Suburgatory 1.4 “Don’t Call Me Shirley” Review
During the initial three episodes of Suburgatory, the show undertook the task of revealing a number of the weaknesses within the suburbs, extending from the controlled quality of life to the overstated uninteresting lifestyle of the persons that reside there. However the show highlighted a positive aspect of the suburbs in Do not Call Me Shirley. Though the suburbs might be an area where everyone knows your name, and that implies that it can get smeared at any point in time, however the suburbs are typically a relatively calm and safe area that’s quite suitable for households with kids. Whether you agree or not, the sense of security that the suburbs offer can not be obtained in any other place.
That explains why George transferred Tessa there; taking into account the way she currently yearns for the blaring of police sirens as well as why the stealing of Sheila Shay’s valued set of Shirley Temples dolls was an excellent storyline for them to look into. Up until now, the show has attempted to dismiss the idealized conception that suburbs are areas with low security challenges, so how will things turn out if security of the persons living there is threatened?
With the exception of Dallas and Dalia, all the Chatswin dwellers were quite tough. Dallas and Dalia went to stay with Tessa and George till things got out of hand. This episode brought the formidable quartet together for a prolonged period and viewing the way they related with one another, makes one wish that this should have been done at an earlier time. Of course they have attended school and other events together; however their being with Dalia Royce unaccompanied in a house is one great experience. It’s kind of nice that the show is already attempting to prove that there is more to the Royces being mere neighbors across the street, even though the show gets better when it involves more characters. A series like Suburgatory that has got this sort of deep bench can make use of additional secondary characters that will simply show up, utter something hilarious, and feature for only a few minutes and there will be no problems. However if the show must flourish, it will need to have characters that appear regularly apart from Tessa and George.
The series looked at security on a whole new dimension by nicely locking Tessa away in Suburgatory. All that Tessa is interested in doing is getting out but she is not able to do it. She has to remain there till she is 18. The plan she and Dalia came up with looked like a last minute attempt by someone that was becoming frantic to go back to their former way of life; but she needed to realize that it would not be that efficient.