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Apart from the shortened episode order (courtesy of the WGA strike),
the second season of 30 Rock was excellent from start to finish, a fact
confirmed by its Emmy triumph (including Outstanding Comedy and awards
for both Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin). As such, expectations for Season 3
were reasonably high, and the opening episode doesn't disappoint: it's
an exquisite return to 30 Rockefeller Center.
Following the events of the second season's finale, Liz has decided to adopt, and has one day to convince the agency's representative, Bev (Megan Mullally, aka Karen from Will & Grace), that she's suitable for the job. This means she has to make her workplace look like a child- friendly environment, which isn't an easy task (let's put it this way: Frank walking around with a hat that has "horny" written on it is the least of her problems). Meanwhile, Tracy is enjoying the success of his porn video game, whereas Jenna insists she should be paid for her voice work in said game. And what about Jack? Well, after successfully getting out of Washington (cue a smart reference to Dick Cheney) he tries to get his old job back to stop Devon Banks from shutting down the company. Problem is, the only solution would be sleeping with Kathy Geiss...
As always, pacing and great line delivery make the show what it is, and Do-Over delivers in every department, packing more wit, satire and full-on silliness in 20 minutes than most comedies do in 90. Zingers of choice: virtually everything Tracy says ("You can't sue me, I'm already being sued. Double indemnity!"), and Banks revealing he sold the "E" of GE to Samsung ("They're called Samesung now."), while physical gags include yet another quip about Devon's sexual orientation.
Performance-wise, the regulars are on top form, with the Fey-Baldwin and Tracy Morgan- Jane Krakowski duos pulling off the most brilliant stuff. As for the guests, Will Arnett temporarily departs on his usual high note, while Mullally is terrific as a character far removed from her most famous role (not least vocally). In other words: this is the beginning of yet another terrific 30 Rock season.
First off, kudos all for Alec Baldwin's Emmy win as well as Tina Fey's 3. They were all deserved! Now for the third season premiere, Liz tries to get in good with the adoption representative (Megan Mullally) while Jack tries to get his job back as Devin (Will Arnett) threatens to shut the network down. With Ms. Fey as writer, one shouldn't be surprised at the many disastrous things that happen during both plots as they threaten to collide to hilarious results. Don't feel like revealing any scenes right now but I will reveal Liz' last line to Jack: "Glad to have you back." And very glad this show is back for another season. The ratings went a little up for this first episode of the new season possibly because of Ms. Fey's additional exposure on her old "SNL" grounds as Vice President candidate Sarah Palin (which I though was funny as hell!). So on that note, Welcome Back, "30 Rock"! P.S. The line Liz says to Jack was actually, "I just like seeing you in there." I just found out (and remembered) courtesy of the TV Guide TV blogs.
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Jack is back to the company and tries to work his way back up from the
bottom. Liz is being evaluated by the adoption representative who also
comes to see her work and Tracy's porn game is out on the market.
The story of Jack is the best one. His promotions are all happening one after the other and what makes it especially great is Kathy hitting on him and him trying to make it through sexual favors to her. Great storyline. And the scene where Jack and Liz play it out as if it was a soap opera is absolutely great.
The adoption story is pretty good as well. Love everything the team was saying about Liz. And the idea with the do over was pretty funny.
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The first episodes of seasons 1 and 2 of 30 Rock, the Pilot and
SeinfeldVision, are the weakest episodes of the series, typically being
less funny than other episodes of what turn out to be good seasons. So,
when the season 3 premiere Do-Over got some positive feedback on the
message board and a good score on IMDb, I was unsure what to expect in
terms of quality. Would this episode continue the pattern of weak
season premieres? It seemed so at first. The first act of the episode
did little for me, some of the references were obscure and other jokes
just weren't that funny. But when Liz was evaluated as a candidate for
adoption, the episode picked up. The questions she got and the
disastrous inspection of Liz's work place were enjoyable light humour.
I hope, though, that if they continue this adoption storyline, Liz
won't actually end up with a baby. That would change the show too much.
Meanwhile, the episode continues the storyline of Jack's rival Devon (Will Arnett) taking over the company. I wondered how this story would be resolved; could they go back to a normal situation with neither Jack or Devon in charge? Or would we see a permanent big change? The episode finds a convincing way to go back to normal.
All in all, an 8-8.4/10. While not great, that would make Do-Over the best season premiere of the series so far, so let's hope this turns out to be the best season of the series so far. Then maybe we can look forward to a third Emmy.
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