“Justice 1, Racism 0.” “I’m undecided that’s the rating.”
I received’t lie: this week’s episode of Superstore may not make you’re feeling heat and comfy in regards to the state of the world on the finish of the day. However – and, if it’s not clear, I imply this as a real praise – Superstore by no means does.
“Hair Care Merchandise” is an empathetic, philosophically advanced half-hour of TV, not directly addressing the Black Lives Matter motion that encountered a serious resurgence final summer season after the epidemic of unjust killings of African People throughout the U.S. got here to the forefront of the cultural mindset.
As beforehand introduced in its press release, the episode facilities across the finish of a racist Cloud 9 coverage that stirs the Retailer 1217 gang to speak about systemic racism, each within the broader sense and within the office, with Garrett turning into the considerably reluctant spokesman for himself and his Black coworkers.
The episode doesn’t give any precise reference to the occasions surrounding the historic protests (to be truthful, they had been already touched on within the season premiere). Nevertheless, this episode continues to be a transparent response to the motion as a complete, because it offered an area for folks of colour to overtly discuss in regards to the discrimination they face every day, and for a lot of white People to reevaluate their very own on a regular basis microaggressions and start higher recognizing the borderlines of cultural appropriation.
We’ll see all that “white guilt” in full drive this week, performed up for some nice laughs, but it surely stays apparent that this episode was particularly made with the intention to spotlight Black viewpoints firstly, one thing which it does with comedy, sensitivity and nuance.
That nuance is the great factor that makes this week’s episode (and the entire present’s extra topical episodes, actually) so efficient: in contrast to the majority of different exhibits courageous sufficient to sort out advanced subject material, Superstore doesn’t declare to know all of the solutions. As a substitute, it simply offers a voice to the problem at hand, typically letting all the edges play out in opposition to each other, with every participant giving their very own (often clearly incorrect), deeply in-character take.
The Superstore writers have turn into masters at mining accessible comedy out of brutal, sometimes embarrassing, typically livid honesty; a feat that doesn’t simply translate to the half-hour office present format so effectively because it does to the likes of drier-humored cable dramedies. When the present indicators off for good later this yr, it will likely be a novel voice sorely missed on my TV every week (though, presumably a voice that can reside on but, in the recently-announced spinoff Bo and Cheyenne?).
Superstore comes again from winter break this Thursday, January 14th, airing in its new 8:30 PM timeslot, with an episode that when once more cements that whereas the NBC comedy doesn’t pull a punch, it’s simply the probably the greatest sources for topical storylines in modern tv.
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