Directed by: Martin Ponferrada, Brad Free, Mark Nunnari
Written by: Various
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Lunch Room EP: 1-3
Read below for individual reviews of episodes.
Lunch Room will probably fall into familiar territory for those who enjoy the hit show Superstore with a small side of The Office. As the name suggests, this series takes place mainly in the lunchroom of the fictional Oz Supermart and follows its characters in much the same way as the shows mentioned above. Of course, like any series, some episodes are better than others, and because of that, I have included my score for the series as a whole. Generally speaking, I mostly liked what I watched but noticed that I began to enjoy Lunch Room more and more as I moved through the episodes. Perhaps because I became more familiar with the setting and characters? Maybe because the general pace and flow simply got better. In the end, however, I can't deny I wished the show wasn't over and hope for more to come.
A few things overall I noticed - I wasn't a fan of the black and white format. At all. I could assume, maybe incorrectly, that the black and white was meant to represent cameras in-store. Yet, the various camera angles totally fractured that illusion if that was the case. There were also some episode situations that I found unbelievable. Such as in Ep.3, where the gentleman doesn't know that he has no money. How do you not know how much money you "don't" have? But as I stated above, overall, this was a fun 15 episodes and given a chance, Lunch Room surely won't disappoint fans of this type of content. I should also mention that the cast of this series is huge, and because of that, and to refrain from too many spoilers, I'll try and remain conscious about what I write.
The initial episodes introduce us to some of the main characters, a new logo for the chain of Oz Supermarts, and of course, the infamous lunch room. Let me be blunt. A lot is going on in these episodes, and the main format of the show is quickly established as down, dirty, and reality-focused.
The way the store operates and an amusing segment involving a conversation about stupid customers highlight these three episodes. It really made me think what real-life store employees are saying about me behind my back. Of course, I can imagine a lot of this show is probably gleaned from real-life experiences, so I probably already know my answer.
By the time episode 3 finished, I could honestly say I was on my way to being hooked. The look and format, which was at first a little awkward, was starting to look a little more normal by now as I got used to the style. The truth is a lot of ground was covered in these episodes. From promotions, to stolen sandwiches - Lunch Room was beginning to take hold.
Read my review for episodes 4, 5, and 6 here.