PARENTHOOD "I Don’t Want To Do This Without You" Season 3 Episode 1 – One of the main difficulties and joys in watching Parenthood is the sheer plethora of storylines. The show works best when it leaves one or two by the wayside for a week to focus more on just a sampling of storylines with more happening in them.
The third season premiere of Parenthood, understandably, left no storyline by the wayside. It jumped ahead several months from where the second season left off: Kristina is very obviously pregnant, Adam is still jobless, Crosby and Jasmine are not back together-in fact they’re trying to start dating. The episode is centered around Sarah’s fortieth birthday party. This provides a perfect opportunity to get the whole family together and for storylines to intersect.
Unfortunately it did not provide much opportunity for these storylines to breathe and move beyond a snail’s pace: take Julia’s want to adopt a baby. She notices that the latte girl at her firm is pregnant, learns that said latte girl is going to give up the baby, and ponders the right approach to take to see if she can adopt the baby. That doesn’t offer much in the way of suspense or pacing. However, it’s evident that the writers are aware of this problem which was the main criticism of the second seasonand are trying to transcend it: we are not subjected to multiple episodes of will-she won’t-she move into a dingy new apartment, Amber-style, and Sarah’s relationship with Mark is moving somewhere. Read More...