CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND finally got my attention
The life of the characters in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are mostly undesirable, but oh so juicy to watch. I've been ignoring this tv show for quite some time now. It seamed too over the top and, as you can imagine, a tad too dramatic. Which, of course, it is, but the kind of self-aware dramatic that I hadn't anticipated, even though it won a few Emmys and obviously amounted to something more that just entertainment.
The show is well-written, acted, choreographed and filled with feminist and other smart references that will keep most hyperactive minds hooked. It's two seasons in and by the looks of the narrative it has a lot of chances of making it for a few more.
Each episode is around 40 minutes, which is a nice chance from the bite-size 20 minutes sitcoms, and actually offers enough narrative texture to really suck you in in the lives of the characters. Story and bitterness wise, it reminds me of You're the Worst, without all the music, of course. And now that I mentioned this, I'm realizing it somehow replaced Glee, in the large television brain where all the shows live.
Season one and season two introduced the show's main character with tho different theme songs, which is only one of the things that speak to the show's commitment to the flow of creativity. You can watch and listen below.
"When most shows change their theme song it’s a cosmetic difference, just a little something to freshen the old girl up. When Crazy Ex-Girlfriend changes the song it’s a whole new mission statement. Rachel Bloom’s hilarious relationship show (with musical numbers!) may be a little bit more focused for its second outing and that makes this often overlooked gem twice as good.
The original theme song recapped the logline for the program each week, telling the audience that Rebecca Bunch (Bloom) was working hard at a New York job but it made her blue. After a chance encounter on the street with her middle school ex Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), she decides to quit her career at a white-shoe law firm and move to West Covina, California, a dumpy suburb that just happens to be Josh’s hometown. She repeatedly tells everyone – including her new bestie and co-worker Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), her low-energy neighbor Heather (Vella Lovell) and Josh’s best friend Greg (Santino Fontana) – that she didn’t move there for Josh, it’s just a coincidence. However, we all know that she’s kind of crazy.
The new theme song tries to mitigate Rebecca’s insanity. “I’m just a girl in love,” Rebecca sings in an Andrews Sisters style. “I can’t be held accountable for my actions.” It’s not Rebecca that’s crazy, it’s love that is making her crazy. The chorus echoes her sentiment. “They say loves makes you crazy,” they sing. “When you’re calling her crazy, you’re calling her in love.”" (The Guardian)
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend still pulls gloriously silly gags like that Daryl broom out of nowhere, but also feels more emboldened to go meta and self-referential this season. (At one point Greg tells his dad: “I can’t just pick up and move across the country. I’m not crazy.”) While that type of Über-self-awareness fits in nicely with the show’s sensibility, there are times when things feel just a little off. Perhaps because of pressure to meet the high expectations set by season one or just some minor challenges finding its footing in season two, the writing occasionally comes across as forced, especially with regard to the Rebecca-Josh-Greg triangle. Characters make rash decisions or flip-flop from one scene to the next in a way that maybe isn’t that different from what happens in a typical rom-com, but suggest that co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Bloom, and the rest of their team could benefit from pumping the brakes a little themselves." (Vulture)
"et among the many profound discussions stemming from addictive musical numbers like “The Sexy Getting Ready Song” and “You Stupid Bitch,” perhaps too little credit was given to the thankless side of Rebecca’s character, and to Bloom for creating and embodying a woman whose mistakes are alienating, empathetic and educational in brilliantly calculated combinations. As endearing and identifiable as Bloom made the oft-labeled “crazy” woman, there were moments in Season 1 — and are moments in Season 2 — when it’s hard to see her choices any other way. Yet what made the first season such an accomplishment was how it approached its title, honestly embracing Rebecca’s questionable decision-making in order to cast aside the accepted sexist label attached to it. (The situation’s a lot more nuanced than that!)" (Indiewire)
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