge crew, on the other hand, was not nearly as impressive, wanting coaching on their lines and what their characters are supposed to know, and thinking that they were supposed to leave when calls for non-essential personnel to leave the bridge were made. Ryan’s response to Billie’s proclamation of “code not good, code bad” was fantastic, and who would have thought that Sarah-Sarah could come through at exactly the right moment with an improvised speech to distract from what was really going on? Now, Ryan’s going to have to do something he never expected, and we’ll see how that works out for him. Judd is absurdly over-the-top, suggesting that anyone who makes a fuss should be banned from future cruises, which they’d surely welcome, and giving people three-second hugs while refusing to answer questions. Asking the widow about her husband and then referencing her as such was typically callous, and I don’t even know what to say about the fact that he autographed Beatles skulls himself, which definitely don’t all belong to the Beatles. Doug and Mia’s arguments continue to be ferocious and entertaining, with another man spelling cuckold for him and their fight over the last tiramisu standing out in this half-hour.

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