Go On Season 1 Review “Fast Breakup”

For the majority of the second half of the season, Go On has been searching for ways to thrust Ryan King into various relationships. The most noticeable of which was a multi-episode arc with Piper Perabo. Most of the women (including Perabo) have produced less than inspiring results. With the specter of his dead wife moving over every relationship he has now, the choice to tease a relationship with Carrie (by far is most interesting prospect) could speak a little to the show’s interest in throwing everything at the wall in case there is no season 2. More importantly, the show hasn’t done enough with their relationship to make this point seem natural. They’ve been friendly with one another, but Ryan routinely abused her as his secretary (sweet way to give notice by Carrie) and was exceedingly needy without much in the way of reciprocation. How Carrie is into Ryan at this point seems pretty questionable. It’s a relationship that definitely should happen, but it needs time to breathe. Unfortunately, with season 2 no guarantee, the show decided to push the time table a little bit. They don’t have many places to go with (next week is the season finale), so it will be interesting to see the resting point of the relationship.

The decision to use Lauren’s engagement break up as a parallel point to the episode was a well used continuity choice. With both of them experiencing the same issue, it’s easier to have them work together to attempt to put an end to their own issues. However, the show neglected Lauren’s storyline pretty quickly and left us with Ryan telling both sides of the story. The show will always opt for Ryan over Lauren, but the show had a real opportunity to watch Lauren work through a problem that was eating at her, and they chose to have her pass the buck instead. She remains, as ever, the worst grief counselor in the world.

Lauren’s break up also frees her up to become a future love interest as well. I would like to see that relationship remain strictly platonic, but it will probably be something the show wants to explore if the show survives multiple seasons. The problem to really work through in the writers’ room is how big of a shadow do they want Janie to cast over every Ryan-involved relationship. She was ultimately one of the biggest reasons for the Ryan and Piper Perabo break up. If they choose to pursue the Ryan-Carrie relationship, how involved will Janie’s ghost be in the relationship?

Relationship issues is at the heart of many television plots. Go On appears to be no different. Ryan and Carrie was something that I wanted to see, but it could be coming along a bit too quickly.

Adam Newland