Saturday, February 24, 2018

TV Show Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 3)

The wild antics of Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) as she continues to struggle with relationships in her mad search for love. After being left at the altar by Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), Rebecca retreats away from her friends and hides out in a hotel nursing her grief and plotting revenge. She reemerges and employs her best friend and co-worker Paula Proctor (Donna Lynn Champlin) to help her in various plots including some outrageous ideas like sending Josh her poop disguised as cupcakes.  As her various attempts to get back at Josh fail, she turns to the person she believes is capable of great cruelty, Nathaniel Plimpton III (Scott Michael Foster). Rebecca seduces him and they plot really terrible things to do to Josh's family.

There are a ton of great songs in the early episodes especially "Generalize about Men" in which the women get together to complain about the men in their lives. Josh struggles with his education to become a priest as he learns it will take a bit more study than what he thought. Paula comes up with an idea to sue Josh and they prepare a lawsuit.  Rebecca grows so frustrated that she confronts Josh in the church and admits everything she has done leading to a bout of extreme anxiety as she admitted to all sorts of criminal behavior. Rebecca finds herself isolated and retreats to a place where she can be away from her coworkers and friends. Josh gives up on his plan to become a priest.

Rebecca returns to the care of her mother Naomi (Tovah Feldshuh) who takes control of her life and drugs her to make her feel better. She finally breaks free of her mother's control but overdoses on her drugs while taking the plane back to West Covina in a cry for help. The season transitions to Rebecca's recovery but she isn't always compliant with the recommendations of her counselor. Paula returns to her first crush which sparks another hilarious song. Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner) struggles with his relationship with White Josh (David Hull) and his desire to have a baby as Paula takes on this new project. Rebecca finds herself attracted to Nathaniel. Heather Davis (Vella Lovell) has been hiding out in college refusing to graduate out of fear until she starts to look for new opportunities to start a career.

Rebecca continues her affair with Nathaniel even though he is dating someone else. Just as Rebecca struggles with so many things, her stalker Trent Maddock (Paul Welsh) arrives to take advantage of her sensitive situation. He blackmails her and gets in the way of her relationship with Nathaniel until Rebecca frees herself by coming clean. The show looks like it was approaching an ending and I'm not sure if it will be renewed but the finale has Rebecca admitting her guilt for all the things she has done and possibly facing a prison sentence.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a fun and silly show that has some brilliant musical parts and delves into serious issues on occasion. The jokes are usually pretty funny while all the performances led by Bloom add to the hilarity. I entered into this series late and haven't gone back to watch the first season. I hope that it does get renewed but there haven't been any signs as of yet and I've heard the ratings are low for this last season. It did make some strange choices and I wasn't able to address all of those subplots here but the main story that sparked the series has since fallen behind as new relationships have become the focus and that may account for some of the loss of interest and chemistry on screen. I would like to see more musical shows in the future. 

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