August 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm #257743
The pilot episode was just released about two hours ago, so I caught it on Hulu. Here are just a few of my thoughts…
– Mindy Kaling was a good lead. She could’ve been a lot worse, but she also could’ve been a lot better.
– The supporting cast is pretty good, Chris Messina is the bright spot thus far. Ed Weeks wasn’t given much to do in this first episode, Anna Camp only had one and a half scenes (but oh God I hope she gets more material, I love her!), Zoe Jarman and Amanda Setton are pretty good (screentime advantage to Jarman), and Stephen Toblowsky was severely underused in this first episode.
– The show is funny. It’s not ridiculously, laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s funny and there is definitely room for growth.
– The number of romantic comedy references are overbearing.
– Hopefully we get to see more Bill Hader and Ed Helms, both were pretty good (Hader as Kaling’s ex seems more likely for him to resurface, and Helms’ storyline wasn’t completely closed by the end of the episode).
– Because I know this is what the comparisons will say: No, this is not like New Girl. No, this is not better than New Girl. After New Girl’s pilot, I was really excited to watch the rest of the season and I became invested in the characters. After this episode, I was still interested in seeing more episodes, but I’d hoped for something more. Obviously, Deschanel is miles better than Kaling, but Kaling is also writing and exec-producing so her work on this show is impressive. However, I do think the show will be a good companion to New Girl, probably not as successful.
– Out of the TV pilots for the 2012-2013 season I’ve seen so far, this ranks lower than NBC’s Go On, but a lot higher than their sure-to-be flop Animal Practice. Still deciding if I should check out the Ben and Kate pilot.
Discuss the first season of The Mindy Project below!August 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm #257745
The pilot was pretty bad. I think Mindy’s voiceover voice is much less annoying than her on-screen mannerisms/voice, yet the writing for the voiceovers is cloying and overly constant. I didn’t find anything amusing. The only thing I liked was that the two guys were attractive. I suppose the show could be better if it become more ensemble-y like The New Girl did, but I don’t feel like sticking around.August 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm #257746
I’m gonna watch it now, but I am expecting the worse. That does not look good at all.August 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm #257747
I know this is a show that will be polarizing to some, but there is a lot to work from here. It is a perfect match for New Girl and Raising Hope.
I liked Mindy Kalling as the lead, I’ve never watched The Office so I have nothing to compare her work to, but I enjoyed her overall. She’s quirkly but very likeable. The supporting cast is good, I especially like Ed Weeks, and I think the potential for a love triangle is great.
Overall I liked it.August 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm #257748
I will say that the show surprised me, and in a very good way. The trailer made it look SO much worse than it actually is. The voice of Mindy is very strong, which I think is either love or hate. I personally liked it, and a lot of the jokes surprised me in the best way. I think as a pilot it was a tad all over the place, but I think plot is something you can always work on, voice/tone is much more difficult, so right now I think it’s promising.August 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm #257749
I can already tell from the pilot that this show is going to be as polarizing as “Girls.”August 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm #257750
It starts very strong, with the fun, ironic perspective on romantic comedies and the people who grew up watching them, but by the end, it’s just as cheesy and formulaic as them. It’s one of those shows that’s winking at the audience so the people watching won’t feel guilty for liking a romantic comedy. Because, after all, if it’s making fun of romantic comedies, it supposedly gives them license to use the same tired mechanisms rom-coms still use, right?
I’ll say the same thing I said it before in another forum: it’s trying too hard to be universal to ever be very funny, or very original, or very personal, or very intelligent. Some will like it because it’s not challenging, it’s non-threating and there’s probably still a big audience for the genre, craving any kind of a more elaborate execution of the form on tv, and this will probably be it for them. But overall, this doesn’t seem to have intentions to be anything special. And in this particular genre, the only thing that would keep me as a viewer would be some form of ambition, or unique personality, or even just great timing and fearless humor. While it may become something like this in the future, it won’t happen very soon and I don’t find it very likely, so I’m probably out.August 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm #257751
Just caught it on Hulu. My immediate thoughts:
– The first five minutes were absolute perfection.
– Mindy Kaling is a good lead. I was a little unsure about her after seeing the trailer (all I ever saw her in was her uber-awesomeness on The Office) but now I see she that she has so much potential.
– I have a feeling that this show will divide the Gold Derbyites, similar to Girls and New Girl.
– The ending was predictable.
– Chris Messina will be this season’s Max Greenfield and be this year’s comedy breakout star. He was hilarious.
– Overall, your typical pilot. As for most successful comedies nowadays, the pilot was shaky, but screams POTENTIAL. It is now up to Mindy to not screw up what she has going for her. BSeptember 10, 2012 at 10:23 am #257752
*** out of ****
Just caught this online, and I have to agree that it has promise. The supporting characters haven’t really come into focus yet, but they are played by an appealing group of actors and Kaling is such a winning presence that this seems like one of those shows that will come into its own after five or six episodes. Charles Macdougall has a way with pilots–this isn’t at the level of the Desperate Housewives pilot, but it was pretty smooth and entertaining. Kaling gave herself some great lines (“I’m not good at saying no. I once left a flea market with a samurai sword.”/”I’m a vegetarian, for moral reasons. I mean, I eat eggs and fish and hamburgers… but never steak.”/”Maybe I’ll do one of those eat-pray-love things. No, I don’t want to pray. Forget it, I’ll just die alone.”) and delivered them well. If she can better establish the rest of the cast in the coming weeks, I’ll be on board.September 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm #257753
Strong pilot episode. I got a clear vision of who this Mindy character is all about in the perfect first five minutes. Even that was more successful than just about all of the pilot to “New Girl,” which I can’t help but compare this show to. “New Girl” found its footing by the second half of the season, but I’d say that this is stronger effort from the start. Mindy Kaling is someone I’ve rooted for to land something like this, b/c she wasn’t utilized properly on “The Office” (as great as I thought Kelly Kapoor was in small doses). Kaling was more successful with her scripts, and she’s done it again here. “Would it be possible to get a tour of the special victims unit?” “Maybe I’ll do one of those ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ things? No, I don’t want to pray. Forget it. I’ll just die alone.” “So you want more white patients? No, don’t write that! Okay, write that down.” The “red flags” bit in the date with Ed Helms was fun. The side characters will hopefully come into greater focus as this goes along. Chris Messina! What should have been his Emmy breakthrough for “Damages” this year might pull through for him next year with this show. The only thing I didn’t like was the too-instant “opposites attract” dynamic between Messina and Kaling. It was even worse on “Go On” between Perry and Benanti, so maybe I should be grateful for small favors. It’s a sitcom cliche I wish these shows wouldn’t hit so mindnumbingly hard. Kaling’s a winner though, so here’s to the show’s future success.
Grade for “Pilot”: A-September 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm #257754
I thought this was very charming and has great potential. This can also be said for Kaling. Messina was very good. God, he’s so sexy…September 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm #257755
You would think that somebody who has written and performed MANY creative things on The Office as Mindy Kaling has, wouldn’t go the neurotic single gal route for her own show. But here she is. Yes the Pilot did a great job establishing the character and all of that, but as far as expectations go for a huge fan of hers, they weren’t met.
I understand how a lot of the ideas she had for this would be considered fun, but I felt a lot of it was very cliche. I think it has a lot of potential because at the end of the day several lines worked and will keep working and with somebody like her and Chris Messina, it could end up becoming good down the line, but I wasn’t that impressed with the idea and the writing here because it seems too easy for her. I liked several scenes and if you get past a lot of stuff it was actually very enjoyable with the other male lead being the one weak spot the Pilot had.
I didn’t like Ed Helms being a guest star either, sometimes you have to look past your inmediate connections, specially for a Pilot when you should be distancing youself from your previous role instead of reminding everybody “Hey I’m from The Office and NBC passed on my show!”.
And if it goes well and she isn’t wasted (and I’m not holding my breath), then “yeah!” for Anna Camp.
It will go perfectly with New Girl, I don’t see how either show will flop in it’s second and first season since they go perfectly together and I also think it will do nicely with Raising Hope, but since Glee is out of the night we still have to wait and see.
Grade: BSeptember 15, 2012 at 1:06 am #257756
I watched it. Thought the opening was pretty funny. But, it turned fairly cliche by the ending. Neurotic single gal romantic comedy is a very tired concept. And I don’t think did anything surprising. The whole thing just felt a little too easy.
Still, some of the lines were funny. Kaling was good. I liked Messina. But, yeah the concept there felt very forced. Weeks was the only other actor who registered, but I’m not sure I liked him very much.
It was okay for a pilot. I really like Mindy Kaling. So, I may try a couple more episodes and see how it develops.September 25, 2012 at 3:39 am #257757
Episode Title: “Pilot”
Synopsis: Ob-gyn Mindy Lahiri struggles to clean up the mess that is her personal life in the series premiere of Fox’s latest comedy series; an unforgettable toast at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding leads to an embarrassing brush with the law.
Guest Stars: Bill Hader, Ed Helms
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