Wednesday, April 12, 2023

What I’m Watching: Schmigadoon (Season Premiere)

Schmigadoon: Season 2, Episode 1 “Welcome to Schmicago” (B+)

It’s a nice treat to have this show back, especially since Apple TV+ kept us in suspense for a while about whether it was actually going to be renewed. The lead-up to the characters’ decision to try to find Schmigadoon again was both entertaining and dispiriting, with Melissa being bluntly told “No one said corn pudding” in the supermarket and the endless montage of “There’s the foot” / “Does it hurt?” as they sleep-walked through their lives. The new town they found is definitely not Schmigadoon, and while it’s not nearly as shocking or scandalous as its performers would like to think, it is quite dark. It’s fun to see how Josh isn’t able to recognize anyone that had a different role in season one, while Melissa is definitely paying attention and wants to make sure that they don’t cross the wrong people. Dove Cameron is this season’s early standout as Jenny Banks, whose “We’ve Gone Kaput” was the musical highlight of the episode. I’m very happy with the two notable cast additions in this episode: Tituss Burgess as the Narrator and Patrick Page as Octavius Kratt. Things didn’t go too well for Josh as he ended up as the prime suspect in a murder, and the leprechaun cutting their car wires only made things worse. This is going to be a gloomy adventure, one that’s sure to have some comedic and otherwise just bizarre moments as Josh and Melissa struggle not just to find happiness but to make it out of this miserable place with their lives.

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