30 Rock

Season 3 Episode 15

The Bubble

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 19, 2009 on NBC

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  • Liz begins to have doubts about her relationship with her handsome boyfriend, and Jack has to deal with some unusual contractual negotiations.

    This struck me as another frustratingly uneven episode. The ironic treatment of the character played by Jon Hamm (an actor who, weirdly, seems more at home in a 1964 setting than he does in 2009) was amusing, if a little silly towards the end, but what was the rest of the episode all about? There are still some tremendous comic lines, and Baldwin and Fey (whose performances are arguably better than ever) still make their scenes together really memorable, but where is the sitcom? The show seems more like a 'com' without a 'sit' these days. Tina Fey knows the world of TV shows inside out, so maybe she's just bored of the situation she's created, because the 'show within the show' has long lost its relevance (in stark contrast to, say, the one in Larry Sanders). Most of the characters have also been pushed far into the background: take poor Toofer, who was interesting and relevant in series one and much of series two, but now he just sits there for a few seconds each week looking vacant. I can't even remember him having more than a handful of lines this season! (Every script the poor actor who plays him gets must make his heart sink a bit more each time). Aside from the increasingly irritating Kenneth, all we seem to focus on each week are Tracy and Jenna, and even they don't do anything except compete with each other to appear the most laboured and silly. The suspicion is growing, IMHO, that Tina Fey, brilliant though she is in many ways, is not really suited to writing a sitcom (as opposed to a sketch show). If the writer seems uninterested in the situation and most of the characters, then what sustains the show for the viewers?
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