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Kim’s Convenience – Season 3, Episodes 1-2

I’m pretty late with this but then again we had to go through all of 2018 without Kim’s Convenience but I guess the shift of the season premiere to January must have some benefits. Although season 4 has been greenlit with Simu Liu’s recent casting as Marvel’s Shang Chi, one does wonders if this will complicate plans for a potential season 5. But in any case, here are reviews for the first two episodes of season 3.

New Appa-liance

The opening is pretty funny. No gain without pain for Janet although what a sadistic thing for Appa to do. Speaking of Janet, her makeup seems different this season. The main plot of this episode is the search for a new dishwashing machine and the way Umma reminds Appa is pretty creative.

Janet is tries to stand out by changing her name after her teacher can’t find her website because of all the other Janet Kim’s crowding the search results. Umma tells Janet why she gave her that name.

We also see Jung dealing with the consequences of the season 2 finale and attempting to get his old job back. Cue the always enjoyable Shannon – Jung awkward interaction.

Best exchange is between Janet and Umma:
“Can you please call before coming over?”
“No.”

Most jokes from the side characters aren’t good but the main cast have some good ones. The ending to the dishwashing machine plot is funny although I’m surprised nobody mentions all the money spent.

On to episode 2…

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Kim’s Convenience – Season 2, Episodes 1-2

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.

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Janet’s Roommate

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…

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Kim’s Convenience – Season 1, Episodes 3-4

I haven’t been timely with my episode reviews but I often post short thoughts on twitter on the same day as the episode. Here are my extended thoughts.

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Ddong Chim

A very good improvement over previous episodes. Since this review was actually written after seeing episode 8, I can say this is the funniest episode thus far plus I learned something about another culture! Granted it wasn’t the type of thing I expect to learn about on a TV show. That thing is ddong chim, which translates roughly to poop needle. It’s also described as a Korean wedgie where one person pokes another person in their anus with their pointed fingers. Yeah it sounds gross but apparently it’s a popular prank to do among Korean kids and some other Asian cultures. When recently promoted assistant manager Jung does a ddong chim to his buddy Kimchee at work, it leads to some uncomfortable questions from his boss Shannon. Easily the most awkward and funny exchange between the two.

There’s also a subplot with Appa and Janet’s friend, Gerald. Appa asks Gerald to take his photo instead of Janet, who is quite bothered by this. We get to see the “don’t touch wall” of photos and some funny exchanges between Appa and Umma. The resolution ends with a great line from Janet in response to Gerald in front of the “don’t touch wall.”

This is probably the first episode that focuses more on Jung and Kimchee who tend to be separated from the rest of the Kim family in most episodes. It’s nice to see them more and Kimchee is somewhat less annoying. In fact, I hope Kimchee gets his revenge in a future episode. Now for episode 4…

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Kim’s Convenience – Season 1, Episodes 1-2

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Gay Discount

As the series premiere, this episode does a good job of introducing us to the Kim family. There’s the father and mother, referred to as Appa and Umma. They run a convenience store in Toronto. There’s the daughter, Janet, who helps out and studies photography. Jung is the son who doesn’t live at home and is estranged from Appa.

The story starts with Appa hastily offering a gay discount to a couple of gay men when he doesn’t allow them put their gay pride week poster up at his convenience store. It’s kind of gutsy to have an episode essentially centered on reverse discrimination but Appa’s surprisingly accurate gaydar makes for some of the better jokes. The episode shows a rather diverse set of characters such as a transgender (whom Appa has an interesting conversation with) and a woman with a West-Indian accent, whose accent he doesn’t understand. The woman also doesn’t understand Appa’s accent and Mr. Chin, a fellow business owner, is also involved in the misunderstanding. It’s really interesting to see such a real-life occurrence as a scene on a TV show because it’s not necessarily something you would see on a typical, generic sitcom where everyone speaks perfect English.

Umma and Janet have some exasperating and totally relatable exchanges about cool, Christian, Korean boyfriends (or lack thereof). The resolution to this subplot ends with a funny scene where Appa questions a potential date on Korean history. Jung doesn’t get much screen time compared to the other family members here. We see him at work with his best friend KimChee.

Overall, I didn’t really find the episode all that funny, it tries but some jokes didn’t really work for me but that might be because some of them are obvious to me. Jung’s scenes are probably the most awkward with ho-hum jokes that the actors try their best to sell. However, the story and characters are good. Janet seems to standout in particular to me but I think each family member will appeal to different audiences. Read on for my thoughts on the second episode…

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Kim’s Convenience – First Asian Canadian TV show sitcom! Series Premiere October 4, 2016 @ CBC TV

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Kim’s Convenience is a new comedy that will appear on CBC TV (and online). The first episode debuts Tuesday Oct 4 @ 9pm EST! It’s based off the hit stage play of the same name by Ins Choi, who also produces the TV show version and stars some of the same actors. It looks very promising.

Update Oct 3: Apparently the premiere has been delayed by a week to Oct 11 due to Blue Jays baseball.

Check out some short videos below!

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