Wednesday, October 15, 2014

‘Marry Me’ Features Too Much Banter, Too Little Plot

Ken Marino and Casey Wilson star in "Marry Me." (NBC)
For a couple of years, the ABC and a few choice critics were trying to tell us that the sitcom, Happy Endings was worth watching. It wasn’t. While witty banter will make for a good scene every now and then, a sitcom can’t survive on witty banter alone and for the most part, that is all Happy Endings was. That and loose morals. Giving the audience more than just a hint of plot is so much more with it. With that said, Casey Wilson may have been the best thing from that show. Her timing and facial expressions are spot on. It is surely those qualities is why NBC decided to pick up her latest venture, Marry Me.

David Caspe, writer for Happy Endings is back at work here with director Seth Gordon, director of The Goldbergs. Marry Me actually has a lot of potential to work, but if the pilot episode is any indication for the future, it won’t. Here’s the deal, Annie (Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino) have been dating for six years. You would think that the two would get married by this point, and so do they, sort of. The premiere begins with the couple just coming back from a two week paradise vacation and Annie was hoping that Jake would have popped the question on the trip. What she didn’t know before she goes off on her 15-minute tirade is that Jake was planning to do just that and then celebrate with friends and family who have been hiding around her apartment. This is fairly funny scene. So is the flashback on how the two met and the proposal redo that Annie springs on Jake at his office. But they are more than just a set up for more clever banter.