Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review: Modern Family episode 1.1: Pilot

This was reasonably funny - I mean, a pilot is rarely going to be the best episode of a show. The characters aren't fully established, the writers haven't quite worked out what really works well and what doesn't, the tone isn't necessarily fully worked out. All that said, this does show quite a lot of promise. I liked most of the characters (and I never thought I'd say that about anything Ed O'Neill was in,) and all the plots were pretty funny in their mixture of the ridiculous and the gentle observational humour. There were a few moments of "Comedy of Awkward", which is a style I'm really getting sick of, but hopefully those die out as the show goes on. I can see Ty Burrell's character Phil Dunphy becoming real goddamn annoying, but hopefully Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd, the creators, manage to steer the show away from that.

After all, Steve Levitan is the guy who made David Spade seem not annoying, in Just Shoot Me. So, you know, he's got a pretty good track record.

Is this going to be one of those shows where every single couple on the show kiss, except for the gay dudes? I mean, I love The Sarah Silverman Program, but gay guys do more than just bump fists (or, in the case of the Modern Family pilot, chest bump). They have sweet make-outs, people. If you are going to try to portray a realistic monogamous homosexual relationship, you really do need to hire actors who aren't averse to the idea of making out with other guys. Otherwise their relationship because weirdly asexual, like they're just best buds who spend a lot of time together.

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