TRAFFIC LIGHT “Best Man” Review

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TRAFFIC LIGHT “Best Man” Episode 10 – The good news about “Best Man” is it wasn’t as utterly crappy as the last episode I watched, “Kiss Me Kate.” The bad news is that basically means it went from an F+ to a D+.

But it’s progress. It’s improvement. If we’re somewhere in the C territory next week, I may even consider watching Traffic Light without Axey’s Requisite Bucket of Dog Chew Toys sitting handily by my couch. (I sometimes throw them at my television set.) (No worries, I have a miniature Schnauzer, the TV is safe, his toys are small.)

So what made this better? Let’s start off with what didn’t make it better:

Callie (Aya Cash) needs to go. This character is grating while still being exceptionally dull, and she needs to die in a horrible yet comical way. I am hereby beginning my first ever Daemon’s TV Presents: Axey’s Gift to Television – Help Me Kill A Character Contest. The rules are simple: I, the aforementioned Axe, will shout out (spell out, technically) the name a character from a show. You, the invested and participating audience member, will offer up suggestions regarding the (hopefully violent) removal of that offending character from said television show.

Rules and parameters: There are no rules nor are there parameters, save for a moratorium on suggesting bodily harm befall (purposefully or karmically) the actor or actress that plays said role. No matter how bad they may be, no actor deserves actual harm.*

Reward: I will pimp the Twitter name and / or Facebook page of the Awesome Person Who Offers Up The Most Awesome Death Scenario in my season-ending article for said show. If, by some miracle, the show actually listens to our (collective) words of wisdom and actually boots said offending character in the way our winner prescribed, I will forevermore mention you as a Living God of Death. And who doesn’t want that?

When does this contest begin: NOW. Get cracking. Kill Callie.

Okay, so… what improvements did the show make? For one it was funnier. The writing (Donick Cary) was snappier and the direction (Rebecca Asher) seemed smoother. Ethan (Kris Marshall) even got a laugh out of me in his floundering attempts at understanding the female psyche, though one might think he’d have this stuff down pat already if he were really a playa’. (“Ooohh, she put a smiley face at the end of her text message! That’s good, right?”) He’s more playeur than player, really.

Adam (Nelson Franklin) and his bumbling attempt at re-doing his best friend’s bachelor party was funny if contrived; Adam’s boss Kev (overplayed by Rob Huebel and trying to steal from Craig Ferguson without much success), in a typical douchebag boss move, forces the event on Adam simply because he himself has no plans for the weekend. But the various conversations it births are at least funny; “Clear it with the tower,” “First mistake was talking to the stripper,” and “Tadam” get some points as far as lines go—and Adam making as Serbian stripper cry because he asked her if she’d been affected by the genocide is classic Adam. But everything still seemed more than a little contrived. I think I enjoy this show more when I’m not looking for it to make sense and just listen to the jokes.

Even an appearance by Adam Goldberg, playing Lisa’s entendre-spewing loser co-worker Reggie wasn’t that funny, though that’s possibly because Callie was in most of those scenes. And actually, Lisa (Liza Lapira) wasn’t terrible this episode. She’s most believable when she’s on the verge of being pissed rather than full-on raged.

Mike’s final speech to Adam, “I need you to go out there, and I need you to suck the life out of this party like only you know how,” made me a little teary. (Not really.) And “World hunger. The economy. Cholera.” … well, that was the perfect way to end the night. Yes.

So my hope is we see a steady climb, and this show finds its legs.

Oh, and death to Callie!

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*Reality TV actors are not included in this moratorium as they are not really actors. Or people. For the most part.