Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season Three
By Emma McCormick
While the premise of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is based upon the idea that Rebecca Bunch is obsessive and, well, crazy, I was afraid that the show might be deviating from its original genius. Season two’s songs were not as strong as the first season’s viral “Sexy Getting Ready Song” and Paula’s hysterical ballad “Face Your Fears.” I was also concerned that Rebecca would actually end up with Josh Chan, a character who is almost too stupid to watch. However, Rachel Bloom, the writer and star, clearly heard my call because any misgivings I had about the music or plot vanished after watching the first three episodes of Season three.
For those of you who are not familiar with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it is a completely average TV show about Rebecca Bunch, a slightly-psychotic New York lawyer who graduated from Harvard and Yale. The plot begins when she runs into her ex-boyfriend, Josh (whom she dated when she was 16-years-old), in the midst of a full-on mental breakdown. Taking this as a sign, she quits her job and moves to West Covina, California to chase her recently realized dream of winning Josh back. Oh, yeah, and there are at least two musical numbers each episode in styles ranging from Broadway to Beyonce.
If you can’t tell what I am getting at, this show is not average, and if you’ve yet to watch it, I recommend you stop reading this and get on Netflix. But that is not the point of this article.
Let’s circle back to season three: within the first thirty seconds of episode one, it’s evident that Crazy Ex’s budget received a major facelift. The first number, “Where’s Rebecca Bunch?” is equipped with a set reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast while “Let’s Generalize About Men” could pass as Cyndi Lauper’s updated version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Even wilder is the new theme song, “You Do/Don’t Want To Be Crazy,” which is basically every Taylor Swift music video condensed into a thirty second period.
In another world, if possible, “Strip Away My Conscience” would win every award at the Grammy’s. If you are going to take one thing from this article, it would be that you should watch this number on Youtube (and if you are like me, you’ll watch it nine times tonight and then tomorrow on your run).
Aside from the incredible production value of these new numbers, I am seriously digging the “new Rebbeca.” While her black-villainess-hair is cool and all, it’s her newfound psychosis which I find particularly intriguing. In previous seasons, she committed acts of insanity without much reflection. For me, this made her character a little too unbelievable.
Finally it seems that Rebecca is facing the psychological implications of her actions, including literal hallucinations and a seizure-like episode in which she reveals all her previous antics to Josh. The writers are evidently pushing the meaning of “crazy” as they allude to her time in a mental institution. If the writers see this theme of mental health through, it will richen the plot as well as humanize Rebecca whose actions seem to be spiraling out of control. Again.
As for the other characters, I am dying for the plot to place a greater focus on Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) who has taken a backseat in the first three episodes. I am also curious to see how Nathaniel Plimpton III’s “melting of the iceberg called [his] heart” will pan out. Will Rebecca fall for him? Or would that be too simple?
All I know is that I’m praying to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend writing room gods that things just keep getting crazier.