Wednesday, January 16, 2019

REVIEW: 'Schitt's Creek' - The Rose Family Adjusts to Moira Being Away Filming a Movie in 'The Crowening'

Pop's Schitt's Creek - Episode 5.01 "The Crowening"

While Moira is in Bosnia filming the Crows movie that she hopes will revive her acting career, David attempts to take his relationship with Patrick to new heights.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. Premieres and finales may feature longer reviews. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of Pop's Schitt's Creek.

"The Crowening" was written by Daniel Levy and directed by Laurie Lynd

The heart of Schitt's Creek has always been the Rose family. That's what makes it so fascinating when they are all in successful and happy relationships at the same time but still feel very insecure about their futures. That's the core theme of this premiere. Johnny, David and Alexis are adrift a little bit because of the outside influences of their lives. Moira is more than fine going to Bosnia and filming a movie. Sure, it's a movie she rejected last season because of just how terrible it was. But now, she's making the best of a bad situation in the hopes of elevating it somehow. It may lead to more offers. That could be the future for her. It's what she has always wanted. It represents a way out of Schitt's Creek. But it's also just hilarious that she has to use a ridiculous voice and act amongst CGI nonsense just in order to get an acting role. That closing scene of the actual movie proves just how insane all of this is despite her best intentions. She commits fully. However, that's her primary focus here. She doesn't understand that Johnny is missing her immensely. This is actually the longest they have ever been apart. As such, Johnny is throwing himself into the work around the motel. It's enough for Stevie and Roland to notice - largely because he's doing what they're suppose to be doing. He is working harder than ever before. That mentality could really get things done in this town. However, it's also just a coping mechanism to deal with Moira's major absence. He finally addresses it as such. But that may also prove that he needs her in order to survive. They share such a powerful bond that can lift each other up at all times. He is there for her during her crisis here. That's the role that he has always filled in this relationship. But that also means he doesn't quite know what to do when she isn't immediately around him to help fill out his day. That's scary but there are people who understand what's going on and help him articulate these feelings - even though they won't cut him any slack either. Elsewhere, David and Alexis immediately become insecure about their relationships just because of some silly magazine quiz that they find. They both take it multiple times and it says that their relationships with Patrick and Ted need work. That means they are putting in the effort to add some excitement to their lives. It just ends with David being trapped thirty feet up in the air doing an activity he does not enjoy at all. He thought this would just be a fun adventure with his sister and their boyfriends. Instead, it forces all of them to confront just how much they actively care about these relationships. Sure, it seems like Alexis and Ted are too happy and perfect at the start. They are still in the honeymoon phase of just being openly in love. David and Patrick are still strong as a couple though. It remains amazing how they can make fun of each other because of their neuroses while still being charmed by them as well. Patrick understands David's fear of heights but is also proud of him for doing this. Meanwhile, David can mock the things Patrick wears on his fingers during inventory but it's still a part of who he is and that makes him special. It's in all of these minor details that love is shown to these characters. That's what makes all of this so sweet and funny. It's a very nice and amusing start to the new season.