Although I was late in watching episode 1, I actually got a chance to see episode 2 at a preview screening which was cool. I also got to briefly meet most of the rest of the cast during CBC Montreal’s culture day when they dropped by in Montreal as part of their promo tour for season 2.
Janet plans to move out with her roommates but things don’t go as planned while Kimchee encourages Jung to make a move on Shannon even though she’s “with” Alejandro (first seen during the season 1 finale). I do admit to being uninterested in the apartment plot at times but it’s definitely relateable. Gerald actually has some funny lines here. The opening is quite amusing between Appa and Mr. Mehta as they discuss a particular euphemism and a meme.
Jung’s attempts to tell Shannon about his feelings lead to some funny moments but it seemed a bit off or at least too sudden for Jung to be so eager to do so. Then again maybe that’s the persuasive power of Kimchee. Overall, this was a solid episode that should gain some new fans. Old fans will appreciate getting reacquainted with the Kim’s, like meeting an old friend that you haven’t seen for a long time. Now for episode 2…
I think this is one of the best episodes of the entire series so far. No surprise, it’s in large part because of an excellent performance by Jean Yoon and good writing. This has a good combination of funny moments and serious moments, sometimes mixed together a bit. When Umma wins a business award that Appa was expecting to win, he becomes miffed, which leads him to say something to Umma that upsets her a lot. It’s a particularly raw moment that the writers manage to end on a funny note that makes sense and isn’t out of place. It’s really great when the writers can get this balance and mix just right.
Meanwhile, Janet and Gerald have some roommate conflicts while Jung continues to try to woo Shannon by buying her a bike. The bike plot is actually quite hilarious and Nicole Powers is especially great in these scenes. Like with the last episode, we get to see Janet transition from living with her parents to living with a roommate and establish some independence. We see her immaturity but also growth. This could be one of the main themes of season 2 moving forward. If so it’ll be interesting to see. Another strong aspect of this episode are the secondary characters are also pretty funny.