Man, it’s good to have Parenthood back on the air. The Bravermans are an easy family to miss—everything from their most intense crisis to their most trivial squabble is intriguing—and the Season 2 premiere did not disappoint.
“I See You and I Hear You” was proof that the show has learned plenty of lessons from last season and used those lessons to make even more improvements. The episode gave play to most of the characters equally, but also focused on those who got a little less face time in the season finale. For example, Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) children, Amber (Mae Whitman) and Drew (Miles Heizer), took a backseat to Julia’s (Erika Christensen) daughter Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae) and Adam’s (Peter Krause) son Max (Max Burkholder)—both of whom delivered superb acting performances. Little Savannah was perfectly hilarious while giving her parents the dreaded “Where do babies come from?” inquisition, and Max’s freakout was, as usual, heartbreaking. I don’t know what they feed those kids on set, but I hope they keep a decent supply of whatever it is.
We also got to see some new interactions: Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) spent time with Julia’s husband Joel (Sam Jaeger), who was largely ignored during Season 1; Max spent time with his sister, Haddie (Sarah Ramos); and Sarah asked her younger sister, Julia, for advice. If this season goes anything like the premiere (and like the actors said it would), we’ll see little relationships between each of the characters form and develop as the weeks pass.
And the guest stars! The news that Billy Baldwin would be playing Adam’s boss didn’t excite me initially, but once I saw him on screen, my mind instantly reverted to Jack Donaghy and all seemed right. Baldwins were born to play bosses. It’s just a fact. And I’m extremely interested to see where they take this whole flirtation between Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Gaby (Minka Kelly).
One final thought: I absolutely loved how they shot all of the roof scenes. The water dripping on the camera, Sarah and Adam looking up through the hole in the roof, Zeek and Joel looking down through the hole. Points for creativity.
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