Tuesday, August 11, 2020

What I’m Watching: Intelligence

Intelligence: Season 1, Episode 5 (B+)

The initial setup of this episode wasn’t particularly sophisticated, though I guess it’s a positive thing that we didn’t have to see Jerry trying to seduce Tuva or them sleeping together and instead just picked up at the aftermath with him pretty injured and her not at all interested in pursuing a continuing romance with him. What I did like a lot was that Joseph held Jerry accountable for not being honest with him about being married and, after he drank much more than he ever had before, taking him to task for not ever acknowledging that they’re friends. I enjoyed that, even when he wanted to, he couldn’t properly throw a punch without hurting himself when Jerry instinctively responded and ended up lying flat on the ground for hours when he tried to jump on Jerry. Nick Mohammed is the creator of this show, and therefore it makes sense that he gets some of the best material. Christine being told that she’s not a good boss had humorous results which weren’t actually effective, and offering all of her employees raisins rather than actual support was hardly a proper solution. Mary is far from my favorite character on this show, and it’s always uncomfortable to see her saddled with so much actual work when literally no one is nice to her. Finding out that her mother died when she didn’t answer her phone calls was sad, and hopefully some of her colleagues will be more humane to her in the wake of that news.

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