has style, but it also has substance. Despite a title that seems an
affront to the eponymous character and the occasional silliness of
an over-the-top musical number, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend digs deeply
into the myriad of ways in which happiness both evades us and
presents itself to us. For Rebecca Bloom, happiness only appears
in the form of a fantasized relationship with Josh, an objective that
consumes all of her time and energy. Despite her inability to
recognize this, it is apparent that opportunities for genuine
happiness are all around her; they appear in the form of a
meaningful friendship with Paula, success at her law firm, and an
ability to address and overcome deep emotional wounds inflicted
by her mother (Tovah Feldsuh). Her obliviousness to the ability
that rests within herself to lead a happy life is what prevents her
from doing so, and the show masterfully explores this dilemma in
a way that is both smart and invites easy identification from
viewers. If happiness is understood as “a condition that must be
prepared for, cultivated and defended privately by each person,” it
would seem as though Rebecca has quite a long journey ahead of
her (Csikszentmihali). Perhaps the show’s second season will allow
her character to continue evolving in a way that might eventually
encourage her to reevaluate her ability to find happiness without
necessitating that it appear in the form of Josh. Until then, I’ll
continue to root for her and to sing along. As noted above, the
show has style, but does it have legs? Used in the showbiz tradition
to connote longevity, only time will tell whether the series
continues to be as successful, engaging, and meaningful as its
significant first season.
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