Back With a Bang With a New Season
Will & Grace was originally on air from 1998 to 2006 on NBC. The ninth season of the show premiered on NBC at 9. It wouldn’t seem familiar to you if you somehow managed to miss the promotional train. This is because the first episode of the season revolves around Donald Trump. Grace gets hired to redecorate the Oval Office for the new president. This job was recommended to her by a Trump supporter and Melania’s friend. Meanwhile, Will set out to Washington D.C. to meet with an anti-EPA Republican Senator. This senator was a total babe, of course. Jack decides to come along with Will for an Amtrak ride. Also, to hit on an old friend who works in Secret Services.
What Worked, What Didn’t
It was not shocking at all to see that Will & Grace would take a step further and add political material to their show. Considering that is what got us here in the first place. The basic purpose behind bringing back the comedy that has a gay man and his hetero best girlfriend along with their amazing closest pals came out of a short “get out the vote” video. This video was made by Will & Grace during last year’s elections. Now, exactly after a year, It is back on the TV and Donald Trump is in the White House. And a cherry on top, Grace Adler keeps putting the term “fake news” out there.
There was a thing which seems a bit off about the 1st episode of the season which was conveniently called “Eleven Years Later”.
It is the fact that dialogues are molded into an unnatural pattern to adjust to today’s political situation. Will & Grace was definitely ahead of its times by depicting lives of gay characters. But this show was never political. Though, there were times when it supported stereotypical and aback gay jokes at the expense of Karen’s housekeeper Rosario. We understand the current commander-in-chief must be on the character’s mind. But to see Karen holding a curtain swatch in the Oval office and Grace pairing it with a Cheeto was a little weird.
The thing which remains the same is the comic chemistry between the four leads of the show. It feels like they haven’t missed a beat in their years away from each other’s orbit. We were glad to see episode 2 and 3 bringing back the show to the norm. Which includes dating issues, whining about work and a very fast paced comedy which worked like a charm on the audiences.
What we loved
We love an extended scene in episode 2 which involves Karen and Grace along with a malfunctioning voice-activated shower. in this scene, the two women argue over the fact that whether or not Karen who was sounding like an angry doll on helium should get a raise as she floats in a steady filling which is like a human fishbowl. It is the kind of comedy we love and expect from the classic Will & Grace
There is no doubt that Will and Grace is a very cleverly written show by James Burrows, who has also been the director of the show since the beginning. The new touch given to the classic Will & Grace is very fascinating. The trump talk is to ensure that the show is happening in 2017. But it also takes you back to early 2000s. Because the stars are the same and the humor is also the same. The twinkly piano space hasn’t changed either.
It highlights the point in the first episode that everything that happened in what seemed as the finale of the season never really occurred. They didn’t end up with different partners but they are divorced now. They also didn’t have kids who would end up in the same college. This was all that the finale from 2006 implied.
After quickly explaining all of this, Karen ironically says “That tracks.”
We don’t think it tracks at all. As if it was any other season who suddenly defied its finale, would have been considered ridiculous. But with Will & Grace, it doesn’t matter. The fact is that this Rom-com has nothing to do with what is going on in the lives of gay and straight New Yorkers. It has been about passing days in this ridiculous corner of Manhattan. Along with these silly gay and straight people. They might not need to add Trump jokes into their conversations, they just have to be our sweet escape from reality. We are more than happy to have them back.