Romance was in the air in Go On this week, as we got a very early Valentine’s Day episode. I usually hate those, so all things considered; I guess it did pretty well. I laughed and it was good, but it wasn’t in any way great. Keep on reading to find out why.
First, let’s refresh our memory since it’s already been a few days after the airing. It all starts the day right after the group walked in on Ryan and Simone having sex at Anne’s house. Lauren was mad, perhaps from jealousy over Ryan, perhaps from hatred over Simone. Either way, I still don’t know what to make of her and our protagonist. In any case, she claimed her feelings to be about the difficulty inbreeding would bring to the group when it came time to discuss their feelings about the relationship.
Of course, that meant such a time would come almost immediately. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to see Janie’s Ghost back again. However, what was shocking (and rather funny) was finding out she was now dating other ghosts. This turned out to be Ryan hurting himself for the guilt dating made him feel, which was rightfully explained to him by the member’s of Lauren’s other weight watchers group. (The group also had four Yolandas! Maybe Ryan should become fat next season, this group seems fun!)
Eventually, Janie appeared again and actually encouraged her widower to go for it and attempt moving on. This was sweet, and it opened the room for Ryan and Simone to actually have a shot. Let me tell you as well that this pleases me much because I rather enjoy the Simone character by now. I hated her the first few minutes of last week, but her comedic potential is great and hasn’t failed yet.
On the other side, we had the story of the rest of the group. With the exception of Danny who is usually excluded, and George who seems to have disappeared, everyone was helping Lauren plan a wedding. She had been reluctant to it and the girls in the group were worried, so they recruited Owen as her body double and went in search of a dress.
One thing led to another, and in the end they were planning a Valentine’s Day soiree to honour all of themselves and not any man or need for one. By this point, aside from a few discussions over music, that plot was pretty much done. Nevertheless, it let us have a few good jokes in there that really helped move on an otherwise dull narrative, at least in the Ryan front.
This point is probably best for my biggest critique of the show. I hated the pilot. It was a dreadful Ryan-centred snoozefest, and so were the next few episodes. However, at some point things shifted, the rest of the characters began showing more development and it became a fun show. It was also very sweet to see them help Ryan get over his loss and love for himself, and become a better guy.
Still, at this point that chapter is more than overcooked. Ryan’s search of new love is funny, but it’s turning repetitive. What this show really needs is to refocus slightly away from Ryan and more on everyone else. The best bits are the ones where we see group interaction or pairings that are a bit unusual. I love the girl friendship going on, for example, and Danny and Sonia looking for a cat was sweet. Ryan’s struggles, not so much anymore.
Still, this week it wasn’t so bad. Piper Perabo and Matthew Perry have some sort of chemistry, I guess, so it was cute seeing them together. I only hope she remains like she is and they don’t over caricaturize her, cause that can turn annoying easily. Hopefully they will have some more storylines with the rest of the groups like this week’s as well. I really enjoy seeing them. I love the Mr. K/Yolanda dynamic. I also enjoy it when they pair up each individual character with Ryan and explore that interaction. If they stick to that and move away from the boring and repetitive love dramas, the show can keep moving forward as well as it has been doing so. I do understand they needed this story to really ground the Simone/Ryan thing, so if they let it grow, it can be fun. If instead they go the other way and break them up to give us drama, it’ll flunk.
Let’s see what happens. In the meantime, what do you think?
Luiz R. Ruiz – @Not_reallyLuis