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The Mindy Project wrapped up its first season, as Mindy decided to join Casey on the year long mission trip to Haiti  – seemingly solidifying their relationship, but leaving her professional life hanging in the balance. This has been an up and down season with some bright spots, but just not enough character development of laugh-out-loud moments to really satisfy. Given the cast and writers, I came into this show expecting a comedy series with a few meaningful story lines thrown in to make the viewer think every once in a while. On occasion the show did actually address some interesting topics and issues, Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jwgoss

May 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Too old for this

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I thought this was a stronger episode than in recent weeks. As usually is the case with this show, the laughs came from random moments of good writing and/or good comedic delivery rather than from funny plotlines. For example, Mindy’s shower scene exclamation Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

May 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Triathlon and trying too hard

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After a couple of weeks off, The Mindy Project returned in fairly good shape. The team version of the triathlon that this episode features is a pretty good metaphor for the show: different participants/episodes have different strengths, but no one is the full package. Tonight’s episode offers an especially clear example of what I think is a strange problem that plagues this show: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

April 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Sunny Santa Fe would be nice

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I’m not sure what’s going on with the show’s schedule right now. In last Tuesday’s episode, Mindy met the pastor, and it seemed like she might see him again. On Thursday’s episode (not sure why they stuck one in there), she went to a club alone and went home with a guy she thought was hitting on her. After finding out he was a prostitute, she tried to “pretty man” him. Then in last night’s episode, she appears to be in a semi-serious relationship with the pastor. The opening scene showed them in bed, with Mindy quizzing the pastor about whether he would kill to avenge her murder. In that hypothetical scenario, Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

April 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I’m going to ‘Pretty Woman’ him

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This week we got a double shot of The Mindy Project and this second episode was actually a welcome addition. Once again, the show did a great job of tying together the two storylines and it made for a more coherent and focused episode. Likewise, they returned to some of the strengths of the show from earlier episodes that made this week a lot funnier. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jwgoss

April 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

When it comes to prisons, I’m the gynecologist

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This week The Mindy Project goes to church… kind of.  More accurately, they superficially touched on the topics of religious differences in dating/relationships and the motivation behind people’s altruism and selflessness. These are rich and complex subjects that entire seasons or even series have been dedicated to exploring, and wisely The Mindy Project didn’t delve in too deeply. This is supposed to be a comedy after all, and these issues could threaten to take the show in a serious, dramatic direction. That being said, if the show is going to give topics a cursory treatment to keep things light and preserve a comedic element it’s important to actually have a funny episode! Read the rest of this entry »

Honesty is the best policy

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This was another so-so episode of The Mindy Project. I suppose the theme of its two stories is something like “It’s hard to be honest, but honesty makes for better relationships.” Ok, that’s fine, but the message the episode really conveys is “It’s hard to write television comedy.” The first plot concerns Danny’s childhood friend, Stevie, who still lives on Staten Island and wants Danny to continue providing him with Vicodin after stitching him up after a fight. The second plot involves the unexpected return of Heather, Josh’s original girlfriend to whom Mindy was unwittingly the other woman.

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Written by emstaley

March 27, 2013 at 9:08 am