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So I'm just now watching "Studio 60" from Monday.

After my disappointment in last week's episode, I was hesitant about settling in to be disappointed again. So perhaps it was my lower standards, or perhaps it was just dumb luck...or perhaps the show was just better this week...but it's rockin'.


Last week (either in journal or on the phone with Zoe, I don't remember), I mentioned that the stakes needed to be higher. That I wasn't caring enough about the situations. I like the Matt/Harriet dynamic, but as far as Ricky and Ron not getting to write, I wasn't feeling it. I thought it made for good conflict, but I didn't feel passionate about the issue. Jordan McDeare and her personal problems with her ex-husband wasn't working me into a tizzy, and that didn't even seem to make for good conflict.

But this week, they hit it. The stakes are high enough and the conflicts compelling enough to make you want to watch. Plus there was enough entertaining banter (though there could be MUCH more...you hear me, Aaron Sorkin???) to make me giggle.

So yes. It's not there yet, but it's making leaps and bounds.

That, or I need to keep my expectations low.

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ultraman
Oct. 12th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
The show within the show requires some work. Its not as funny as they led me to believe Matt and Danny were going to make it.

And the "funny" controversial bit from the Monday episode was pretty lame.
gailmarie
Oct. 12th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
I had actually written the post prior to seeing the way the live recut was handled, and I was kinda disappointed. It seemed a little dumb. I loved the idea that they were going to have to cut in a new live portion...that was great. But the execution was really sub-par, which I fear is becoming a motif. Good set-up, interesting concept, terrible let down. (They own the joke? Lame.)

Here's hoping that next week's episode improves.

And there really needs to be more Matt/Danny interaction. I swear, they weren't in the same scene until 30 minutes into the episode. The banter they have is good (when they aren't being too serious), but there really needs to be more of it. Especially considering that it's one of Sorkin's strengths. We could use some stronger moments in the show. It almost feels as though the characters are lacking interaction at all. The times they do collide are far too brief to be noteworthy. It's hard to think of any dynamic within the show that really works successfully every time.

[Bear with me as I work out this train of thought in writing...I apologize for incoherance...] I think DL Hughley, Timothy Busfield, and Bradley Whitford are the only actors who are currently succeeding at making the small, instantaneous connections with other characters quickly and concisely and moving on in the time allotted with the scripts. Obviously, Bradley and Tim have experience with this type of face-paced set-up, but the majority of the actors are really lacking and it's bringing down the pacing and everything feels so labored. They need to jump quickly on the dialogue, exchange quickly/confidently/concisely, and move on just as quickly. The exchanges need to be like a hurricane and, at best, they are currently managing a strong breeze with a little drizzling rain and a thunderclap or two.

Maybe I'm hoping for too much, but I just watched both seasons of "Sports Night" and I recently rewatched the first four seasons of "The West Wing" and those shows have the capability to 'wow.' (More so West Wing than Sports Night.) Studio 60 just isn't there yet, and I was hoping oh-so-badly that tonight would be the night it all came together. And it almost did.

Maybe next week...
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