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You’re an Alto…Bradley Whitford is savage
As happy as I was about last week’s Fork Fest, this week felt like a regression. The Second First Church Choir has “lucked” into a spot in the Regionals, so it’s time for an audition montage!
Every choir needs a soloist, which clearly needs to be Ginny (Anna Camp). But during auditions, we realize that Ginny suffers from stage fright. That shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone; she’s too nice to her ex-husband, her neighbors, and Arthur. What is shocking, this is out of the norm for Anna Camp.
I’ve compared this show to Pitch Perfect before, and in those movies Anna Camp is a “mean girl.” Not Regina George mean, but definitely “Big Red” mean. It’s great to see Anna play Ginny as insecure compared to her previous characters. But that also means we get a typical TV plot: “Stage Fright” + “Uplifting Speech” = “Stage Fright Solved.”
We learn that Ginny hears music in her head, so she’s never singing alone. She prefers singing with the group instead of singing by herself. As Arthur walks by her place of work, we get to see what that’s like. Ginny sings (and trumpets) “9-5” which is a fun bit of editing. However, a TV show can’t just be “fun editing” i.e. Game of Thrones Season 7.
So now we just need Arthur to give Ginny an uplifting speech…
The first attempt by Arthur, was for Ginny to create a new persona and head to an Open Mic Night. So, Ginny puts on a bad-ass glittered denim jacket and creates a new name (Darlianna Woodbeam). Clearly, creating a new identity wasn’t the solution, so Ginny still suffers from stage fright.
Finally, Arthur gives the actual uplifting speech we all deserve, and where else, but in the restroom.
Stage Fright Solved!
The B-Plot was nothing more than background noise. Dwayne and Wayne still pine for Ginny. The Rev is mistakenly seen as an alcoholic. Somehow they eventually all become best friends again. Fixing problems like that should have at least taken four episodes. Resolving betrayal (or perceived betrayal) can’t just be the B-Plot in a single episode.
Overall, a cool bit of editing can’t save a show from typical sitcom tropes this early in a show’s infancy. And fixing a friendship needs to happen over time, which takes away the realism out of a sitcom.