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Old October 17 2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Underemployed is Visceral

What I'm seeing is a more optimistic version of]Reality Bites[/b] where a bunch of realistic (apart from the size of their apartments, no one can hold true to that in New York. You can't set a TV show in a walk in closet. With the exception of Futurama, but that was a gimmick.) 20 somethings a year out of college have not kept pace with their dreams and are dealing with how difficult it is to get off the ground in the beginning.

None of the actors are too beautiful, even the beautiful one (the male model) and there's something grim about how dark the lighting is in the interior sets that you can feel that the characters might have trouble paying the next electric bill. But it's mostly about the relations rebounding off each other in a microcosm (isn't that the definition of fiction?) as they all try to break out and become better adults than their parents.

I didn't feel talked down to, everyone did everything for a logical reason, even if it was man logic (there is no polite way to ask a girl if that's your baby she's carrying.) that had no chance but to enrage the women into some serious fury. I laughed and felt compassion for the plight some of them back themselves into and hell, when the little geeky girl accidentally fell into a pleasant situation she was not going to walk away from with her virginity intact, the senario contained unusual surprise elements I was amused by.

Listed as a drama, not a comedy, this in an ongoing story about growing characters without a respawing situation other than shit happens (Again the definition of a drama. I'm also reminded of the original Fame which in my heart is what New York Should look like. FUCK YOU Friends.) and MTV should be proud of themselves again for another fine showing... Seriously? hard Times of RJ Berger, Awkward, The Inbetweeners, MY LIFE AS LIZZ... There's just something about how MTV films their TV that makes it look almost palpable in its atmosphere that nothing seems made of card board. They figured out that the lowest common denomenator likes relaity TV and they di their best to fake it.

I like it.
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Old October 18 2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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Re: Underemployed is Visceral

I actually considered giving this a try, until I I saw from the previews that one of the characters has an ex show up on his doorstep pregnant. I feel like I've seen that story often enough and just didn't have the energy to watch it again. Also, the rest of the show sounds like it would be relevant to my recent struggles to find employment, but the whole becoming a parent thing is not something I or my friends have had to experience yet so I felt like it would disrupt the relevancy of the show for me.
Time present and time past
are both perhaps present in time future.
And time future contained in time past.
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Old October 19 2012, 12:58 AM   #3
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Re: Underemployed is Visceral

It was the "I want to be a rock star" who turned up pregnant to the doorstep of the "I want to be an environmentalist crusader" who is then forced to sack up and take a job (in the mail room)from his father, head of a super cooperation he's always described as Satan destroying the planet... Because he doesn't have a choice.

"You don't have a choice?" "I want to be a rock star" says? Picks up her bags and leaves.

The poor bugger couldn't say anything without "I want to be a rockstar" trying to leave the country.

I was thinking about this thread during my walk to get dinner last night and i remembered that I forgot that I didn't list "I just want my pants back" in my list of fantastic efforts form MTV which is when it struck me that "I just want my pants back" is a modern reimagining of Cinderella.

Do you remember Charming and Cindy having sex in a refrigerator in the Disney movie?

I don't.

Maybe a reverse Cinderella?

But his favourite pair of jeans is the glass slipper, followed by a never ending quest to find the perfect woman for him who took them/fit them... So the guy is Cinderella, but he has to quest for Charming?

Sorry the ads didn't grab you.

I thought Underemployed was going to be a Kiwi drama.

Because the Asian wallflowergirl, Michelle Ang is a New Zealand actress who has been all over New Zealand television for the last decade, since The Tribe.

(The Tribe. **Shudder**)

Imagine my surprise!
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Old November 1 2012, 04:39 PM   #4
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Do any critics like this?

Why is the IMDB rating so low?
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Old November 1 2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Re: Underemployed is Visceral

Critics are paid monkeys.

Second episode was awful.

Not brave enough for the third yet.
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