MARRY ME: 1.01 “The Pilot”
There weren’t many shows I was really interested in seeing going into this new fall season. One was Gotham, which has piqued my interest and kept me coming back for more. Another was A to Z, mainly because of the cast; that one’s doing alright in my book but needs to grow into itself.
The last was Marry Me, solely because of who was in it and who created it. Ken Marino was great in Party Down, and both Casey Wilson and her off-screen hubby David Caspe won me over with Happy Endings (Wilson acted, Caspe created — just like they do in Marry Me). I didn’t know much more about the series, other than that it was about a recently engaged couple, and I suppose that after the pilot, we don’t know much more than that now either.
That being said, I enjoyed not knowing. The episode certainly had its ups and downs. Marino’s Jake was pushed very early on into a supporting role to Wilson’s antics as Annie. While I still expect Marino to hold the title of “straight man” to Wilson’s humor, I do think he is going to grow so that this engagement — and show — becomes a 50/50 partnership.
There’s also a little work to be done elsewhere. A few of the jokes were predictable (of course, Annie’s proposal would have some devastating ending, and of course Annie and Jake ended up at the same place afterward), and the characters were oddly introduced before we actually saw them. As someone new to the series, I didn’t hang on to every word of Annie’s rant, so while I got that she insulted all her friends and family, I was playing a little catchup to remember what she said about whom.
But, it’s clear that Jake and Annie have chemistry, and that’s going to be keeping me coming back. Marino and Wilson do a great job playing off each other when they can be their fast-talking, reactive selves (think of their off-shoots of conversation during the last, real proposal). And without some complicated reason for the show’s being (think A to Z‘s “story” of Andrew and Zelda or the horrible narration in Manhattan Love Story), it doesn’t have any issues with becoming another likable comedy that can define itself into whatever role it wants.
So I’m saying “yes” to Marry Me — at least tentatively. If it took three proposals to get Jake and Annie right, I think I should at least give it that many tries too for a solid commitment.
*Photo by NBC/Greg Gaynes