Whoa, that fucking title was a mouthful! OK, so here’s the deal, last week, was weird. One of the weird adventures that I took into the depths of hell over the past seven days was a three-hour tour of the new mid-season pilots.
I would have much rather been stranded for years on an island with Gilligan and the fucking Professor. It got raw. Heavy. There may have been attempts made on my own life in which my hand just went for it sans control of my brain. I, my friends, have stepped to the edge, hovered with one foot over the great chasm, and damn near lost balance with the other–now I’m back, to share this wisdom I have so brutally fought
for–we shall start with “Work It”. A show I watched that, ironically, given the absolute horrible reviews of the premise alone, left me with a feeling of hope for this mid-season batch of pilots.
I’m going to start by addressing the elephants in the room. Yes, I went plural. You have to when discussing this show. Let’s do this shit!
Remake, and a cheesy one at that of “Bosom Buddies”, “Tootsie”, Mrs. Doubtfire…
I get it, it’s been done. Everything has. Or have we all forgotten that Trey and Matt summed this one up years ago, THE SIMPSONS DID IT! Nothing is original in television anymore. Moving on.
The show is offensive by making fun of transgender people, by utilizing it as a gag.
Here’s the thing though, the show doesn’t use it as a gag. It’s a desperate man, making a desperate choice because he sees no other out. I swear, there were moments where this show came off as less of a comedy and more of a drama.
On the whole the jokes in this show were not lowbrow. Noted, major, huge exception being the third male supporting character, (Played by John Caparulo, a stand-up with some “Chelsea, Lately” credits, not personally familiar, so I’m withholding any judgement on his particular brand of stand-up.), a bar buddy of sorts to the primary characters. The jokes written for this guy were horrible, out-of-place, and seemed to be shoved in by some network notes along the way about “Needing a real American Midwest man represented.” I can practically hear the Tim Taylor grunt that followed…..
The subject of dolling himself up in drag is not done jokingly in this show, it actually comes about in a particular emotionally invoking scene for any person who has ever come up short, been underemployed or unemployed, and known that the beginning of the fucking month was coming. Whether you had the money for it or not.
The main character, Lee Standish, is played by Ben Koldyke. Personally, I have major respect for the guy, not only was he fantastic as the Dickish Don on “How I Met Your Mother”, he turned in an amazing performance as the lover of Alby Grant on “Big Love”. He brings nothing less to this role. The scene in which he notices that he might, could maybe, possibly, throw one last hail Mary pass at becoming an employed person is very touching. Almost as touching as the point in which he decides that seeing his friend waste away in a minimum wage, fast food job isn’t worth his pride, and he outs himself, so that his friend can see what it took him to get a job, and make the call for himself….
It was a good show. It had heart. And before you ask, yes, I have actually watched both episodes that were made available to Hulu and if another is posted I would certainly watch. I absolutely adore Amaury Nolasco, who played the secondary character, Angel, and am actually super bummed that I won’t be getting to see more of him on television this season.