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I struggled with this write up. I wanted a show about the trials and tribulations of our immigration system to be great – I really did. And if you remember my review of Perfect Harmony, a great cast can save a Pilot. But sometimes the gags in a show overshadow cast.
Just like my appreciation for Bradley Whitford, I enjoy Kal Penn. I saw all the Harold and Kumar’s, all the Van Wilder’s, and all the Designated Survivor’s. But, after watching years of Parks and Recreation, and seeing the inner workings of a small government office, I really didn’t like Penn’s Councilman Modi.
Perhaps I wasn’t meant to like him?
Again, a good cast can save a pilot, but the joke around “I work 20+ jobs to survive” – it was a big miss. It took me away from the realism this Pilot could have conveyed. It’s almost as if the “obvious joke”, needed to be more subtle.
Was I happy with cast’s performance? Yes.
Did I laugh in this episode? Yes.
Without that gag, would this have been a good pilot? Yes.