New Girl: Decent Show, Failed by a Bad Pilot?

Written by Hana Elniwairi December 20, 2011

For a show with a crappy pilot, New Girl has been doing really well.

New Girl in itself is not a terrible show. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that, after the pilot, it lost many viewers who might have been initially interested. It’s not that the characters were bad themselves, but more like the writers did a terrible job of introducing everyone. Proof of that is that the show gets a lot better as it progresses, but I almost lost interest right from the beginning.

I started watching the show with eager anticipation of hilarity, but almost stopped fifteen minutes into the pilot. The only way to describe that pilot is as follows: it was terrible, horrendous, and excruciating. The beginning, with a break up in the middle of a seduction attempt by Zooey Deschanel’s character, Jess, was hilarious. But the introduction of the roommates was handled so poorly I just kept shaking my head ‘no’ at them the entire time. Everything from the way the guys reacted to Jess to the way they treated each other, everything, was just so off. The ‘Douchebag Jar’ was kind of funny, but it would have been better suited had Jess been the one to implement later on in the show. As it is, the Douchebag Jar hasn’t made an appearance since the pilot.

As far as the individual characters go, I actually enjoyed most of them -with the exception of Coach- individually but not as a package. There was just something about the way they warmed up to Jess so quickly that was unnatural and unrealistic. As the show progressed, though, their relationship has been improving, thank god. I especially loved the switch from Coach to Winston after the pilot, although it did confuse me a little bit. Winston has so much more character, and so much more potential. He’s the top dog, who’s dreams of playing professional basketball have come crashing down. Seeing how he’s been struggling with that through out the season (so far) has been intriguing.

Of Schmidt, however, I’m not a big fan; he’s not funny, and his characterization is inconsistent. I don’t know whether to think of him as the suave womanizer, or the desperate hopeless guy who consistantly fails at picking up girls. He could be great as either of these characters, but going back and forth is very confusing.

My favourite character, surprisingly, is one that we’re probably not going to see much of: Paul, the awkward teacher.  I’m of the unpopular opinion that he and Jess actually made a pretty cute couple. Unfortunately, after the Christmas episode, I don’t think we’re going to see much of him. It appears as though the pairing of Nick, the failed lawyer, and Jess, is going to be much more probable. It’s a pairing that I enjoy, actually, however, I do believe that the ending of Paul’s and Jess’s relationship came too quickly and abruptly.

So overall, I think New Girl is not as bad a show as many expected after viewing the pilot, what with the concept not being the most original and all. However, I do believe that the pilot episode did nothing to disconfirm that the show is boring, as it was just wrong. A pilot is usually how you decide whether or not you like a show; it’s supposed to hook you, or lose you. New Girl’s pilot almost lost me, but fortunately, I stuck around long enough to realise it’s not as terrible as it sounds, and so should you!

My Rating: 6.5/10

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About Hana Elniwairi

Hana is a student at UWO, studying Psychology and Creative Writing. She enjoys watching movies and TV, no matter how much she complains about them or claims otherwise.

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