Pelicans 114, Wolves 99: One you’ve seen before
You’ve already read this.
You read it a month ago when Steve recapped (in stellar Star Wars fashion) the Wolves blowing a 17 point lead against Denver. Zach recapped it (and broke down the mystery that is Sam Mitchell in great detail) when the Wolves blew a 17-point lead to the Blazers earlier that same month.
The Wolves played the Pelicans tonight; a Western Conference squad comfortably out of the playoffs, built a 17-point lead early, and eventually fell. This time, by double digits.
This trend has not been great, nor has the season as a whole. Know what has been great? I started watching New Girl on Netflix this week, and have enjoyed it a whole lot more than I expected to.
My best friend had been recommending the show to me for years (his recommendations have always been spot-on), but my interest was never there. This past Friday, I was too tired to put any focus into Narcos (which is excellent, if you haven’t checked it out). So, I decided to watch the pilot. Then I watched the second episode, then the third. Then the fourth.
I accidentally watched nearly the entire first season in a day and a half.
I’ve always been somewhat of a fan of Zooey Deschanel, and had seen Jake Johnson (Nick Miller) in Safety Not Guaranteed, but was otherwise very unfamiliar with the cast. But now I’m two episodes in, and will almost certainly catch up before the Minnesota snow melts (aka, before June).
For those unfamiliar, a general synopsis of the plot: a girl, recently broken up with her boyfriend, moves in with 3 friends into an LA loft apartment.
The Main Characters:
Jess: The show’s main character. On many sitcoms, its main character serves less as the funny one, and more as the show’s “glue guy”. This may be true to an extent here, though Jess has her funny moments as well.
Despite only just meeting these people, she’s often the one that drives most of the group activities and decisions. She convinces Nick to come to a haunted house, even though he’s terrified of haunted houses. She gets the roommates to try to pull a Parent Trap on her divorced parents. In short, she’s a solid lead character.
Nick: A cranky man in his early 30s who has lots of fears and loves a good rant.
Nick would probably be slated as the lead male role of the show. He seems to have the most inner insanity on the show, but also seems to be the one solving the most problems. On the funny scale, he’s near the bottom for me, but he’s still pretty fantastic.
Schmidt: Even the way the dude says “chutney” is funny.
Seriously. Schmidt’s cocky attitude is one of the funnier things I’ve seen on sitcom TV in a long time. He’s the apartment’s self-proclaimed “glue guy”…whether it’s for cooking, cleaning, or telling Nick he could stand to lose 5-7 pounds, Schmidt is always there.
Winston: I’ve been told by reliable sources that his character gets better and better, and that’s exciting to me. His inability to properly prank someone has been a gag in 2 episodes already, and has been gold both times. For example, he thought this was a prank.
This guy’s supposed to be a former pro basketball player, just returning from Latvia. Now he’s hitting people in the ass with a ski.
There are other good characters that pop in and out of the show. Cece is the most frequent, and as Jess’ best friend, probably isn’t going anywhere.
There have been plenty of great guest spots on the show so far, too. My favorite may have been Rob Reiner as Schmidt’s cousin, fighting on Thanksgiving for the title of the “REAL Schmidt”. Justin Long played a great nerdy music teacher/ugly crier early in season 1. And I’m still awaiting the return of Coach, who disappeared after the pilot episode.
I’m glad I gave this show a shot. New Girl isn’t going to be on any TV Mount Rushmores for me, but it’s served its role as great entertainment and a good laugh, especially after games like tonight.