After two episodes of Mr. Sunshine, I’m not exactly sure what to expect from the show. The pilot focuses on Ben wanting to be a better person after Alice says she wants to be with Alonzo, and has a flimsy plot. The development for Ben is random, especially since we don’t see him being too mean before his change.
“Employee of the Year,” however, ignores Alice or his goal of becoming a better person so he can be with her. Rather, it focuses on Ben the employee, the one sane person among many crazies. Instead of dwelling on Ben’s supposed character development, we see him operate as the straight man, running around the place to save the concert while everyone else dwells on becoming employee of the year.
Similarly, I like the use of Alice and Alonzo as two wacky characters instead of romantic partner and romantic rival, respectively. They’re not stupid like Roman, but they don’t exactly care about doing their jobs either, so it was fun seeing them compete against each other.
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