Monday, February 01, 2021

Believe Care Invest: 30 Rock

Okay, guys, I know you’re thinking, “It’s nice that Matt’s posting every day, but damn there’s been a lot of these. When will it end?” The answer is “No time soon.” The book is due in 28 days. I’ve got a first draft done (which I won’t submit), but it just doesn’t have enough examples in it. I’m mentioning the same things over and over. I had thought about asking you guys to crowd-source some specific examples I need, but I figured that no, first I just need more examples, then I can crowd-source, possibly after the second draft has been sent in on March 1st. So you’ll get another month of BCIs, probably.

Liz Lemon is in line at a hot dog stand outside the titular building when a businessman breaks in line. She buys every hotdog so he can’t have one, then hands them out on the street. Most people who get one throw it away angrily. She then goes to work, meets with her writers, then gets called up along with her co-worker to Pete to meet their new boss Jack.

Why Liz might be hard to identify with: The first skit that we see that she wrote is making fun of a woman (played by Jenna in a fat suit) for being “overly confident and morbidly obese”! Then she’s told she’s in trouble because she said in a skit that Michael Jackson has a vagina. Her comedy hasn’t aged well!

  • Big personality: She buys every hot dog.
  • She has beliefs: You know how I hate it when people cheat or break rules?
  • Interestingly, she’s not wearing her glasses in most of the pilot, which takes away a key talisman of her character. One suspects that that was studio meddling.
  • Nobody of the tourists clap for her even when Kenneth the page asks them to.
  • Jack insults her clothes right away, then makes assumptions about her life: “New York, third wave feminist, college-educated, single and pretending to be happy about it. Overscheduled, under-sexed, you buy any magazine that says ‘healthy body image’ on the cover, and every two years you take up knitting for …a week.” Pete says, “That is dead on!”
  • He wants to apply the rules of ovens to TV. “I’m the new vice-president of East Coast television and microwave oven programming.” About his office, “sometimes you have to change things that are perfectly good just to make them your own.” She realizes this applies to her show as well.
  • She feels like the sky is falling, and then drywall falls on her head.
  • Outsmarts the businessman who broke in line.
  • Holds her own with Jack. He says, “I like you. You have the boldness of a much younger woman.”
Strength / Flaw: Strident / off-putting


LMNtrees said...

Keep 'em coming, they are great!

LMNtrees said...

Also, please do Schitt's Creek...