30 Rock Season 7 Review “My Whole Life is Thunder”

Shows with definite end dates, like 30 Rock, try to accomplish several things, but often their primary goal is fan service (Unless David Chase or David Simon are prominently involved). Even a cynicalcomedy writer like Tina Fey spent last week marrying off Liz Lemon in as dreamy of a sequence as she could possibly muster. Clearly, that episode left Fey feeling a little dirty, because this week the Joke Ray was cranked up to full blast.

All of the old classics were whipped by the heads of viewers at speeds that remain incomprehensible to me. Jack’s mojo, Jenna’s craziness, Jenna’s continuing (one-side) feud with Mickey Rourke, the delightfully horrible Colleen, and some shots at their own show were all on full display. The timing of this particular episode seemed crucial. After last week’s break in Liz Lemon form, Fey wrote an episode that was a celebration of a lot of the wonderful things about 30 Rock. Sure, there was a wedding and a funeral, but tonight’s 30 Rock was all about the jokes. A few of the more spirited jokes centered on Fey’s favorite stereotypical target: women. One week after celebrating the stereotypical woman in her wedding episode, 30 Rock returned to their most fertile ground that doesn’t involve the Republican party. From a lack of technical skills know-how ("Take the disc out and blow on it!") to nymphomaniac virgin widows with a latex allergy, there was no shortage of fodder for jokes from the female talent in tonight’s episode. Read More...



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