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30 Rock is a comedy about "TGS with Tracy Jordan" a sketch show (based on Saturday Night Live) run out of 30 Rockefeller Centre in New York. Head writer Liz Lemon has to deal with temperamental stars Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney while also appeasing her boss Jack Donaghy. NBC 2006-???

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Episode 17 - Queen of Jordan

20 March 2011

Time constraints mean I have begun to assess which shows I can reasonably keep writing full reviews for. As I write largely negative things about 30 Rock and the show isn't going to change, I've decided to drop the formal structure for a blog one.

I enjoyed this change of format quite a bit. The writers committed fully to turning this episode into a reality show parody and it was far more enjoyable watching things play out than just another episode of 30 Rock. There was probably one story too many though and perhaps Jenna's story could have been cut back to allow more time for the other plots. Frank's tale of childhood love seemed fairly unnecessary until it provided the queue for Angie to admit that she missed Tracy. Liz' various clumsy attempts to convince Angie to call Tracy also felt underdeveloped.

But a lot of this was fun, especially Jack's increasing irritation with being portrayed as clumsy, gay and flatulent. It was as basic and predictable as humour can get but as you would imagine he played it beautifully. Dot Com's involvement was good as he used his smarts to 'out' Jack as revenge for his demeaning treatment.

I also enjoyed the running gag of how each character was introduced on screen with titles like "Jack, Tracy's Gay Boss." The comic highlight came as Dot Com was introduced as "Grizz's best friend" followed by "Grizz, Greg's best friend." Grizz then announced that he was off to lunch with the anonymous Greg to which Dot Com questioned "Again?"

I could have done without the joke about the man who had blurry-face syndrome. Why the writers have to smash the walls of reality down with nonsense like that I don't know. Otherwise this was what you would expect, lots of action, lots of jokes that didn't work so well but in general a fun departure from the norm.

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