Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-10-2020, 10:32 AM
Enright3 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 6,608

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist


So, who's seen this? I stumbled across it on Hulu the other day, and it was enjoyable. I'll definitely be watching again.

"Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in the tech world of San Francisco. After an unexpected event, she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through music. People are unknowingly singing their feelings through popular songs -- just to her. At first, she questions her own sanity and turns to the only person she thinks can help explain what's happening -- her neighbor Mo, a devoted music enthusiast and DJ. With Mo's help, she realizes what's happening and soon discovers that this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift."

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/re...review-1264974
  #2  
Old 01-10-2020, 11:24 AM
WOOKINPANUB's Avatar
WOOKINPANUB is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: St Petersburg, Floriduhhh
Posts: 7,324
I'm definitely interested. The premise sounds fun and I've been a fan of Jane Levy ever since Suburgatory. Is it just me or is she very Emma Stonelike, both physically and in acting styles?
  #3  
Old 01-10-2020, 11:32 AM
DCnDC's Avatar
DCnDC is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Dueling Grounds
Posts: 13,281
Saw an ad for it the other day. I recognized the lead actress from somewhere and it took me a while to figure it out: she was the first Mandy Milkovich on the first season of Shameless (she was replaced by another actress in subsequent seasons).

I see she starred in an ABC show called Suburgatory but I've never heard of that.

Anyways, this looked interesting. I'll check it out if I remember.
  #4  
Old 01-10-2020, 12:33 PM
RealityChuck's Avatar
RealityChuck is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Schenectady, NY, USA
Posts: 43,166
I watched it. It's a fair but inferior version of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Biggest issue is that they don't have the equivalent of Rachel Bloom writing the songs. Using existing songs lessens their impact, since they don't fit the situation exactly. It was disconcerting to see Skylar Austin, but I guess that's where he ended up going after Rachel made her decision.

Good enough to give it another shot, but not outstanding.
__________________
"If a person saying he was something was all there was to it, this country'd be full of rich men and good-looking women. Too bad it isn't that easy.... In short, when someone else says you're a writer, that's when you're a writer... not before."
Purveyor of fine science fiction since 1982.
  #5  
Old 01-10-2020, 06:04 PM
LurkMeister is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Central NC
Posts: 4,704
Elsewhere I had seen the show compared to Eli Stone, which I had thoroughly enjoyed, so I decided to give it a try. Couldn't even make it through the first episode. Among other things, I found the neighbor incredibly annoying; if I had ever had a neighbor like her the police and the landlord would have been receiving frequent noise complaints, and I certainly wouldn't have been confiding anything to her.
  #6  
Old 01-13-2020, 04:55 PM
Enright3 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 6,608
I don't understand this mentality. If the show has potential, why not give it a chance? The perfect example of this (to me, anyway) is Parks and Rec. Almost anyone who is familiar with the series will say skip the first season; because the writers figured out what wasn't working and fixed it.

Anyway, I agree with you that the neighbor is annoying. I feel like the TV execs say "you must input a 'whacky' character. While I enjoyed the show, I have hope that the writers fix her character.
__________________
Enright3
  #7  
Old 01-13-2020, 07:56 PM
Fair Rarity's Avatar
Fair Rarity is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 2,245
I liked it a little but probably not enough to keep watching. Random bursts of song aren't really my thing. I liked the story, the parents, the job. I even liked the maligned neighbor. I did like the music mostly but I just don't like this kind of thing. Not a big fan of fantasy dance sequences out of animated Disney.
  #8  
Old 01-13-2020, 08:46 PM
LurkMeister is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Central NC
Posts: 4,704
I will generally give a show at least two episodes before deciding it's not worth watching, on the assumption that it may either improve or grow on me. But sometimes a show just grates on me to the point where I can't stand to watch it. That was the case here. It wasn't just one thing, but enough things that I couldn't see myself ever getting into it.

There are quite a few popular shows that I have no interest in watching; a recent one that comes to mind is The Unicorn; I watched the first episode because I'm a big fan of Walton Goggins (I loved him in Justified) but I just couldn't get into the premise. Part of that may be because after my wife died I had several co-workers, friends, and even casual acquaintances make remarks about how I was now "prime husband material" (including comments about women bringing me food) and it just struck a little too close to home.
  #9  
Old 01-13-2020, 10:26 PM
jackdavinci is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Port Jefferson Sta, NY
Posts: 8,108
Quote:
Originally Posted by WOOKINPANUB View Post
I'm definitely interested. The premise sounds fun and I've been a fan of Jane Levy ever since Suburgatory. Is it just me or is she very Emma Stonelike, both physically and in acting styles?
She reminded me more of Bethany Joy Lenz from One Tree Hill.

I enjoyed it a lot. Certainly the premise is in my wheelhouse as cross between musical (Glee, Crazy Exgirlfriend) and quirky superpower (Wonderfalls, Joan of Arcadia).

I'm not sure if it's a good or bad sign that it's being promoted so much. The entire episode came up as an ad on YouTube. And after I watched it on Hulu I learned it was released early as a free preview.

I have mixed feelings about the realistic singing abilities. It's nice that they got Mary Steenburgen and Peter Gallagher and Lauren Graham, but unless Peter has a getting cured story arc, there's not much for him to do outside of his imaginary singing.

It's also cool to see a second series featuring multiple female coders outside of the hacker trope.

I found it interesting how many songs they had, including a Beetles song! Especially in light of how it's been so difficult to secure original run soundtrack rights for many series and even film DVD such that they've had to change songs out. I guess either it's gotten way easier to secure music rights or doing covers is just cheaper. Maybe Glee broke the ice on that.

Speaking of Glee, I liked the upstairs neighbor too.

The cliffhanger was a little weird, I thought her best friend was gay for some reason, not just in the friend zone.
  #10  
Old 01-13-2020, 11:38 PM
Spoons is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
Posts: 19,649
I liked it. Interesting concept. Some of the vocalists in the pilot could have been a bit better, but I'm sure they will improve with time and practice. As one who loves rock and pop from all eras, I'll look forward to watching the show.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jackdavinci View Post
I found it interesting how many songs they had, including a Beetles song!
I'd expect at least one Beatles song, if not two. What I did not expect, and what blew me away was the inclusion of "I Think I Love You," originally by the Partridge Family in 1970. If they're willing to consider something like that, who knows what else we will hear as the series progresses?
  #11  
Old 01-13-2020, 11:46 PM
amarinth is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Emerald City, WA, USA
Posts: 9,994
Almost every scene at the software company bothered me; they don't work that way. And her neighbor was a stereotypical "magical negro." And many of the songs were both incredibly on the nose and wrong for the characters (Her co-worker was born almost 20 years after "I think I love you" charted. Why would he be thinking that song instead of something like "It's gonna be me" or "Can't Get You Out of My Head" or from his own teenage years instead of his parents'? Same thing for Peter Gallagher & True Colors.)

I may watch the second episode, because I kind of like the idea, but it didn't quite work in the pilot.
  #12  
Old 01-14-2020, 05:56 PM
Omar Little's Avatar
Omar Little is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Within
Posts: 13,317
Quote:
Originally Posted by amarinth View Post
Why would he be thinking that song
I don't think the singing characters are thinking of particular songs. It's that their thoughts are coming out as songs to Zoey.
  #13  
Old 01-14-2020, 05:57 PM
Omar Little's Avatar
Omar Little is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Within
Posts: 13,317
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackdavinci View Post
I thought her best friend was gay for some reason, not just in the friend zone.
What gave you that vibe?
  #14  
Old 01-14-2020, 07:34 PM
Typo Negative's Avatar
Typo Negative is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: 7th Level of Hell, Ca
Posts: 18,196
I liked it. I'm not much musical numbers, but the songs were good ones and the dialog was well written.

I loved the 'caring co-worker' singing I WIN!!
__________________
"Just love everybody. I'll sort 'em out later"

-God
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@straightdope.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright 2019 STM Reader, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017