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New Girl Review: NonreFUNdable

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Neither overwhelmingly great nor underwhelming and weak, New Girl Season 3 Episode 23 was simply whelming:

A perfectly so-so, enjoyable-enough cap to a wildly uneven year.

Where will the Loft Gang be heading next? Their futures, both individually and as a unit, seem shaky at best - unlike most season finales, this one didn't give any hints at the challenges that await the show's characters next season (unless they all become internet celebrities based on their cruise lock-in).

Rather than providing any sense of closure for the season, this half hour seemed to simply be heaving a sigh of relief for the show, and its exhausted plot, like a child on the last day of school.

Lacking any clear directives for the season ahead, the real purpose of the New Girl Season 3 finale seems to be to set up the still-remaining sexual and romantic tension between Nick and Jess - tension that flopped all over the place in this last quarter- season.

The drunken kiss on the cruise, even as it was followed by the gang's awkward plan for making things between the two less awkward, leaves the door open for ongoing steps towards a reunion.

So, yes...a show that I had originally praised for not Ross-and-Racheli-ing us, and simply letting the show's primary couple be happy together, is now Ross-and-Rachel-ing us.

Can you actually maintain a long-running romantic comedy sitcom about a kooky young couple who are simply in love? We'll have to find out from some other show (don't say Dharma and Greg, guys).

But still, Nick and Jess's fate is more encouraging than Schmidt and Cece's.

At this time a year ago, Cece was calling off her wedding for Schmidt, and now he's maturely backing off because he thinks she might have a real future with her 20-year-old Australian paramour?

That's not only inconsistent with the established character behavior of these two, it's simply boring to watch.

I've long thought that Schmidt and Cece - a more realistic couple than Nick and Jess ever were, one beset by numerous, possibly endless ACTUAL problems - are the most interesting couple in the New Girl-iverse.

And given the lack of focus given to the relationship this season, I do have to wonder if this is the end of the line for this messy, immature, and very realistic twosome.

Which would seem to point to the show's own Jess-like aversion to real conflict, and fixation on emotional tidiness.

Schmidt and Cece are a sloppy, disturbed emotional mess, the kind of mess that usually makes for the most compelling TV-watching.

But this season, there was no room for them, or their kind of sloppiness, on New Girl.

The show's emotional landscape is as crisp as one of Jess's outfits, with no room for the slouchy, wrinkly parts of relationships that make for the best comedy.

Will New Girl Season 4 restore the show to its former glory? Will next season's crop of New Girl quotes reach more consistent heights? Will the gang be forced to open up a diner together and/ or join forces to solve mysteries? Will Jess finally let one of her dresses get one, teeny, tiny wrinkle in it?

Folks, I've been watching this show long enough to say that the only thing I know about the future of New Girl, is that I have no idea about the future of New Girl.

(Except it's definitely a "no" on the wrinkle thing.)

How would you grade New Girl Season 3?

 

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Mars Landing and the break up came out of thin air, and since then, the show has not only been awkward and painful to watch, but there isn't even anything to LAUGH at anymore. I don't recognize the characters, I was shocked to find myself wanting to fast forward every scene with Nick and/or Jess, and the ending left me wondering what the heck I had been watching for the past 3 years. Bunk beds? Jess acting like a 10 year old turning away from Nick like he had cooties? Schmidt giving Cece a class ring? What show IS this? If Dance and Cruise are any indication as to what we can expect from next season, count me OUT. Maybe I'll give it a nice binge watch over the holidays, but I'm not going to be anticipating and counting down to every episode like I've always done in the past. Heck, I wonder if I'll ever remember it by the time fall rolls around.

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If it's any indication of how this season went, at the beginning of the season I LOVED and couldn't wait for each episode. By mid March I find myself actually getting angry at the show, not just disliking it. I will give season 4 a watch but I sure hope the writers pull their heads out of their butts. I agree 100% with Isabel. The show isn't even consistent anymore.

Drea-xoxo

Meh over it, they saved themselves a bit but still annoying!! NJ need to get together and move on.

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I was actually impressed with how New Girl handled Nick and Jess getting together and continuing to have a pretty solid relationship. The break up came out of nowhere to me and didn't ring true--all Jess's complaints about being annoyed with him all the time seemed made up to create a rift. The show has mostly fallen apart since then and I don't think I'd miss it if I stopped watching all together. This episode was more of the same--like they're going through the motions and not trying to develop the characters anymore.

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I was actually impressed with how New Girl handled Nick and Jess getting together and continuing to have a pretty solid relationship. The break up came out of nowhere to me and didn't ring true--all Jess's complaints about being annoyed with him all the time seemed made up to create a rift. The show has mostly fallen apart since then and I don't think I'd miss it if I stopped watching all together. This episode was more of the same--like they're going through the motions and not trying to develop the characters anymore.

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Sorry, I laughed here and there, but I've gotta be honest: this finale was a sad and steep fall from the quality of last season's. Most scenes and lines were funny, but overall the N&J arc felt extremely forced and unrealistic. Jess dodging that kiss was that of a silly school girl, not a grown woman who should still be in love with the man in front of her. The whole N&J broken-up storyline is flat out stupid, and in my opinion, no rationalizing or praying for a miracle next season (where all of a sudden the writers figure their sh*t out and starting giving us good material again) is going to rewind time and fix that. N&J have already declared that other men and women are going to be coming around the loft, a ridiculous prospect in any case. Why the hell wouldn't Jess, a 32 yr old grown-ass woman with a good job, not move out on her own (or at least in with Cece) if the arrangements in the loft are this awkward? IT'S NOT REALISTIC. Bunk beds? BUNK BEDS? Schmidt is a successful marketing exec and he's going to have bunk beds with his old college roommate? Will these guys ever have women in their lives again? How in the hell would you explain f*cking bunk beds to a woman? LADIES, would you EVER take a man like that seriously AT THAT AGE????? Do any of these people ever plan on growing up? Sigh. Ok. I laughed in this finale. I did. But I'm really depressed over the direction this show has taken over the last 4 eps since ML. And I'm sorry, but from what the show's people have put out in interviews and the like lately, it looks like NG is reverting to its Season 1 immaturity, implausibility, and complete lack of character direction. And if we don't voice our displeasure NOW, giving them the summer to fully analyze and study just why the hell 90% of their fans are upset with the show and why viewership is down, then next season will be a whole lot more of eps like the last 4 lemons we got. I'm really disappointed in NG. Such a far, far, far cry from where I was a year ago now....singing the praises of ELAINE'S BIG DAY and re watching all of season 2 over and over again. What's the point of re watching season 3? ABSOLUTELY NONE.

Daron

I liked it and I hope Nick & Jess get back together next season along with Schmidt and Cece.