Oh, what can I say about 30 Rock season 4 that I haven’t already said about the previous seasons? Turns out, not much. Maybe I just came down with a severe case of writer’s block, but jeez Louise, I don’t know if I can say much new about this show.
Season 4 of 30 Rock picks up where the third left off. However, this time around, the cast of TGS is looking for a new cast member to fill a vacancy. Tina Fey stars as Liz Lemon, creator and writer of an SNL-esque show, who has to report to her super-corporate boss, Jack (Alex Baldwin). Enter a cast of zany characters who are allowed to be loopy since they are all actors and writers, and you have yourself a fairly solid sitcom.
Perhaps what makes this show work consistently well is the cast. I realize that “Jack” and “Liz” are the stars of the show, but the supporting ensemble steals the limelight every time. Because it is high-profile (and critically acclaimed), 30 Rock is able to book awesome guest stars. I became a fan of Elizabeth Banks in her role as Avery, Jack’s girlfriend, after watching this season. One of the things I love about 30 Rock is just seeing who will pop up in an episode. Think of it as celebrity roulette.
Solid though it may be, I felt that season 4 was a little more inconsistent than the previous ones. Sure, there were some laugh-out-loud moments for me (which is surprisingly difficult to accomplish); but the episodes that fell flat, fell way flat. Perhaps I am just bitter because 30 Rock has lasted 5 seasons so far, while a similarly-themed yet far better show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, only lasted one. I guess I can hold a grudge for a while. Boo, me.
I also realize that sitcoms are not necessarily made to be watched one right after the other for (at times) a few hours on end (OK, so I was bored one day and the cat was sleeping on my lap). The pacing of these shows, I’ve noticed seems to work best when there is a break between episodes. It gives me time to overcome the immunity to comedy I build up if I watch too much of it at once. Live and learn, I suppose.
While it may sound that I am being particularly harsh on season 4 of 30 Rock, I don’t dislike the show. I swear. I still enjoyed watching it. I even catch episodes of season 5 as they air. However, I kind of have the feeling that the best of 30 Rock is behind me. Oh well. They could always do a water skiing episode where the Kenneth has to jump a shark. Man, I am just cutting myself off after that last sentence. C’est fini.
As always, thank you for reading and have a fantastic day!
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