Directed by: Martin Ponferrada, Brad Free, Mark Nunnari
Written by: Various
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Lunch Room EP: 10-12
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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.
These three episodes seemed much more serious than the last ones. While I thought it was great to see a more focused and grounded direction for the series, I couldn't help but miss the airy feeling of many of the prior outings. Episode 10, titled Werewolves, had me guessing where such a title could possibly lead. With that said, the reasoning behind the episode made perfect sense, and this was a great example of how grounded some of the episodes could be.
With the thoughtful examination of current Vs. past generations complete, we then end up with some relationship episodes and an Uber driver who seems to always be available. The truth is that episode 11 focuses on the sadder points of life and that feeling left its mark on me.
The final of this batch involves accidental dialing and shit*y customers always looking for a break. I shouldn't say much because I'm always trying to get something for free - but seeing certain stunts onscreen makes me want to cringe when/if ever I try and pull something. Generally speaking, this grouping of episodes shows how drastically Lunch Room can shift gears and deal with more serious issues. And it still manages a few funny moments mixed in for good measure.
Read my review of episodes 13, 14, and 15 here.