My Faithful Readers, brace yourselves. I’m about to let you in on a dirty, dark secret that you may not have known.
Sometimes, I am—*wait for it*—wrong about things.
I know, right?!
I could hardly believe it myself, but trust me, it’s true. It’s damn true.
I am, on occasion, wrong. Today, we’re going to look back on one of those times.
Two months ago, I gave a—ahem—less-than-glowing review of Zooey Deschanel’s new sitcom New Girl.
At the time, it was fully deserved. The pilot was awful and left me wondering how the show ever made it on the air in the first place.
Luckily, Zooey and the rest of the cast and crew have done their damnedest to prove my review was too shortsighted.
The show has gotten better. In fact, it’s gotten much better.
It’s not “must-see” TV. It’s not “reschedule your evening” TV. No, it’s not great TV, by any means, but it is drastically more watchable and enjoyable than I’d originally envisioned.
The episodes tend to be a lot of hit or miss, but they seem to be hitting far more than they’re missing.
The biggest issue is that the writers want to keep pushing Zooey’s “adorkable” character down our throats and they’ve turned her into more of a caricature than a real, watchable person. Until they get her more grounded in realism, I’m going to have a hard time thinking this show is going to last.
It goes from being good and funny one minute to being unbearable the next and sadly it’s often because Zooey is simply playing up a fictionalized, audience-projection version of herself rather than creating a real character.
It makes for a very alienating lead and that tends to cancel out the otherwise solid performances from the rest of the supporting cast.
I think the show has some legs and could still be a legitimately good, long-running show, but it’s going to take some tweaking of everyone’s favorite manic, pixie-dream girl to make it happen.
Anybody else have any views on the show? Do you think it’s gotten better? Worse? Do you agree with me about Zooey’s character? Disagree? Etc.
Hit it up in the comments…