Surburgatory 1.06 ‘Charity Case’ Review
Suburgatory has got these strange sudden changes in tone and that’s one aspect of the show that really needs to be improved upon. The show has done six episodes now, and still it has several different possibilities and directions that it could pursue. If it handles this well, it could possibly bring about a great series. However it seems like Surburgatory has been a bit inconsistent as regards when it puts across each facet of its distinctiveness. The show’s initial episodes may have contained humorous lines as well as characters that could easily be brought together in several different ways, but one thing they’ve lacked is a clear cut identity.
In this episode the show returned to the extensive comedy of some previous episodes and greatly intensified the cartoony characteristics of the happenings. There was nothing wrong with Tessa directing her energy/downbeat emotions on Chatswin individuals now that she appears to be all right with her dwelling in Suburgatory, however it appeared the episode played it a bit overly ridiculous and substantial without laying enough foundation for the show. The direction that Charity Case took was rather strange taking into account last week’s installment which was a measured, relaxed Halloween installment that mainly focused on character development.
One can rightly say that this episode had character development, because viewers got to learn that George was quite popular during his youthful days and Noah has got low self esteem in relation to George, however the episode expended a lot of time just to get there. It was good that for once viewers got to watch George with another person apart from Dallas, although Cheryl Hines is always an exciting character to view, so the blending with Noah was quite pleasant, but it seemed awfully Standard Issue Sitcom. No doubt about it, the show has made it known that it is able to jazz up unexciting-sounding storylines with its exceptionally witty conversation, and this episode had some of that, but it was not able to prevent the Skylight King’s escapades from being a bit flippant. To put it briefly, George is fixing a skylight inside Noah’s ultra-modern bathroom, takes a bathe, a maid catches him as he was bathing, George loses his balance, and strikes his tooth, which led to his needing the help of a dentist. All stakes are off when Noah refuses to give him any form of discount.
Viewers also found out that Tessa is quite philanthropic, even though her plot which had to do with lavish students of Chatswin going from attempting to rescue Floridians to attempting to rescue Tessa from herself only drew little attention to that fact. Viewers were given a closer look at the school enabling them see the sort of school Chatswin High is, in addition to giving Reggie Lee additional work, however rather than being unremarkable like George’s storyline, this was more incredible simply for the sake of incredulity.