Easy Letting Go (Television Thoughts: Roseanne Reboot Episodes 3, 4)

5c90818e6b4e9af2177d67bc8cc2de41After watching the first two episodes of Roseanne reboot, I conceded that it was indeed funny despite the fact that my gut is telling me not to support the show because Roseanne has turned into a deplorable, homophobic trump supporter. But something happened om the third and fourth episodes: it sopped becoming funny. The third episode barely made me laugh, and I found the Roseanne Conner character quite unlikable. Even worse, the plot became trite. When Roseanne tries to ‘discipline’ Darlene’s daughter and starts dumping her granddaughter’s head in the sink, I thought the whole thing was quite mean-spirited, and I felt icky spending time with these people.

The fourth episode was a little better, but by not much. I felt the rush to poignancy forced, and Roseanne Barr, never the best actress, seemed to just be mouthing off lines with no care or disregard for them. At the end of the episode, I felt a little better, as I thought, I could easily break away from this people and not have a sense of loss. I am not saying I will stop watching, but it will be easier to let go of them if this continues.

Dear Deplorable (Television Thoughts: Roseanne, ABC)

MV5BZjZlMjA1NTgtOTRjZS00NzYwLWFjOGMtMjAyZWQyZWY5YzJmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjc0MjkzNjc@._V1_UY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_‘Roseanne’ was one of my favorite shows from the 90s, but I soured on Roseanne Barr, the person, because she turned crazy on me. I mean, she turned from one of the most progressive people to a right wing nut job. She featured gay characters on her show then, and now she does not support same-sex marriage? I vowed not to watch the reboot of her show, but I just have been reading so many great reviews that I couldn’t help myself. I broke my vow and sat down and watched the first two episodes.

And I loved it. Sure, Roseann Conner is now a deplorable. (Laurie Metcalf’s character enters and says ‘What’s Up Deplorable’) but I guess if I can live in a world where there are Trump supporters, I can live with watching this show which has not skipped a beat, and is just as witty, hilarious and heartwarming as it was before.

And besides, it has Laurie Metcalf, one of the best actresses in the world (and it still makes me a bit mad that she lost the Academy Award this year) to soften the right wing blow of Roseanne. I like the fact that Jackie gets equal time and spars with her. And the rest of the cast is as stellar – there’s still that warm chemistry between Roseanne and Dan (John Goodman) And I was kind of mad at Sara Gilbert for tolerating Rosean’ne’s craziness but she gets center stage here as Darlene, who goes back to live with her family while raising two kids of her own.

I admit, I would have been losing out had I boycotted this. I can admit when I am wrong.