MR SUNSHINE “Pilot” Review

Mr Sunshine "Pilot"

MR SUNSHINE “Pilot” Season 1 Episode 1 – Allison Janney back on television as a misanthropic, unstable druggie ruling over a powerful empire of clowns, elephants and Himilayan children, disowning her goofy son and giving racist speeches accompanied by a sing along…what more could you ask for?

Well, Mr Sunshine I’m sorry to say did not live up to the promise of its trailer (shocking, I know). In a well directed, well acted pilot episode, it is a pity that the show tripped itself up by thinking it was funnier than it was and thinking it was more touching than it was. Matthew Perry, star and co-creator, appears to be on Chandler-auto as he zig zags through the various caricatures: semi-ex girlfriend who just wants more attention, the always cheerful, always helpful best friend Alonso, the surrogate son whose relationship with his crazy mother Chandler/Ben tries to fix within the first episode and by way of throwing the kid on a golf cart and saying “make nice!” which is supposed to heal years of probable neglect. The list goes on.

There was a strange “let’s all make friends” segment at the end where Ben made nice between his boss and her son, where he sincerely told his girlfriend “you’re smart and beautiful and you’re everything. You’re everything.” Gag. It’s as if the writers (or maybe the network) said at the last minute “all right, it’s been funny until now. But it’s also been too mean. We need to know these people are friends.”

That’s not to say that there is not potential. Allison Janney is awesome, as she is prone to be. Matthew Perry’s Ben is not bad, but so far he is suffering from the passive protagonist syndrome of being very bland. The other characters will hopefully form an interesting ensemble around him. The writing is smarter than most shows out there and hopefully the show will get better as the weeks go on.

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