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Suburgatory Season 2 Review “Blowtox & Burlap”

Valentine’s Day episodes can be difficult ventures for some television shows. For starters, the very nature of a Valentine’s show requires a greater emphasis to be placed on the couples. If your show’s most compelling characters are in relationships , that’s super. If not, you run the risk of pushing some of the more enjoyable characters into the background for the sake of showing television viewers that you care about a completely phony holiday (that’s right, I said it). To get out ahead of this potential issue,  Suburgatory  paired up nearly their entire main cast. With the exception of poor Dalia (who still got in one of her patented monologues), all of our particulars in  East  Chatswin have stars in their eyes for someone else. It wasn’t an episode that was going to build on the momentum of the fantastic last few weeks, but the Valentine’s Day episode is an unfortunate necessity of network television. READ MORE...

Suburgatory Season 2 Review “Body Talk”

I’ve talked at length about  Suburgatory ‘s wonderful work in the high school setting. It remains the show’s safe haven  of experimentation and challenging the stereotypes that pervade the adult world of the show. Recently, the show has experimented with the idea that maybe it’s Tessa with the warped sense of reality. At the very least, she’s still struggling to match  her perception to her reality. Somehow, in her relationship with Ryan, Ryan has left their small quibbles looking like a man exasperated by his girlfriend’s questionable outrage. In the end, it’s been Tessa who has felt contrite. She’s starting to understand Ryan better, but she’s not rushing off to all of his games either. On the flip side, Ryan’s big heart and moderate levels of self-understanding show the more tender and attentive side to him. He may be The Body, but he’s a man of divergent interests and skills. READ MORE...