Where Does Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Want to Go?

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After being bombarded by ads for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (and getting somewhat psyched up to see what it was about), I caved and watched the first two episodes on Hulu. Upon watching the second episode of the new millennial-soaked musical dramedy, I came to the following conclusion:

Along with using my introduction solely as an excuse to use this GIF...


I'm not sure what to make of the freshman series.

For those unaware of the CW series, here's some backstory. Rachel Bloom (of "F**k Me, Ray Bradbury" and other outlandish videos) got together with a team, and came up with the idea of a mid-20s lawyer named Rebecca Bunch (Mike Ross from Suits apparently hasn't got shit on her) who's, well, kind of a "crazy ex-girlfriend." How? Well, for starters, she's obsessed (putting it lightly) with her high school sweetheart, Josh. How obsessed, you ask? In the pilot, Rebecca has a Broadway-caliber musical number take place about her love for the guy and how she's going to chase him (but more on that later).


She's neurotic to the point that Elaine would probably say "bitches be crazy" and side eye her. She's not just Zooey Deschenel manic pixie wacky. She takes that level of bonkers, ramps it up to ten, and actually acknowledges that she may, very well, be legitimately crazy. And when I say "crazy" and "neurotic," I mean she turns down a $545,000 promotion at her firm, stops taking her meds, moves to West Covina, California, and starts her life anew just to pursue happiness with Josh--even though she constantly makes mention that she didn't do it for Josh. Josh just happens to live in West Covina. 

Of course, as most of these series of events tend to go, there's a crazy current-girlfriend who, two episodes in, is complicating the happily-ever-after. Since, again, bitches be crazy. There's the kind of awkward best friend on both main characters' front (one of which has a crush on one of the main characters. I'll let you guess which character is crushing on which character, if it isn't somewhat obvious). Oh, and there are musical numbers out the ass. Seriously. The pilot episode features Nipsey Hussle and Bloom's main character performing a "Sexy Getting Ready Song," along with the aforementioned "West Covina" song.

Warning: Lyrics et al are kind of NSFW. Plug your headphones in and close the door and absorb the crazy.


But, even though it kind of plays like New Girl on Acid, there's something in these past two episodes that's keeping me from gushing over it. It could be that the character dialogue doesn't feel natural. This is especially noticeable with Rebecca's dialogue. It's like Bloom and company want to beat you over the head with the "hey!!! Look at Rebecca! She's cray-cray" without actually developing the character past the one-note joke of her being a "crazy ex-girlfriend," sexist term aside. Additionally, the song and dance numbers, even after two episodes kind of annoy me. 

"But, Speed," you may say, "you rap and you watched Glee." And while both of those are true, here's something that Glee knew how to do. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk knew when to stop the songs. Not every song performed on Glee ran the entire length. Every song within CEG does. And they're not all as off-the-wall funny as "The Sexy Getting Ready Song." For instance, in this week's episode, Rebecca sings a song that's half-Hannibal, half-Katy Perry. It just kind of gets cringe-worthy after a line about wearing someone's skin as a dress, even though it does have some wallop to its sarcastic take on pop culture.

Yeah. We go from Glee to American Horror Story: CW in about ten minutes. Quite honestly, as wacky as the motley crew of the show is, there seems to be a lot of potential for character study on the millennial generation and people as a whole. However, any sort of "people are dicks even when they're fun to be around" character study is usually thrown out the window by song-and-dance (yes, even when they're showing honesty and whatnot). So, again, I become confused as to what I'm supposed to make of it. 

Perhaps it's because the show was originally supposed to be a half-hour Showtime comedy, but it feels lost with regards to character development. Like, are we supposed to hate these characters, even with the "'aw shucks' meets 'holy shit'" goofiness, or are we supposed to full-out love them, even though they're slightly mean-spirited, not-that-bright assholes (not those other types of "Assholes," shameless plug). All of them. Yes, even Paula.

I'll take Rebecca on another date. Because I think that Rachel Bloom is funny, it's got potential, and quirky stuff usually gets shut down--only to reappear years later in a Netflix reboot (hi Arrested Development's weird-but-amazing fourth season). But, I may have to fake a phone call if the writers can't figure out where they want to go. 

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