None of these episodes has quite lived up to the pilot, in terms of keeping all those pieces moving around — and specifically forward. Everyone is bummed out; nobody is having any FUN anywhere, except for Gunnar, obviously, who had The Sex this week. But even he managed to do it with a mopey expression. Still, it’s a very well-acted show, with smart musical choices, so if it would just please let its characters get a bit more CHEERFULLY or GLEEFULLY messy then I think we’re in business. It’s exhausting when everyone cries all the time.

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