Thursday, April 30, 2015

Weird Loners on FOX

Weird Loners is a new series that premiered at the very end of this past March on FOX. It was created by Michael J. Weithorn and is a single-camera comedy about four people who are afraid of relationships and form an unlikely friendship in their Queens home.

In the series there are four main characters, including Caryn (Becki Newton) a hygienist who was engaged but breaks it off after a brief romantic encounter with Slosh. There's also Eric (Nate Torrence), a goofy toll collector whose father unexpectedly passes away his estranged cousin Slosh offers to move in to "look after him" (which is completely untrue) Slosh (Zachary Knighton) has actually just lost his job because he is such a womanizer and he then lost his apartment. And then there's Zara (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) who becomes friends with Eric after buying one of her odd paintings. She has a lot of angst and gets fed up with the others fairly easily.

There are a number of interesting relationships on the show. Caryn and Slosh have a strange sort of rivalry going on, even though they are clearly attracted to one another. It definitely doesn't help that Slosh is such a womanizer and Caryn becomes entranced very easily. Flirting with Slosh once made her break off her engagement for crying out loud! Eric and Zara also have an interesting relationship because they are both so odd. I'm interested to see how these relationships develop throughout the season, especially since the whole premise of the show is around people who are bad at maintaining relationships.

The show's production value is definitely high, and the production design is actually really nice. The character's rooms fit their personalities well and the rest of the set decoration is very detailed. A lot of thought was definitely put into each frame and I really admire that. The costumes are also very well done and fit the characters' moods, which is very important

I personally am not a huge fan of the show. I think the characters are very outlandish and I have a hard time believing them. The jokes on the show are a bit childish and that contributes to my dislike of it. I do think the design is good, but the show just doesn't work with me because the characters are so annoying.

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