Thursday, September 30, 2021

What I’m Watching: Mr. Corman

Mr. Corman: Season 1, Episode 8 “Hope You Feel Better” (B+)

Earlier this year, a number of films started to premiere about life during the pandemic that I found thoroughly relatable and enjoyable, and I’m appreciating the way some television series are handling the sudden onset of a new reality in a similar way: incorporating it into their storylines midseason just as it at one point became a part of every viewer’s life. Josh already has plenty of anxiety which makes his functioning in the world more difficult, and the freaking out he did here didn’t spill over into his teaching but did affect his personal relationships. The trap he continually found himself in while handling the burgers was entertaining and completely understandable given early wiping habits that others like Josh would surely still do to this day, and Victor’s need to go to work since his job depended on him being out and about showed how different people had to respond based on their circumstances and the nature of their work. Going to his mom’s house to quarantine even though Victor hadn’t actually been exposed to anything was a bit of overkill that so many people still did, and I loved that she tried to screen his call when he could clearly hear that someone had come over, which didn’t sit well with his isolation ideology. Larry’s politics are also not aligned with how Josh sees the world, and it was fun, if quite awkward, to hear them talk at the table and then go for a daring walk out into the world together.

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