Directed by: Martin Ponferrada, Brad Free, Mark Nunnari
Written by: Various
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Lunch Room EP: 13-15
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.
Here I was settling in to watch the final three episodes of Lunch Room - a show that exponentially grew on me the more I watched. Starting off with a conversation... no, actually a yelling match, I was quickly reminded how much I enjoyed watching this series. It also dawned on me during this episode how much one particular character reminded me of Andy Kaufman. No joke.
These episodes were both somber and comical and almost as good as my favorite episodes (4,5,6), but the more serious tone is dominating here. These episodes deal with death, getting robbed, repercussions, and a strong finish for the show. I'll freely admit that Lunch Room is at its best during the fun and silly moments - but that's not to say the serious parts are by any means bad. Within the jokes and gags is some real down to earth conversations that in one form or another, we can all relate with.
And there you have it - what more can I write? Did I like this show? Totally! Was it perfect? Perhaps not, but then again, what ever is? For a micro-budget series that, for the most part, takes place in the same room, Lunch Room is sure to raise some eyebrows. Hell, it raised mine quite a bit. This series has been one of my favorite indie, micro-budget projects to date, and I truly hope there's more to come. Would I recommend it? Yes. Yes, I would. For those unsure, let me say this. Don't come in halfway through. Start at the beginning for maximum effect. Completely worth it.
Read my review of episodes 1, 2, and 3 here.