Bunheads 1.06 "Movie Truck" Review

For its first five episodes, Bunheads was defined by a sadness that blunted a lot of its comedy. The one-liners have been very sharp from the beginning and it's been a treat to watch the writing find its rhythm; however, for every pithy pop culture reference that came fluttering out of Sutton Foster's mouth, there was a moment of loneliness, a twinge of grief that kept things a little more somber. Bunheads built itself on the pain that comes from loss, loss of a husband, loss of a son, loss of direction in life, but what happens when the pain finally begins to recede? What will Bunheads look like once the tears have been dried and a little bit of distance comes between Paradise and death?

"Movie Truck" shipped Fanny off to a vacation in White Robe, USA and turned the comedy up in the most entertaining episode of Bunheads yet. Though I admire the show tackling topics like unexpected death and the ability to move on while keeping a smile on your face, it's nice to leave behind the baggage and wallow in its distinctive dialogue. It didn't hurt things that this was the best episode yet of Bunheads regarding structure and tonal issues, offering only one brief emotional moment and finally figuring out how to implement the bunheads without their storyline seeming tangential. The parallel storylines of night outs with each group of girls made "Movie Truck" simple (but extremely effective) in terms of bringing Michelle and the girls together for a passing moment and pulling them apart in divergent endings. In some previous episodes, it felt like they existed in separate shows, but uniting them in a common theme (this case, trying to forget about the past through time with your friends) and simply letting them interact made the episode feel very sound and highlighted how good the cast can be. Read More...


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