Monday, April 11, 2022

What I’m Watching: Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor: Season 2, Episode 4 “The Illusion of Choice” (B+)

This was a humorous concept, the idea that the illusion of choice enables people to be nudged in a particular direction. James suggesting that Neil’s face should be on garbage cans around the city so that people would know he was the mayor wasn’t a very flattering notion, and having him choose between three different shades of blue and green for the color of the actual trash can itself was a clear distraction from the fact that he wasn’t going to be happy about this association. Adding his voice to it was even more unappealing, though it did seem to prompt more people to throw trash away, ultimately leading Neil to support the rollout. Arpi seeing Neil’s face and purely by reflex throwing her pocket contents into his mouth was funny, and I was impressed that she managed to be a part of all the plotlines by just showing up unannounced and silently to rattle everyone. Tommy got energized by the idea of going after someone who was discriminating against tenants because of their astrological signs was entertaining, and Jayden’s transformation into what he thought a Scorpio was turned out to be both fun and unsettling. That it was all an act on Leaf’s part as a learned mechanism of not having to deal with people’s problems and allowing her to hone her many characters was predictably random if definitely unpredictable. Searching for a one-bedroom apartment with four to five bathrooms seems absolutely absurd, but it’s par for the course for this show, which takes the things we might think briefly and turns them into baffling reality.

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