Monday, March 16, 2020

What I’m Watching: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Season 1, Episode 4 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Neighbor” (B)

This was a pretty packed episode, toning down the intensity of the musical performances to allow Zoey to really try to understand why she was hearing those songs and what she might be able to do for the people whose inner feelings were manifesting themselves to her and no one else. Mo was a big focus of the hour, with Zoey very surprised to see her gender-nonconforming neighbor dressed in male clothing and presenting as such in the church choir. It did feel somewhat strange to feature a gender reveal party in the same episode, but I suppose that was just representative of a big moment that could make Mitch feel like he could be a part of something again. The emphasis on faith was interesting, with Zoey clearly coming from a non-religious background and less prone to assigning meaning to things others emphasized as signs or miracles. Hearing the tropical desires of her agoraphobic neighbor provided a nice opportunity for her to really try to be selfless and help someone who was clearly feeling isolated and eager to feel more okay venturing out into the world. Mo was particularly taken with her showing up holding a rent check, and that coupled with Pastor Steve’s accepting attitude made this a rather heartwarming episode. Joan wasn’t as prominent, but I enjoyed Lauren Graham’s rendition of “Wrecking Ball” and her accompanying motions, including taking her anger out on the bread station that she decided might have to be replaced thanks to her decision to cut out carbs.

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