AV Club is doing another one of their "walkthroughs" of sitcoms with Robert Carlock discussing selected episodes of "30 Rock":
Exceptionally cartoony-looking scene from next week's premiere of "30 Rock":
Holy crap that was awesome. Probably the best season premiere 30 Rock has ever had. God Cop destroyed me every time they played it in the background.
Great episode, but the first Paas joke was pretty close to Patton's material. Also, with Alec Baldwin playing God I waited the whole episode for a Malice reference that never showed up.
I'm pretty sure the "Malice" reference was implied. They actually made a more direct reference to it in an earlier episode where I think Jack was actually in a courtroom at the time.
And I thought the same thing about the Paas bit. Even though the show is still funny, it's probably good that it's ending when it is because stuff like this shows they're kind of running low on ideas.
Edit: I knew there was another joke in last night's episode that's been done before, and I just remembered what it was. It was when Liz made reference to an "old fashioned Lemon party", which of course was used before when Buck Henry played her father in that one episode.
Last edited by BillBrasky; October 5, 2012 at 9:48 AM.
"It's a gift and a purse."
"Why are they blue?!"
This remains my favorite show on television. I generally don't care about lack of continuity or the weird flights of fancy but I was bummed to see that Jack was suddenly a capable and relaxed performer in front of the camera for his scenes during "God Cop" after seeing all those amazing moments of Jack the robotic weirdo during his various on-camera performances from those early seasons ("what do I do with my hands?") Of course, my nerdy disappointment was offset by the fact that "God Cop" is obviously the greatest thing ever. His partner on that show was awesome. "Pray to whom?!"
I thought part of the "tank it" method was putting his bad acting in the show, but the God Cop jokes were funnier without it. And I thought you guys were talking about "Malice" because Jane Krakowski broke that wine glass by squeezing it. That was in that, right? I never saw it.
In Malice Alec Baldwin has a speech about how his character doesn't have a God-complex:
"I don't like that at all." - Jimmy Pardo on my name.
That speech in 'Malice' was hilarious!! I'm not kidding. Now, whenever I see Alec Baldwin, he makes me laugh. (Except the "always be closing" scene in Glengarry Glenross. That was straight up serious and superb.
Everybody sleeping on the job again? We've only got 11 left, people! Let's praise this thing while we still can!
"Well I ate that goat" made me laugh as hard as anything this show has ever done.
To say nothing of "flesh vessel" and the whole immortal being speech!
The show feels like its being read off of cue cards held by a guy with a twitch. There were some funny lines but the whole enterprise feels like it is slouching towards the end of the run.
Honestly, I love Catherine O'Hara and Bryan Cranston so much, but meeting Kenneth's parents at this stage in the game feels so fundementally wrong, what with it being teased that Kenneth is some kind of immortal Jacob-from-LOST-like being who doesn't age, etc. I was not okay with it. As a result, nothing they said or did landed, and that storyline fell especially flat for me.
You guys, this is not the direction I wanted this thread to take!
P.S. I agree with Umlaut, but the glorious combo of Catherine & Cranston was enough for me to offset the fact that we definitely did not need to meet Kenneth's family. And while none of it makes any sense, I really appreciated the whole birth speech that both contradicted and fully supported the idea that Kenneth is an immortal, inhuman being.
P.S. P.S. This show makes me laugh hardest of all and I never want it to go away!