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Apr 07 2019

Farewell,Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

byDancin' Dan

When the history of Peak TV is written,there better be a whole chapter devoted toCrazy Ex-Girlfriend.艾琳·布罗什·麦肯纳和瑞秋·布鲁姆的音乐喜剧在CW电视台上演了四个赛季,这已经足够令人惊异了。But doing so with a diverse cast,while constantly pushing the boundaries of what network television would allow to be broadcast in prime time,把反女权主义者的托词转来转去,直到他们变成女权主义者,and spotlighting mental health issues in a sensitive,impactful way is a miracle.

On Friday night,Crazy Ex-Girlfriendaired its series finale.Magically,the show was able to end on its own terms,giving us the full four-season arc its creators had always envisioned.这是一段多么美妙的弧线啊[前面的扰流器]……

Bloom's Rebecca Bunch has gone from New York City to only two hours from the beach in California,from just a girl in love to a scary sexy lady,从她自己故事中的坏人到一个真正的好人,from being stuck in a sexy French depression to approaching that elusive state of being truly happy.And that happiness?It's not found with a man,或是精神健康状况良好。It's found in self-acceptance,in finally being able to tell your own story,不是我们的文化告诉你你应该活下去的故事。

Throughout the series,Rebecca has tried to find happiness outside of herself - with Josh and Greg and Nathaniel,sure,but also with friends,工作,社区剧院,and even a mental health diagnosis.But much to her therapist Dr.阿科派的懊恼,丽贝卡很少从内心寻找快乐。But in the finale,"I'm in Love,"Rebecca finally takes the step the show has been nudging her towards for the past four years: She takes stock,and chooses not a man,not a job,not an elusive state of being,but herself.

At its heart,Crazy Ex-Girlfriendhas always been a deconstruction of romantic comedies and the unrealistic expectations they place on women of all ages.This continued all the way through the finale,where Rebecca rejects herThe学士-esque "three dates with three guys"situation and chooses none of them,尽管他们中的每一个现在或多或少对她来说都是完美的,having put in the work to become better versions of themselves.But Rebecca doesn't get to that "I choose me!"moment all on her own.She needs someone else to see her situation clearly,那个人,as it has been throughout the entire series,is Paula.

丽贝卡和保拉的关系一直是这场演出的支柱。From their first meeting,每个人都有另一个所缺少的东西:宝拉拥有传统幸福生活的象征(丈夫,孩子们,干得好)and Rebecca had a dream.True,that dream was to steal another woman's boyfriend,but she had something that she was passionate about.And Rebecca's passion helped Paula find her own passion: To become a lawyer herself.It's important that it's only after Paula has finally gotten her dream of becoming a lawyer that she can look at Rebecca and know what it is that drives her in the absence of her quest for a conventional,罗密欧风格的幸福。她知道丽贝卡经常会盯着太空看一会儿,然后从那里回来,对她的处境和她必须做的事情有了更好的了解(对于我们要看到的所有音乐数字,这是一个精彩的表演解释)。And when she joins Rebecca in her abstract theatrical space after the big eleven o'clock number,她能看到发生了什么事。她可以看出,这就是丽贝卡要找到真正的幸福所必须做的:从她头脑里取出这些歌,write them down,与世界分享。And it works!As Rebecca says to her friends a year later:

It's about how when I'm telling my own story,这是我生命中第一次真正快乐…And now,我这辈子第一次我可以这么说,也许我终于准备好接受另一种爱了。You know,the kind we talk about a lot more...But whoever it's with,it won't be ending up with someone,because romantic love is not an ending.Not for me or for anyone else here.这只是你故事的一部分,a part of who you are."

近几年来,我们很幸运有几部音乐剧来来往往,butCrazy Ex-Girlfriend's run has been the most consistent and impressive by far.欢乐可能跑得更长,but it was far more uneven,and扣杀had an identity crisis worthy of Rebecca Bunch herself.Bloom and Brosh McKenna's clear creative vision saw the series through,and the talent of the show's writers,actors,directors,设计师,编舞,and of course songwriting team shone vividly throughout the show's run.这个节目比过去和现在的大多数娱乐节目更重视心理健康,非常小心地描绘丽贝卡经历边缘人格障碍的旅程。There were plenty of laughs along the way,但它从未将丽贝卡所面对的严重性和困难程度降到最低,even when everything looked like it was going well.

Bloom's performance as Rebecca deserves to go down in the history books as one of the all-time greats.Equipped with a great singing voice and a brazen,fearless attitude,she consistently delivered one of the most complex performances on TV.完全没有虚荣的痕迹,Bloom never condescended to the character of Rebecca,even when that would have been incredibly easy.Her acting ability,在系列赛开始的时候,虽然有点粗糙,但很强壮,only got better and better as Rebecca's character got more complex.Rebecca's arc from anti-hero to heroine was superbly plotted,和其他广受认可的“伟大电视节目”中的任何一个(男性)主角一样引人入胜。我们正在经历的电视繁荣。

Crazy Ex-Girlfriendhas always been a lot more nuanced than any description of the show would have you believe.Its innate understanding of the musical artform helped it to go to places most other shows can't even touch.公平地说,that was also true of欢乐and扣杀when they were at their peak.但是Crazy Ex-Girlfrienddid something more than either of those shows ever did.It took the weird little moments that we all thought were somehow unique to our own personal experiences and put them out there for everyone to see,letting us all know that we are not alone.The stories we've been told are not our stories,and while life may not make narrative sense,that's true for all of us.我们都在互相唱歌。And now,for years to come,we'll all be singing this show's songs.Together.

Season Four Grade: B+
Series Grade: A-

十大歌曲
1。The End of the Movie
2.A Diagnosis
三。West Covina
4。You Stupid Bitch
5.在我为你所做的一切之后(你没有要求)
6.Settle For Me
7。Let's Generalize About Men
8。You're My Best Friend (And I Know I'm Not Yours)
9.会是什么?
10.Time to Sieze the Day

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读者评论(11)

我希望在这个网站上能有人向疯狂的前女友致敬。I'm so impressed with the 4 seasons,尤其是从远处看。It constantly reinvented itself.它很少触及情景喜剧的陈腐。Every character gained depth as it went on.And wow the songs are so wonderful.

My top 10:

10.The Miracle of Birth
9.没有什么是任何人的错
8。性感的法国抑郁症
7。电影的结尾
6.把自己放在第一位
5.Let's Generalize About Men
4。Maybe She's Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All
三。Settle For Me
2.三角恋的数学
1。You Stupid Bitch

4月7日,2019℃ Unregistered Commenterchasm301

喜欢这个节目,kind of lukewarm on the actual finale,but I'm glad they got to end it on their own terms.我不知道,直接的“丽贝卡爱情音乐剧场”stuff always felt to me like it has more to do with Rachel Bloom than it does with Rebecca Bunch - it's just an odd fit.The show never limited the songs to only her POV,对它来说是最好的。

4月7日,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterDave S.

Blam!!

Thanks for this thoughtful review!我认为这是对节目实力的一个证明,我的十大歌曲列表将与这里已经列出的两首截然不同。它在思想上和艺术上涉及了许多不同的话题。

4月7日,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

在过去20年里,日本之战很容易成为电视音乐剧中最好的四分钟。

4月7日,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterJonathan

一块小小的宝石,随着时间的推移,它的声誉一定会增长。

Not perfect,there were some plotlines/characters/songs that didn't work along the way,but always done with a level of guts and creativity rarely seen in broadcast TV.What a pleasure to see a show that didn't need any shakedown or retooling,从一开始就知道它要去哪里和要说什么,done with utter integrity and blinding talent.总是富有洞察力和娱乐性,and at its best,just flat-out brilliant.

April 8,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterDoctor Strange

Thanks a lot for this ideas and information.听起来不错。

April 8,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterAnup Shrestha

Thanks a lot for this ideas and information.听起来不错。I hope we will get more info.

April 8,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterMukunda Raj

We Tapped That and The First Penis I Ever Saw are favorites of mine.It's impressive the number of great songs they came up with over four seasons.是时候开箱了!

April 8,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterRaul

谢谢你的邀请,in the era of peak tv.我没有机会看这个节目。But obviously I should.I'm going to make a point of watching this right after Game of Thrones ends.

April 8,2019℃ Unregistered Commenter拉迪耶提斯

I think the musical number that made me go from liking to loving this show was 'Face your Fears',in S1 E3.The reprise a few seasons later was expertly deployed (as most of the reprises on this show were).

April 8,2019℃ Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Rewatching the first season and wow the Dream Ghost episode sets up so much for the series finale.我想知道他们写这封信时是否希望被取消。

April 9,2019℃ Unregistered Commenterchasm301

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