Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Out With Dad 3.21 & 3.22

It’s about time I got around to writing about the finale to season 3 of Out With Dad, my favorite webseries.  I actually have 2 episodes to season 3 I have not reviewed, but I think it will work well to discuss them both at the same time.

Episode 3.21, “Vanessa Goes Home” is the perfect example of how you do not need a lot of verbiage to tell a good story.  The majority of the 5-minute episode is silent, and the silence builds up to the ending very well.  About the ending, I don’t think many of us viewers were surprised to see Vanessa come home to a welcoming house.  However, the specific event of her Mother moving out was surprising to me.  It looks like her dad has decided that his daughter’s well-being is more important than the supposed “rules” of his religion.  Good for him. The embrace between Father and Daughter was joyful, and the return of Vanessa to the world of color ends things beautifully.

And then there’s 3.22, “With Family and Friends”, the finale.  Wow. This one ended up well beyond my expectations and certainly ended up differently than I predicted.  The opening scene with Nathan and his parents…just classic!  Hilarious and yet very real.  The mirrored expressions between Nathan and his dad was the perfect ending.  It also shows the great detail Jason has put into this series. The next scene between Rose and Nathan sets up the situation.  It is also interesting to see Rose use some of Claire’s favorite dialogue.

At the barbecue, Angela shows up with her daughter, Carly, leading to an awkward exchange between Angela and Nathan.  This does not bode well for the senior relationship.  The conversation about the GSAs is educational and also shows the personalities and relationships of the characters.  Claire is so gung-ho, Alicia is desperate to help, Kenny is brass and Rose is timid about the whole thing. Unfortunately, it also serves to illustrate the real differences between Rose and Claire.  Though as Nathan noted earlier, Claire is helping Rose come out of her shell, it remains to be seen if Rose will ever truly emerge.

Which sets up Vanessa’s return quite nicely.  I don’t have a good comment about the reunion and its repercussions, I’m afraid.  I’ll just leave it alone for now.

My initial thought concerning this episode is: how could you?!  Jason, how could you do something so cruel!  After they’ve come so far, how can you do this to Angela and Nathan??!  I mean, I like the romantic stuff between the kids, but I figure they have a long time to find true love and settle down.  But the parents?  They may never have another chance at happiness!!  They simply MUST iron things out and get together absolutely for good!

Anyway, I’m excited to hear that Jason has another season in the works, and I’m very curious to see where he will take things from here.  I have my thoughts and predictions on the future, and maybe I’ll get around to writing about them soon.

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