Will’s general ignorance of the world, including thinking that it’s okay to leave an 11-year-old by himself at a large crazy party with ice luges and video hoes, is a bit hard to grasp. It’s obviously a convention of TV to have these man-boy characters, but it’s hard to imagine that they made it this far in life without a basic understanding of…mostly anything. He still definitely has his sweet moments, like comforting Marcus on the diving board and encouraging him to try for Total Exuberance (on his feelings wheel) if he wants to - and that Will's really fun to watch.
One of the great bits about the episode was the theme of lying. Although Will couldn’t corrupt young Marcus into lying to his mother about their wild day, he was able to corrupt his mother. When Fiona goes for a job interview she follows Will’s advice, leading her potential employers to call Will, her “former boss,” for a recommendation. Fiona also realizes that she might micromanage Marcus a bit - a realization that presumably come far before any sort of behavioral change in the area.
So far I’m still conflicted about the show. It’s got some great, funny moments, and at times some really interesting relationships. On the other hand it can feel a little broad, obviously NBC’s goal at the moment, and a little frustrating as Will’s instinct is consistently off. Obviously Will’s character has to change over time, evolving out of the thoughtless, selfish man-child of the first two episodes, but it does make it hard to root for him at times. Luckily David Walton brings some charm to the character, defusing some of the tension from his misguided actions. It might be really fun to watch this character grow, though a little hard to get through at first.
Overall I say, more Minnie Driver! If you’ve got Minnie Driver in your show, you have to use her - she only appeared in a few minutes of this episode, though provided some great moments, especially at the end. I look forward to some more Fiona-heavy episodes in the future.
I mentioned this in my pilot review, but I do really want to like this show, and I want it to succeed. It’s so early in its run that it could really go anywhere at this point, and I’m still hopeful that it can find its unique voice.
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