Two weeks ago, Todd VanDerWerff from the AV Club wrote a blog entitled â30 Rockâs Dangerous Decline and the Shadow of Will and Grace,â which I took some umbrage with mostly because I disagreed with many of the points ... and partially because there were a few that I did in fact agree with. He basically posited that the lack of character development and proliferation of plots has been what's bringing the show down, though that's a bit of a reduction of his argument. Last weekâs episode was particularly disappointing and made me question whether VanDerWerff was right on more than Iâd initially thought.
But this weekâs episode brought me back as a believer. It wasnât one of the showâs instant-classic that Fay and co. were churning out with ridiculous speed during the first couple seasons, but it was still a very good episode. By the standards of a lesser show it was a great episode. Weâve still been led to expect better, but if the rest of the season pans out in the same manner Iâll be only slightly disappointed.