MANHATTAN LOVE STORY: 1.01 “The Pilot”
There is a reason that thoughts remain unheard. Because if people heard everything you thought, you’d come across as a huge douchebag.
Just as the people in Manhattan Love Story did.
It’s funny. From what I can tell, this show is filled with people that are supposed to be imminently likable: cute, quirky, attractive, fun — you name it. And maybe you could argue that in the very least, some of them are “attractive” (after all, Analeigh Tipton, who plays Dana, made it on as a contestant in America’s Next Top Model). However, once you spill open their heads and discover that Peter is nothing but a jerky sleezebag looking at women for only sex and Dana is rude, whiny, and unfunny, somehow, they don’t come across as appealing.
Which is funny. Considering that in the half hour prior to this series, Selfie made the world’s most self-absorbed woman — who doesn’t even know how to ask someone, “How are you” — actually a sympathetic character. But that’s another post.
Instead of finding myself invested in these characters, I came out of the series much like Dana did out of her date: ultimately disgusted. Just remove the tears. (I only cry knowing that I’ll never get that half hour back again…and I could’ve spent that time writing my review of Gotham.)
If I were to guess, I think the major flaw in this series was allowing us to hear the thoughts of more than one person. I understand it may be funny to hear the differences between a man’s thoughts (which apparently is only about himself or sex) and a woman’s (which apparently is only insecurity and sarcastic reactions), but the way it’s perceived, funny it is not. The show should have taken a note from Scrubs, the way they focused in on one character’s quirkiness to make the thoughts and narration interesting, amusing, and whacky.
Instead, we get this. I suppose they tried to land on “cute” in the end, as Peter decides to take Dana on a date to conquer her bucket list, but that just feels like another sitcom device. Is this the way the series goes? Every episode, the two goes through another thing on her bucket list until one day Peter has an item of his own: “Marry me, Dana!”? Sigh. If that’s where they’re headed, it’s boring and predictable.
Alongside Peter and Dana were an assortment of side characters, who I can’t tell you any of their names — or frankly, their relationships to each other (I think some were siblings…right?)
Disclaimer: I was about to tell you that the only memorable person I found on the whole series — only to remind myself that, actually, that was Selfie. Whoops.
I rarely hope a show will be the first to get cancelled, but just watching this show — knowing that it actually made the cut when other probably better-quality series didn’t get picked up — was making me angry. This show was so terrible that the only thing I have to say in its favor is that, hey, at least I watched it once. That’s more than I can say about some other pilots out there.