Episode 22 - Everything Sunny all the Time Always
1 May 2011
Jack has often stopped me from venting my spleen over how awful 30 Rock is. For some reason Tina Fey has protected the Jack character and prevented him from being dragged down to the level of nonsense that the other characters go through. But finally that nonsense caught up with him and here Avery is captured by the North Koreans. The silliness isn't the problem, the problem is that Jack isn't upset or nearly distraught enough.
I know many viewers will think it's pointless to take anything on 30 Rock seriously but as I always say that is to remove the essence of comedy. Comedy is truth plus pain (says John Vorhaus) and he is right. If you remove any truth from something then it isn't comedy, it's just nonsense. Jack was reduced to being Tracy and Jenna when he didn't weep and scream over the abduction of his wife. This is a character who has shown genuine emotion over things (his mother, his father, Don Geiss). So to now show emotion now reduced the story to nothing.
I continue to resent 30 Rock for being seen as witty comedy when they pull out Kim Jong-il jokes. How hysterical. Seriously? Is this the height of wit? Kim Jong-il talking crap and quoting movie lines. One of the reasons I resent it is that Condoleeza Rice clearly thinks it's a smart show because she chose to display her inadequate acting skills to the world in the midst of this nonsense.
The Liz story was far too rushed. Her sudden productivity in getting her life sorted out needed more time to sink in before she encountered an obstacle. The Tracy story was just irritating. I actually liked the premise that overgrown-child Tracy would want to recreate a joke he missed while away in order not to be left out. But it did nothing for me and just made Tracy seem like an ass hole throughout.
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