Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Do not trust the B--- in Apartment 23

I wonder how many of you have actually heard of this show. I don't remember seeing it advertised anywhere. So what made me want to see it? The title obviously. It's probably a tad too long, but it sure did the trick. It got me curious.

I watched the first episode a couple of days ago and became intrigued. It has started off on a high note, I must say. It's a quirky, slightly dark and genuinely funny. Let's just hope it maintains itself. The show stars Krysten Ritter as the lead who plays Chloe.

A genuine con artist whom you would have thought was a perfect bitch in the beginning, but slowly takes a turn in personality and becomes likable instead. Chloe's been renting out a room in her apartment to gullible young girls and scamming them off their money. However, it looks like she may have met her match with June, played by Dreama Walker, who has appeared in Gossip Girl and The Good Wife amongst other shows.

Krysten Ritter does well as the dark, cynical and broody yet slightly clairvoyant Chloe. I've only seen Ritter in two other shows prior to this. Till Death, where she played the daughter of the married couple in that series.

And most recently of course, Breaking Bad, where she OD'd and her character died. Nevertheless she portrayed a stellar performance and it's no surprise that she carries on the role of Chloe exceptionally well. 

Anyway, getting back to the show, meet June who has just moved to the big city thinking she has finally made it in life. She has the perfect job on Wall Street and the perfect fiancé she plans to marry once she settles in. However things take a turn for the worst when she's played out at work and left with no job at all and to make things worst, her fiancé Steve has actually been cheating on her. With no place to go and no work to be at, June ends up at Chloe's apartment and immediately takes the room.

After being duped by Chloe however, June decides to pay revenge and soon gains the respect from Chloe and the two form a weird unlikely friendship instead.

The show doesn't just revolve around Chloe and June of course. To add on to their already cluttered lifestyle, we meet their perv of a neighbour Ely played by Michael Blaiklock, whose so far only seen through the window from the apartment behind them. He's caught whacking off while introducing himself to June, leaving her in disgust.

There's also Mark played by Eric André, who would have been June's mentor had she not been fired from her office job. Mark who was also played out over some work scam now works as a manager in a coffee house uniquely named 'Beans.' June also accepts a job at the coffee house and is later seen forming a friendship with Mark. For some reason though, I see sparks flying between them, but it is way too early in the show to tell if anything might happen between these two.

And then there's the crazy Asian chick who lives opposite June and Chloe. Meet Robin, who also used to be Chloe's former roommate and got cheated out of some items and some cash too. She is though somewhat obsessed with Chloe despite all that and is in love with her. Played Liza Lapira who has been seen in shows such as Dexter, NCIS and Dollhouse, she brings a sweet yet odd charm into the show. She's a pretty good actress and is quite a hoot.

To complete the neurotic cast in this new series, is James Ven Der Beek, who acts as himself, but portrays a fictional character of himself. A little confusing, yeah ... but it works. He and Chloe used to date, and he's apparently now her 'Gay BFF who's not really gay,' whatever that means.

Do not trust the B--- in Apartment 23 has only aired two episodes so far. I'll definitely give this a chance and carry on watching more of it in the coming future. Hopefully it doesn't get pulled out of the airways so soon, like 100 questions, which I thought was somewhat entertaining, but got canceled just after 7 episodes. If you like comedies and you're like me, a fan of short 20 - 30 mins of entertainment that requires minimum thinking, this will definitely be your cup of tea. Give it a go and if you don't like it, you know you can quit at anytime...it's not like you're giving up cigarettes...really.



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