Wednesday, October 3, 2012

'The Mindy Project' Review - 1.02 Hiring and Firing

        On the newest episode of FOX's The Mindy Project, Mindy is given the responsibility of hiring a new nurse and she offers the position to Morgan, a reformed ex-convict; and Jeremy puts his dating break-up skills to the test when he has to fire a problematic elderly nurse.

        The pilot episode of this show was so much Mindy that none of the supporting characters had anything to do throughout that episode. This week it felt less like just the Mindy Kaling show and more of an ensemble office comedy. A lot of work still needs to be done to flesh out the personalities of each of those supporting characters but at least this episode was a step in the right direction.
        Mindy continues to be the main focus of the series but this episode also was able to scale her back so she wouldn't be as polarizing and in your face. The pilot had a very specific voice and tone while this episode moved more into a generalized comedy setup. Even the main plots of the episode - trying to hire a new nurse and disagreeing and trying to fire the elderly nurse - felt like stories that we have seen variations on on many other similar series. It was the banter between the characters - mostly Mindy and Danny - that made the stories feel different than overworked comedy trope. Kaling and Chris Messina have this natural chemistry that really makes these scenes work and that none of the other cast members quite have yet. There were actually moments of when Jeremy was trying to fire the elderly (and completely one-note) nurse that were hard to sit through. So moving forward, this series needs to work on the natural ease of the dialog amongst all of its characters while also incorporating all of them in smart strategic ways - and not just a few second cameos for all of the female characters not named Mindy.

So what did everyone think of the episode? Were you surprised that the show is actually set in New York? Agree that it was a step in the right direction? Share your thoughts in the comments.