Directed by: Martin Ponferrada, Brad Free, Mark Nunnari
Written by: Various
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Lunch Room EP: 7-9
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.
Halloween! My favorite time of the year, and apparently, for the crew of Oz Superstore, the spooky time of year is loved by them as well. Hell, there's even a franchise-wide competition for best costumes... only, things don't quite go as planned. Let's just say that the lunchroom plays a huge role in what happens, and the boss isn't happy.
These episodes start with a comedic bang but quickly shifts gears towards the more thoughtful and dramatic. These episodes also include an oddball that is in color and takes place during lockdown, using a break-in as the stepping stone of the episode.
Truth be told, I wasn't a big fan of this episode at all. I get it. But I could have just used my phone for a few minutes for the same effect. As they say, however, the show must go on - and as it did, it continued to stray from the tried and true format with an episode that felt more open and serious but didn't feel quite right to me.
I know the pandemic has played a huge role in how things are being done lately, including production numbers, but I just feel a slight break may have better served these episodes. All in all, not bad. Yet I did find myself wondering how long I would have watched the show if these three episodes were my introduction to the series. As it stands, because I have been getting more and more familiar, I was much more forgiving.
Read my review for episodes 10, 11, and 12 here.