Tuesday, January 12, 2021

What I’m Watching: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

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

I’m impressed with the way that this show is building on its established elements and making them work even better as it continues to develop. Zoey’s gift has always been a somewhat awkward part of the show since the characters don’t know that they’re singing their heart songs, and there’s a uniqueness to Max since he knows it’s happening but isn’t aware of exactly what Zoey hears. His inability to stop focusing on baseball and alternately getting way too excited was entertaining and also uncomfortable, and it was wonderful to hear Zoey say that she knew the song he was singing and opt to duet with him, even if he wouldn’t be able to hear his part and there was no music to score hers. That’s a cool way of adapting to something she can’t understand or change, and it helped her get to a better place with other problems in her life, like the bro culture at work that she’s actively working to change with Leif and Mo’s worries about partnering in business with Max. I’m not sure either of those will go completely smoothly, but it’s nice to see them both proceeding positively after an uncertain start. Jenna’s visit was an excellent opportunity for Maggie to step in and help provide both her and her sister with some much-needed support, not to mention a worthwhile song performance. I like that there’s some variety to the types of songs that are being featured and the different energies that are being conveyed in them.

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