Sunday, May 15, 2022

What I’m Watching: Mr. Mayor (Penultimate Episode)

Mr. Mayor: Season 2, Episode 9 “The Recall” (B)

When I watched this episode, it was just another episode of what could have been a long run. By the time I got around to writing this review, however, it was the second-to-last installment we’ve ever see thanks to NBC’s decision to cancel it. It’s somewhat surprising that it lasted as long as it did given its true oddities, and that it didn’t have the same appeal as “30 Rock” and, unlike “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” wasn’t on Netflix, which has radically different measures of what success means that it doesn’t even share. It’s true that this show is strange and not always terrific, but I have enjoyed the opportunity to see these performers own these roles. Holly Hunter might actually be the best one in the cast since she’s so embedded in being a rabble-rouser who should have lost steam by this point in her life and governmental career, but everyone else, including Ted Danson, has also been great. I’m not sure I would point to this half-hour as a tremendous display of why the show should be kept around, though I would have loved to see Neil and Arpi face off in a recall election. Neil deciding to let it go forward because he believes he can still prove his competence likely won’t go well for him, but it’s hard to know what kind of ending we’ll see given that the writers probably didn’t know that this would be it. I wouldn’t expect anything too satisfying, but that’s never been the word I would use to describe this show anyway.

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