TV REVIEWS: “The Mindy Project,” pilot (click to watch)
Disclaimer: This is a review based on opinion, so before you grab your pitchforks or torches, acknowledge that I don’t have to like what you like, and if I don’t like what you like, doesn’t mean that hell has frozen over. If you agree, cool! if you don’t, MUY BUENO! I like disagreement. Makes for great conversation. Also, this review contains some spoilers. Minor. But spoilers nonetheless. I suggest you watch the pilot first, then read what I have to say. Okay? OKAAAAAY…
I sort of/kind of find it a bit unfair to have a solid review for a show based on just the pilot episode, because naturally, being that it is a first, there are gonna be things I don’t understand, aren’t comfy with, or will have to get used to. BUT at the same time, pilots are first impressions. So in that case, it’s totally fair to give my two cents of what I know about the subject at hand so FAR, rather than generally.
Well, so far, “The Mindy Project,” is okay. I would give it a 5.6 out of 10 based on the pilot alone. And of course, here are my reasons why.
I’ve fangirled for Mindy for the longest. I always looked forward to Kelly Kapoor’s presence via “The Office,” her book “Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me,” was a great source of literary entertainment, and she’s not afraid to be ditzy and smart at the same time, because being that can be very contradicting. She comes off as the girl you would like as a friend because she’s down to earth and dramatic, as one of the characters in “The Mindy Project,” (Ed Helms’ character to be exact) said about Mindy’s real yet fictional character. And that’s why I like Mindy.
But the show revolves around a budding 30-year-old who has been raised by romantic comedies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “About A Boy,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and so on, and who is upset that her love life hasn’t conquered the visuals she idolizes so much. And we all know what happens or what becomes of these type of girls who believe their lives should be rom-coms… they basically sabotage themselves. Sleep with men who are no good but who can make them squeal beautifully in bed, so at least they’re getting some type of pleasure and the brownie points to say they’re sexing someone hot, don’t acknowledge the good guys that are right in front of them, and take advice from friends who don’t know anything, and if that doesn’t work, result back to those rom-coms to see what they’re doing WRONG.
So much fail.
Rest assure, based on the pilot, you can tell this is what the show is going to be mostly focused on: Mindy’s (the character’s) love life. All the characters on the show have their roles set out for them. To your left, you have the hot doctor, Dr. Jeremy Reed (played by Ed Weeks), who is the guy with the ability to make you swoon with just a smile, and with the smooth talk to persuade you into your bed. To your right, you have the hot doctor, Dr. Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina), who is gorgeous, but sarcastic. Extremely. It ticks you off a majority of the time, but when you sit down and talk to him one-on-one, he is surprisingly charming, and you find yourself liking him a little more, because secretly, though he gets on your nerves, you have a thing for him.
Mindy’s presence is great. I love seeing her on screen, and she plays her character well, respectively. The dialogue is witty, so three cheers for the Mindster, but the plot needs more, at least for my taste. I’m hoping that when the series premieres and the rest of the season airs, the plot will develop, and there will be more to the mix than regretful one night stands, sexual tension between Mr. Sarcastic and Mrs. Rom-Com, and fashion do’s and don’t’s. I hate seeing successful women with great jobs not “have it all,” because they don’t have a man, and in this case, have to result to over the top tactics to get one. It’s pathetic, not entertaining.
Mindy, let’s see you put your gorgeous head out of the usual and into something a bit more challengingly funny. Anyone can write a show about a 30 something year old successful chick going through a mid life crisis because she’s not wifed. We get it. And we’re over it.
Here’s to hoping “The Mindy Project,” expands what it is giving? -raises glass-
The show premieres September 25th at 9:30pm EST on Fox, with new episodes every Tuesday.