Thursday, January 7, 2021

Round Two: Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor: Season 1, Episode 2 “Mayor’s Day Out” (B)

I’m trying to get a handle on this show’s irreverence and how it balances that out with coherent and occasionally funny storylines. While I’m not overly fond of characters getting high and acting absurdly, Ted Danson does pull most things off pretty well, and he definitely managed to showcase enthusiasm for the meatless lunches and other moments of his very boring and procedural day. There’s still something disappointingly formulaic about the structure and the way that Tommy and Jayden need to program him, and I’m not entirely sure how long that’s going to last, especially if Neil isn’t going to be eating pot gummies every episode. There is a real immaturity to most of the characters on this show that’s most reminiscent of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and I find myself wishing that this was a bit more like “30 Rock,” even if I don’t consider that show to be quite as unspectacular as most do. It had seemed in episode one like Mikaela was the smartest person on the staff, but it now seems that Arpi might have a much better idea of what she’s doing than she pretends. Mikaela was all about the selfies and trying to keep Arpi busy looking for tape for the whole day, but then we got that big reveal that she was flashing the PPPORN brochure during each of their meetings. It’s an evidently stupid name, but it does serve the dual purpose of attracting attention because of that and of enabling her to make her boss look like a fool, announcing her replacement name of RATFART instead.

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