At this point in the show’s freshman season, Go On has put a greater focus character exposition andfunny gags than adding depth to the characters. Yes, we’ve seen growth and change, but most of the characters remain two-dimensional and meaningless outside the scope of the group. They clearly don’t feel confident about group members striking out totally on their own. Plenty of pairs have gotten run in real world settings, but it always ties back to the group. While the therapy group is the center of the show, group members need to be able to have adventures of their own.
Not to keep bringing it up like the college senior who likes to talk about their summer abroad, but having group members function as individuals is something done exceptionally by Parks and Recreation. It’s a show with an entertaining cast of characters that can pair the characters in all manner of ways and get humorous and worthwhile results. They don’t have to report back to the group, and it makes the characters’ bonds seem deeper and richer because we know they have these shared experiences that others may not know about. Go On could do those sort of things. Not every story needs to be fodder for group conversation. Not every storyline needs to surround their reason for being in the group. These people are just weirdos. It could be fruitful to simply explore their idiosyncrasies outside of the context of the group. At this point, it’s hard not to work off the assumption that the show doesn’t trust the ancillary characters to have a completely independent storyline. It’s a move that needs to be made for the sake of the long term health of the show.