Bunheads: Movie Truck

Just dreadful. There isn’t much more to say. This week’s Bunheads dragged along with little of interest. The big drama took place in the background in a huge argument between Sasha’s parents. What we saw was small potatoes.

Fanny was on for a couple minutes to call Michelle to say she’ll have to teach because Fanny’s run off to a resort for a much needed vacation. Fanny’s neither fish nor fowl. When it’s convenient she’s the strict, disciplined woman, wise compared to the flighty Michelle, now she’s fled town for a vacation. Wouldn’t she just tell Michelle? Hey, I need a break. I’m going away and I insist that you help out for once. She’s not a wimp. It’s not outside Fanny’s comfort zone.

Anyway, Michelle teaches the class and that’s not a big deal though she keeps sputtering to Fanny that she can’t. It makes no sense since teaching the girls the dance for Hubble’s funeral was effortless.

The rest of the episode featured Michelle celebrating her birthday with a friend from Vegas and the nerdy woman who pined for Hubble. For some reason Michelle’s stuck with junior high social skills and allowing this nerd to come along was a sacrifice.

The other plot line involved Sasha and the girls sneaking in and out of her house to see a movie in the touring movie truck. I’ve forgotten why her parents would have objected to girls going out to see a movie on the weekend. There must have been some contrivance that attempted to support that notion. The problem that the writers needed was that the girls couldn’t get back inside since Sasha’s home alarm would go on automatically at 11 preventing them from entering without waking the parents’ who were having a knock out drag out fight earlier because Sasha’s mom discovered her husband was gay. (That would be the most dramatic thing to happen in town that week, but we just get a bit of gossip and little else about that. Neither Sasha nor her friends discuss that issue.)

The show was just so weird and so off. Who is really writing this? It’s amateurish and ABC Family Channel should really pull it. It’s a guilty displeasure at this point. The only thing worse on the air is Political Animals. I couldn’t stand more than a few minutes of that mess.

Bunheads: Better Luck Next Year

Again Bunheads had too much plot for its own good – and little else. I hope someone at ABC Family notices that this show doesn’t have all that many likeable characters. The Gilmore Girls had lots of interesting characters aside from Lorilei and Rory, hence the show worked.

This week the main issue was the Joffrey summer auditions. Who would get in? Unfortunately, this realistic, potentially interesting question got minimalized as shreds of trivial mini-stories about Michelle getting too much furniture shipped from Las Vegas (those scenes should have been deleted – No one is worried about Michelle’s old clothes and furniture – that’s not a burning issue) her struggle to put up a curtain rod, Fanny’s worries that the Joffrey might hold the auditions 30 miles up the road at another studio. Note: none of these would phase someone who’s got a grip on reality, certainly they wouldn’t phase Fanny whose only son recently died.

There was a shadow of a story between Boo and her mother, who’s banking on Boo’s failure and sabotaging Boo urging her to eat more junk food. Boo’s mom is obese and there’s clearly a potentially interesting story hear on how the nice, friendly mom is hurting her daughter in contrast with Sasha’s indifferent mom actually more. The redeeming part of the show this week was Sasha stealing from her mother to secretly do a good turn for Boo.

The plotting in Bunheads is so weak and tangled that it seems like this show was written before The Gilmore Girls and stashed in a drawer. Focus on these girls. I still don’t know most of their names. They’re a source of drama as are Fanny and Michelle. They can be quirky, but shouldn’t be weird. This week we learned that Fanny only sleeps a few hours a night. Thus she woke Michelle up at say 2 or 3 am to help her tidy up. Weak jokes ensued. The whole scene was implausible as Fanny has better things to do than hang up Michelle’s sweaters for her.

When they finally got to the auditions, i.e. the main event, we didn’t even get to see the girls dance. Instead we’re focused on Fanny and Michelle who’re enjoying a couple of glasses of wine at about 10am. Fanny fought for the right to host this event, which drew at least 100 dancers from all over and required extensive catering, but she spends the time chatting with a woman she doesn’t even like. As Fanny and Michelle drank, Boo came over to tell them she’d been rejected. The audition took 3 seconds. Fanny was wise enough to know that they were simply rejecting Boo because she’s not skinny. She kept putting wigs on Boo and telling her to adopt pseudonyms and keep trying till they gave her a fair shake. They never did, but Boo kept her spirits up anyway.

That scene was one of the pretty good ones but could have been better. Just lose the morning drinking as it isn’t cute and I don’t envision this show having a 12 step component. Also, show the girls dancing. Learn from Glee. When those kids perform we see them. We don’t cut to the teachers’ lounge and see the teachers sipping from secreted flasks.

I thought the show would get better this week. Not so.

Bunheads: Inherit the Wind (1.03)

The third episode of the promising Bunheads was rather ho hum. The show needs to establish a need for Michelle to stay in town with a mother-in-law she barely knows. That business was taken care of with this episode. So this episode itself was nothing to write home about. I could point out its blandness, but I like the two leads and Amy Sherman-Pallidino, the executive producer, so let’s just say this is not a must-see, while hoping that next week the show can concentrate on the relationships at hand.

Basically, there was a sit down with Hubbell’s lawyer who explained that Michelle now owns the house and land. Both Michelle and Fanny were stunned, especially Fanny, who figured she’d be homeless.

An annoying, self-interested real estate scared Michelle hoping to get her to $ell. Fortunately, Michelle got stranded on a multimillionaire’s property and had to meet him. The eligible, handsome millionaire gave Michelle some good advice and so she won’t get conned into selling.

I do expect this debonaire catch will soon be available for Michelle, they’ll date and we’ll have a cliff hanger featuring the future of their relationship. How unlike anyone’s life. Naively, I still Bunheads think has potential and even if it’s just a Cinderella story.

In essence it was an hour of set ups and contrivances with the occasional wit.

Seems there was no Bunheads this week probably due to the holiday. It’s too bad since due to the high temps sitting inside watching TV is a good way to cope.