Luke Annand: Going into this week’s episode, part of me was nervous about the host they had for this week, Cameron Diaz.
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After last week’s episode that left a bad taste in a lot of fan’s mouths, “Lean In”, the last episode of 2014 written by newcomer Jesse Zwick and directed again by Lawrence Trilling, brought the events of last week’s episode with Max to a head, a wrinkle in the divorce of Julia and Joel, a goodbye to a beloved recurring character and in the closing moments brought Zeke once again on the path of inevitability.
I know what you’re thinking. “Who the Hell is Aaron Brownstein and why must he be stopped?” To answer the first part of that question, he was the kid in the kitchen during the second episode who got a bit too friendly with the wood matches and one of the knives. As to why he must be stopped, it has nothing to do with averting an oncoming apocalypse or anything like that.
This week’s episode of Parenthood covers the family members that were mostly absent last week as they deal with new responsibilities that are thrust upon them and the new forms of communication that comes with it while also bringing the saga of Julia and Joel to a head.
This week’s episode of Parenthood (“Too Big to Fail”, written by the duo of Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson and directed my one of my favorite directors on the show Jessica Yu), opens by doing what’s becoming a common practice in a lot of shows nowadays.
Luke Annand: Going into SNL this week, we have the return of another modern day stand-up legend who got their start in the industry as a one season performer on SNL back in the early 90’s.
After the last few weeks of heavy episodes, “The Scale of Affection Is Fluid”, which was written by newcomer Jesse Zwick and directed by TV vet Bethany Rooney, is a return to form for the series in that there was an even balance of drama with actual humor in the mix.
After the narrative and emotional limbo of last week’s episode, “A Potpourri of Freaks” (written by story editors Ian Deitchman & Kristin Rusk Robinson and directed by cast member Peter Krause himself), is somewhat of a return to form. We don’t have one major plotline going on that has all the cast members in orbit …
As we wind down from the pilots of the new series of the 2014/2015 seasons, it’s always important to keep in mind that while any pilot is a crap shoot in terms of potential and longevity, pilots for comedies in particular have it especially rough.