John Cho is perfect. As an actor he’s versatile, talented, funny- he has screen presence in spades, and the man knows how to deliver a line. He also has that relatively rare quality of being able to play the straight leading man, while also having the comic timing to be reliably off beat and hilarious. I do not understand how it has taken so long for him to be cast as a romantic lead (the Harold and Kumar movies aside, if Harold can be classified as such), because I repeat, the man is perfect. It’s safe to say that I will endure a lot bad television in order to continue to watch John Cho as a leading man every week.
I wrote most of this post two weeks ago when I was supposed to be writing something else, unsurprisingly avoiding other work is the only way I write a blog post ever. At the time I had a line where I begged America to watch the show so it wouldn’t get taken away from me. It’s since been confirmed ABC has not ordered any more episodes, and it’s not clear if they will air any of the remaining past November 11. I still have a lot to say. Onwards.
Happily, the chemistry between Karen Gillan and John Cho in Selfie is great, undoubtedly a solid base for the show to rest on while it finds its footing,
but early ratings may not bode well for Selfie being able to truly grow into itself, which is a shame because there’s a lot of potential there.
Selfie has the potential to be great. However, half of its pilot made me want to stab my hand with a fork. I would like not to be too harsh, as there is a marked improvement in subsequent episodes, and show runner Emily Kapnek’s previous sitcom Suburgatory proved she can traverse the absurd while being sweetly sharp and funny, but Selfie‘s pilot is truly a test of endurance. Read More →