'30 Rock' - 'College': Donaghy, undeclared
Liz and Jack try to recreate the college experiences they didn't have in an uneven episode
A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I minor in Bible sexuality...
"College" was an episode with a lot to like about it: the much-demanded return of writers room hijinks, and with it an amusing running gag about Jack as the voice of the pronunciation website(*); an introspective but funny Jack storyline that also had a good thematic parallel with Liz's; Liz horrifying Pete and Jack with her pizza-shotgunning ability; and one of the better homages I've seen to the "Where are they now?" gag at the end of "Animal House."
(*) And a meta joke about how Alec Baldwin wound up narrating "Thomas & Friends" for a couple of years.
But overall, "College" felt like one of those episodes we often got in the third season, where a lot of funny things happened but things didn't quite work as a whole. There's no sin in that - funny is funny, and we saw at various points in season four what it's like when the show is both disjointed and unfunny at the same time - but after the strong run of episodes we've had this season, the episode's flaws stood out more.
In particular, Liz having to embrace her unpopular destiny feels like a well the show has gone to a little too often, and that half of the episode definitely lagged behind Jack obsessing with the perfect microwave and being taught a lesson by his own voice. ("Goodbye, potato. Goodbye.")
Still, I laughed a bunch, and compared to another Thursday NBC comedy I'm bracing myself to write up, that is a wonderful thing.
What did everybody else think?
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