September 23, 2015 at 6:14 am #362442
The Middle kicks off its seventh season tonight, September 23!
Episode: Not Your Brother’s Drop Off
Synopsis: Sue’s transition to college is not as smooth or glamorous as she imagined; Brick’s girlfriend Cindy wants to take their relationship to “the next level”.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 23, 2015 at 6:28 am #362444
It will be interesting to see how they’ll manage this season with both Sue and Axl at college. Admittedly, considering they’re at the same college there is some potentially interesting storylines, but I don’t know how many Brick/Frankie/Mike plotlines I need, considering they’re often the least satisfying. I’m still excited for the season, but it is accompanied by a slight apprehension.September 23, 2015 at 6:45 am #362445
I’m going to order this on demand this weekend (along with the Goldbergs) but I’m hoping that this season is more consistant than last season.September 23, 2015 at 9:20 am #362446
The Hollywood Reporter just published an interview with the creators and they shared some of the upcoming plot lines for the season, which include Sue rushing a sorority, Axl finding an internship, and Mike going through a midlife crisis and going into business with his brother. A lot of it sounds very promising!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 24, 2015 at 6:03 am #362447
I thought “Not Your Brother’s Drop Off” was a great season premiere! In the last season or two, it has been logistically hard for the show to justify having the entire ensemble in the same scene for an extended period of time, although they have attempted to do so by having Axl home at inexplicable times. So It was great to see the whole group together for the entire episode, and the scene on the side of the highway was particularly good. It was also a nice variation on the college drop off plot they used when Axl went away. As usual, Eden Sher was the MVP of the episode, though everyone was in good form.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 24, 2015 at 6:13 am #362448
Watched it about an hour ago…….honestly I liked the end but not much besides that. My grade: C+September 25, 2015 at 7:13 am #362449
I actually loved the premiere. Sue’s haircut looked great and was a nice transition moment. Mike and Frankie’s reactions to her going off to school felt true and totally in character, while still providing humor. I worry for the show with just Brick at home, because sometimes his storylines just don’t come together, but the scene with Axl giving him advice was priceless.
Brick: How many levels are there?
Axl: Forty-seven. Sixty-eight if you’re in Europe. You’ll want to skip level nine, and levels twelve through fifteen require a stepladder and a car.
As was the case most of last season, McDermott and Sher were the MVPs. Sher was particularly effective in the scene when she raged at Axl about being “an emotional dustbuster, sucking up all Mom’s love”. I would not mind if the show did sort of double duty this season, splitting time between Axl & Sue at college and the rest of the family back home. It would give a chance to get some fresh new recurring characters, too.
My DVR cut off right at the end, when Sue was waiting for her roommate to arrive. Did anything happen?September 25, 2015 at 7:28 am #362450
My DVR cut off right at the end, when Sue was waiting for her roommate to arrive. Did anything happen?
No, you didn’t miss anything! The episode ends with Sue still anxiously waiting for her roommate.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 25, 2015 at 7:33 am #362451
^^Thanks!September 25, 2015 at 12:23 pm #362452
I Loved the episode and the way that The Middle mix comedy and sweetness. Laughing with Sue and the tire, and Frank’s speech putting a sweet smile in our faces. Great season premiere.September 30, 2015 at 5:42 am #362453
Episode: Cutting the Cord
Synopsis: Sue is lonely waiting for her roommate to arrive and begins to annoy Frankie and Mike with constant texts and phone calls at all hours of the night; Axl and Hutch deal with an ant infestation in their house; Brick befriends a bodyguard at school.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 1, 2015 at 6:54 am #362454
I enjoyed “Cutting the Cord” more than the season premiere. Getting Sue out of the house and more out of her comfort zone than ever before is already paying off. Eden Sher does a great job (as usual) showing the slow cracks in the veneer of Sue’s optimism and it culminates in that great phone call with Frankie and Mike, and an even better scene between Sue and Axl. Kudos to the show that I didn’t foresee Axl showing up to check in on Sue even though they go to the same school. Axl and Hutch’s subplot was noticeably slight, but at least they gave McDermott something substantial to do in the main plot of the night. I even thought Brick dressing up as a bookmark, frequently being forgotten by Frankie and Mike, and making a new friend worked well. I think this season is off to a great start!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 1, 2015 at 7:05 am #362455
I liked the Brick stuff and the Axl stuff but the Sue one didnt work for me. My grade: BOctober 7, 2015 at 11:56 am #362456
Episode: The Shirt
Synopsis: Frankie is shocked when Mike ditches his usual flannel shirt for a Hawaiian shirt and begins to think he is going through a mid-life crisis; Sue accidentally tells Axl’s girlfriend Devin that he loves her while signing up for clubs, which causes Devin to rethink her relationship with Axl; Brick is tasked with picking up additional chores and takes his bathroom cleaning very seriously.
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