Awkward Review: Jet-Skiing Past Heartache
While the "Awkward." season premiere sure sounded like we were going to get some finality to things, it actually left things exactly as we found them to begin the hour.
Much like last season’s finale, there is still plenty of awkwardness to be found between Jake and Jenna, and both of them seem to innately recognize what they’re doing feels rushed at times. Jake is completely committed to Jenna. However, Jake and Jenna are both still full of insecurities and expectations from one another.
I’m not sure what Jake is expecting from Jenna because at times it feels like he likes the idea of her, but when he finds out about her flaws he’s taken aback. With the box of condoms he was rather surprised Jenna wasn't a virgin. However, at least after his momentary confusion he grew supportive. The insecurities Jake was feeling in that conversation might have had more to do with his relationship with Lissa than it did with Jenna.
Jenna, on the other hand, no matter what choice she made last season and tonight, still has her feet planted in both camps. Why else would she decide to see where the year takes her over making any resolutions? It's probably the best course of action to take, as she is still unsure of who she wants to be with, especially when Matty said he isn’t giving up. He’s going to continue trying to win Jenna’s heart.
But in the meantime it feels like Jake is getting strung along a little bit because he doesn't know Matty and Jenna were secretly hooking up.
I really don’t envy Jenna’s position because both guys are wonderful to her. Who doesn’t want to have their own Matty and Jake in their lives? On top of that, how can Jenna choose one over the other when they both have qualities she likes? It's great to see Awkward take that step forward past cliches and work towards characters that aren't so cut and dry and fit in certain cliched boxes. It makes Jenna's choice all the more hard, and all the more satisfying.
Alright, I totally lied: Jenna, I envy your love triangle.
An interesting shift happened tonight as well. Awkward, while still incredibly funny, has now allotted extra time to drama and character interactions. While last season had a decent balance of comedy and drama, it was always tipped towards comedy. Tonight things felt much more like a 50/50 split.
If there is one complaint I have about that split it’s Valerie and Lacey losing some comedy time because of it. I understand that Lacey’s character has some other emotions to deal with other than convincing Jenna to get a boob job or wearing something sexy, but Valerie, while she had her moments with her cat catching advice, was mostly there to fill screen time. Hopefully when she gets back into the school Valerie will get her hilarity back. Aside from these small quibbles, Awkward’s comedy is even better this year. I just want to be greedy and laugh even more so.
Finally, another thing has cropped up to take the place of the carefrontation letter: anonymous commenter! Sadly (or maybe not so sadly), this anonymous commenter is kind and caring so far, and doesn’t bash Jenna for her choices or opinions. Maybe the commenter will change his or her mind when Jenna chooses the wrong person?
- I loved the Good Eats style filming through the fridge when Matty and Jenna were in the garage getting ice.
- Tamara looks even more hilariously unhinged this season. To say I can’t wait to see what she gets into this year would be an understatement.
- While I was hoping for some blow out fight between Lacey and Jenna over the note I’m glad Jenna gave Lacey a taste of her own medicine. What will Lacey do now? Especially when she’s gotten so close to her daughter. More importantly, how will Kevin react?
- Why does so much of Ming’s dialogue have boner context?
- Lissa being drunk is the best thing to ever happen to her character since "no no square."
Finally, here's tonight's winning quote, courtesy of the one and only Tamara:
He sexted me a picture of his hands with a note that said "we miss you." | permalink
Head over to our Awkward quotes page to read and vote on the other crazy things Tamara said this week!
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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.