30 Rock Season 7 Review “Game Over” Review

30 Rock returned tonight with it’s first episode of 2013, and they’re ringing in the new year with a host of guest stars in tonight’s hilarious episode “Game Over”. You’ve got your Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Megan Mulally, Octavia Spencer, Chloe Grace Moretz, and a series wrap for Chris Parnell’s Leo Spaceman! With only three more episodes left before 30 Rock calls it quits, it’s sad to think that we’re seeing most of these characters for the last time. However, if the last few episodes are anywhere near as funny as tonight’s installment, we’re in for a real treat.

The only real complaint that I have for this episode is an ongoing complaint I’ve had with this season in general: Liz’s “Baby” storyline. I’m not sure why we’re supposed to care about Liz trying to get pregnant with only three episodes left, as we know she’s not going to get pregnant because we’re not going to have time to meet her baby. It looks like she’s going to adopt now, but so what? We’re going to meet her new kid just in time for the series to end forever? I suppose the series could end with Liz and Criss adopting a child and living happily ever after as the screen fades to black, but the journey to Liz’s motherhood is hard to get invested in if we know the payoff will be so short lived.

Much more satisfying tonight were Jack and Tracy’s storylines. Kaylee Hooper returned tonight and was again played to perfection by Kick Ass‘s Chloe Grace Moretz, and this time she was in league with Will Arnett’s Devin Banks! Banks is always good for a few laughs, but they could be a little less heavy handed with the gay jokes. Since we’re mostly writing towards the end of the series now, it looks like Jack is certainly heading towards being the CEO of Kabletown, which would definitely be a fitting ending for him. It’s strange to think that at no point of the show has Jack Donaghy ever been the number one man in charge. He’s always had a boss. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out for sure.

Tracy’s story was also great. We’ve seen Tracy pretend to be Liz before, but tonight was great as it gave us Oscar-winning Octavia Spencer as a female version of Tracy. We got a lot of great jokes that recalled previous stuff from the show, with “I’m a Jedi!” and “My boyfriend is a pilot or something” being my favorites. I also loved all of the references in Tracy’s story to when he first started. It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since Liz Lemon met Tracy Jordan in that diner back in the pilot episode to convince him to join The Girly Show, and now it’s all coming to an end. Sigh…

I’m definitely going to miss 30 Rock when it’s gone, but I’m sure that a show this well written and consistently funny will be on reruns for years to come.

Random Thoughts:

– How about that Leno/Conan joke? A little dated by now, isn’t it?

– What a coincidence that they choose the day that Justin Timberlake announces a new album to make fun of him for being irrelevant. His new album announcement got a lot of press, so apparently he’s not as dead as 30 Rock thinks.

– Did anybody else think that the cinematography was a little weird tonight? The camera seemed a little shakier than usual.