I have to say, I've read a lot on this forum about 30 Rock 'turning into a cartoon' which I've always found odd, because I haven't seen it anywhere else...and I don't really agree with it. The show has always been mostly a gagfest with some nice character moments sprinkled along the way. It's been that way since at least Tracy Does Conan. I don't see how the wacky newer episodes are any more 'cartoony' than say...Black Tie, or Carrie Fisher screaming Star Wars quotes at Liz Lemon as she runs out of her apartment, or Liz flipping over a table because someone took her mac and cheese. If anything I feel Season 5 has been a little more character-driven than the past few years, with episodes like Reaganing, Mrs. Donaghy and It's Never Too Late For Now that really delve into these characters (especially Liz and Jack) and analyze them.
As far as this episode, it was maybe among the weaker of the Season 5 outputs, but this has been such a strong season and it was coming off of an incredible episode so it didn't really matter. It was definitely among the darkest 30 Rocks ever plot-wise, but even still it managed to feel light and silly. Liz's plotline was the best. I didn't get that they're writing Avery out for good - I hope not, anyway, because that'd be a gimmicky way to go about it. I had reservations about Avery at first but she didn't effect the balance of the show at all like I thought she might, so I didn't mind her (or the baby) really.
AMEN!!! I hated this whole baby storyline from the start. I was so disappointed that the writers felt they had to take that route. For me, a baby, especially an unplanned one, is a jump the shark moment. It's so soap opera. So in this day and age, we are expected to believe that two characters who are supposed to be so highly intelligent, never quite figured out the whole contraception thing? Why couldn't they have just left Jack and Avery to continue their affair and let it fizzle out? Just by what I know of these two characters, I think a baby would not be something they would even consider. Then again, they have done it before in so many shows with likewise characters that you could never, ever imagine with a kid.
It's clear they wanted to develop Jack and get him to soften up and settle down. The entire Jack sub-plot since the middle of Season 4 has been that he's no longer the tough GE 'shark' he used to be and is changing into, well, a more normal human being - along with now being in Kabletown (a family-orientated business), he has a child and a wife - hence his progression from the no nonsense, feelings less Jack we were presented with at the start of the show. I thought they made this whole plot pretty clear in the 100th episode.
As far as Libby - I thought she'd be a buzzkill, but she's hardly effected anything at all, certainly not enough to call her a jump the shark moment. Tonight's season finale was the first time we ever even got a full face shot of her.
Edited by NotRArch, May 5, 2011 @ 9:57 PM.