Master of None: Season One
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Based on the comedic viewpoints of Aziz Ansari, Master of None follows the personal and professional life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Ambitious, funny, cinematic, and both sweeping in scope and intensely personal, Dev's story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner.
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There is attention given to the issues one faces when trying to get employment. He and his friends are all before the camera, not behind it, so they run headlong into what parts are believable for Indians, Chinese, etc., He also meets some interesting show business types along the way. Some of them are impossible people and some are actually helpful and good friends.
On its face, this has the same premise as "Seinfeld," but they are not very similar apart from the premise. Seinfeld was funny because it focused on this small group of incredibly self absorbed people in New York in their 30s. The people in this show are much more focused on trying to assimilate into becoming full Americans (even though they were born here). On the way to doing so they have to cope with a family who came from elsewhere and potential mates who are (usually) white Americans.
This couldn't be timelier. It is as timely for 2016-2017 as Seinfeld was for the '90s.
Really enjoyed the show. Not exactly what I thought. Aziz Ansari, who usually comes off as acerbic and even off-putting in his comedy, is warm, tender and humorous. He's a wannabe actor, who struck some success in commercials, and he navigates through life and love.
I loved every second of the first episode except the first fifteen minutes featuring Rachel/ Noël Wells. Not her fault. Just not a good note to start. I found it awkward, and I wasn't sure where this show was going. But thank goodness, there was more. I found the pilot trying with children - ugh, but the show like an onion - more and more depth. Love, love the final five minutes - and especially the music.
I was wrong. The show had a theme, and I had miscalculated, and I'm glad to be proven wrong. Rachel/Noël Wells had a purpose. Poor Noël Wells/Rachel didn't have enough to do during that first episode. Nothing of her personality could be garnered from the first episode.
Liked Dev Shah/Aziz Ansari's friends. His best friend is played by Eric Wareheim, who towers over Aziz's Dev Shaw, and always seems to be there. But as endearing as Eric Wareheim/Arnold Baumheiser is, he needs more to do. He's not quirky enough to be funny, and not smart enough to be taken seriously. Eric Wareheim will be a standout; he just hasn't found his place. The other characters are just fine; in fact, I wish to see more of them. Aziz's real life father is a standout, but his mother is a robot. (Sorry but true.)
Looking forward to the 2nd season.
However it seems a bit hypocritical that the shows main attack is on cliquey studio heads who still have outdated notions when it comes to dealing out employment opportunities to minority actors; that Ansari chose to cast his own non actor parents in the role of his screen parents by passing the opportunity to give work to the struggling minority actors this show claims to be championing.
The show seems to be caught up in its own moralizing that it leaves some gaping credibility issues to linger on the main portrait of the story.
Ansari plays Dev a struggling actor who more often then not in season one is being cut out of moves and commercials and never seems to secure steady employment as an actor. Yet he always manages to eat at the best restaurants , drink at swanky upmarket bars and date high flying women.
He is never less the immaculately dressed or far from his Apple hardware. Not to mention he lives in a state of the art apartment with a great kitchen to make pasta with top range equipment that looks like it has just been delivered by a reputable department store.
For a show that seems to purport its down with reality it's hard to match the characters lifestyle with his position in society. But I think a lot of modern shows are like this. As the show seems to have a thoughtful and probing approach to many issues it would have made more sense to this viewer if the mismatch in lifestyle and work had been explained or expanded upon especially in these economically ravaged times when many are struggling to make a buck let alone engage in the consumer market.
I think the show despite it lofty probing aims seems stuck in a bit of a detached self satisfied middle class bubble , preaching to the converted you very seldom see modern tv shows showing the characters struggling in any sense of the world unless it in a way that is akin to a lofty European art house movie. I guess I'm saying the show has no bite it but plenty of food for thought perhaps to finely done to have any real lingering taste.
Lots of good content for a blog , a series of articles but for a full tv series what ever it is its not drama or comedy , more screen shots from a vivid modern life lived as a minority in modern America.