Directed by: Martin Ponferrada, Brad Free, Mark Nunnari
Written by: Various
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Lunch Room EP: 4-6
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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.
Continuing on with the shenanigans at Oz Supermart, these episodes allow viewers to get to know the comings and goings of the store a little more. These episodes continue to be funny but also start to showcase that Lunch Room is more than just a chuckle or giggle.
Addressing breakdowns and the seemingly infuriating time it takes to get things fixed, viewers are treated to some comical segments - as expected. However, everything is not all laughs in these three episodes. One of my favorite scenes involving a promotion left me literally laughing by the end. There was something instantly funny about watching one employee being asked to switch tables (in a hilarious way) and then watching it all take place. I don't know why, but I was reminded of the DMV Sloth from the movie Zootopia during this scene. This was probably one of my favorite episodes from the entire series.
There is a little bit of everything in these three episodes, and the overall acting from the cast felt spot on. It was at this point I knew I was hooked and actually regretted having to stop the series for the evening. The following day I was ready to continue my journey.
Read my review for episodes 7, 8, and 9 here.