This blog is slowly becoming an open letter to various female comedians; I understand this. This is all I have.
Anyone watched The Mindy Project? No, probably not. Despite my rave reviews and persistence, you’re not missing out. I’ve really given it a chance, and yes of course I’ll still watch it, but, gosh darn it, I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend. This truly pains me to admit, because she is so cool, and had so much potential to be the next Tina (yeah, I said it).
Of course everyone knows the minutia of her life, so you’ll know she basically learned to write at The Office. You’d think being at a show which mastered the art of character and letting a joke land would affect her somehow, But TMP fails in all these areas and more. I appreciate that she’s let Mindy the character be unlikeable; it’s a brave choice that isn’t often taken in shows with a female lead. But the problem here is, man or woman, you can’t have a heavily flawed character who is also super annoying. I can take a flawed character, I really can. But the one flaw I have no time for is the damsel in distress. Some people might not see it as a flaw, but endearing; it makes me want to vomit, and it’s been really played up in TMP lately.
ON TOP OF THIS there’s no other un-annoying characters in this show, and it’s not even like they’re annoying but well rounded; their only one facet is annoyingness. It’s a shame because it’s got some great writers, two from 30 Rock, so you’d think it’d be a better attempt. And don’t even start on this reliance on guest people for ratings. It’s really hindered the development of this season, for Mindy and all the characters, because all we see is her in relation to different types of men, and then some pointless B story for the rest of the other ‘characters’.
Anyway, all I’m saying is, I’m very sad this is a bad show, and It needs to be scrapped. I feel so bad for her,but she’s put herself into this hole, and I can’t imagine there’s a way out at this point. It’s not like other shows like Parks and Rec that needed a good two season development time, its left itself no leeway for change. All the characters have their ‘thing’ and that’s made them caricatures from the beginning. I am fully aware that I’m the only person in the world who cares about this, or has thought about it this much. I apologise for nothing.