Tuesday, January 5, 2021

What I’m Watching: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Season Premiere)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Season 2, Episode 1 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Return” (B+)

It feels good to have this show back right now. Its future was uncertain until more than a month after its first season ended, and it’s nice to approach it now knowing that it’s at least going to continue for the rest of the season. Meeting Zoey in such a place of grief made for a worthwhile reintroduction to this show’s universe and a gradual return to some sense of normalcy for our tortured protagonist. I liked the way the songs were incorporated into this episode and how they served to ground its story, with Zoey trying desperately not to let them take over even though she was powerless to stop them. Finding out that Max, Simon, and Mo are now best buds was a bit jarring, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that both of her would-be beaus are still pining for her. I’m happy with the choice that she made, though I’m sure it’s going to make things plenty awkward with Simon, who is already going to be tiptoeing around Zoey after she freaked out at him for asking her if she was okay. I presume that Joan is going to be appearing at lot less frequently, which I’m fine with since I never found her role to be all that consistent or worthwhile. I recognized actor Harvey Guillen, who plays new employee George, from his role as Guillermo on “What We Do in the Shadows,” and I hope that he proves to be a positive addition. I am glad to see that Emily is getting more of a focus after appearing in only surface storylines in season one, and I think that the loss of Mitch will provide many opportunities for worthwhile spotlights in the coming episodes.

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