GLX takes a look at the pilot episode of New Girl.
Sometimes, entertainment companies will let consumers view whatever their upcoming product happens to be. The hope is that they'll have a positive experience and to tell those around them that they enjoy it. This week, Fox unveiled the pilot episode of New Girl on iTunes - for free. It's been downloaded and seen by scores of people who've got their own take on it. I can't say that mine is positive.
Zooey Daschenel plays Jessica Day, a young woman who tries to move in with 3 guys after she catches her man cheating on her. She's socially bizarre, while possessing a good heart. Nick, Schmidt and Coach (played by Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Damon Waynes Jr, respectfully) are not too keen about letting her move in with them. That is, until Jessica unintentionally piques their interest by telling them that her best friend, Cece (played by Hannah Simone), is a model who has friends in the same line of work.
The guys are an odd bunch. On the surface, Nick is the most well-rounded of the three until the viewer learns that he deeply misses his ex-girlfriend - who dumped him 6 months ago. Schmidt is a decent, yet shallow guy that is into picking up women and relaxing with his bros. There's nothing really to odd about Coach, except that he tends to bark out words at random, which might be tied into his job as a personal trainer. Cece is the supportive friend that's the straight gal in her brief moments on-screen.
Even with the casts' quirks, none of the characters are worth caring about. They may have things that "make them stand out", but there's nothing fascinating to them. The laughs feel forced, even without a laugh track, and simply lacks wit. With the exception of Deschanel, the cast fails to excite; in all fairness, the script does the cast no favors. It's a chore to watch with no sign of fun around the corner.
I'm sure that the show will do fine commercially. The show has gotten a lot of positive feedback, which will likely translate into ratings. Despite that, New Girl is a show that grows old fast. The characters aren't worth any sort of personal attachment, the plot isn't enjoyable and it's not funny.
3.4* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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