The New Normal‘s "Gaydar;" it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Well, I guess it wasn’t that melodramatic of a show, but, to echo a little of what I said last week, there are some themes the show retreads often and sometimes not in the most imaginative way possible. Sure, a story about the gay and straight stereotypes, bending gender norms and accepting possible sexual fluidity is a great subject for an episode, but I think the episode handled some of those issues a little too ham-fisted for my liking. Here’s what I’m talking about:
David’s big confession: David admitting to being a bully to percieved gay kids because he didn’t want to be ridiculed is a really good character flaw to explore. But, for some reason, the show decided not to go into flashback with this particular scene. Sure, it wouldn’t be a hilarious flashback like Shania giving the gardener a Les Miz screener, but I think highlighting this dark period in David’s life would have gone much further in showing how conflicted he was a kid and how he lashed out because he felt like he wouldn’t be accepted. It’s just a thought. In any case, I do know that having David and Bryan say really cliche stuff–no matter how true it is–was a little painful. To quote my sister (who often watches the shows I review with me), "Stop beating a dead horse."