Last Man Standing
Posted Oct 10, 2011 @ 4:19 PM
I have a feeling it's not going to last as long as Home Improvement did, especially since Nancy Travis plays his wife and her track record isn't that great.
Posted Oct 10, 2011 @ 8:43 PM
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 7:31 PM
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 7:48 PM
Tim Allen as a pigheaded guy who questions everything that isn't his ideal of macho? Bleh.
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 8:00 PM
I think Tim Allen performed well, it's everybody else that lets him down. His chemistry with Nancy Travis was pretty dismal. Just based on the first two episodes I wouldn't miss her if she disappeared. Same goes for the oldest daughter.
My favorite of the daughters was Mandy, the middle one, which surprised me. Normally I can't stand the spoiled princess cliche, but I thought she and Tim played off each other well. There also seems to be the most potential for character growth with her. That is, if the show ever gets to that point.
I'll probably give it a couple of more weeks and see if the show is able to find its stride.
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 8:08 PM
What's wrong with Tim Allen's face? It almost looks as if his mouth is frozen. One too many botox injections?
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 8:09 PM
The girls were pretty good, and of course Tim Allen. Nancy Travis is just blah. I don't know what it is about her, but I just can't get invested into any character she plays. I want to like her, though. I'm not sure about Kyle, his schtick will probably get old.
Since I have nothing else to watch Tuesday nights, I guess I'm sticking with it.
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 8:18 PM
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 8:21 PM
I agree though, the show could lose Nancy Travis and I think it could still work.
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 8:28 PM
My reaction to the cast was the opposite of TwoBitUsherette; I liked the whole cast EXCEPT Mandy, who I disliked strongly in the first half hour and was ambivalent toward in the second half hour.
Of the three kids, my favorite was the oldest daughter. First, because she's a young single mother that's actually shown putting her child first and behaving responsibly. That's more the rule than the exception in my experience, but you hardly ever see it on TV. Second, because you get the impression that getting knocked up at prom and then being abandoned by the baby's father made her grow up fast. She's still living with mom and dad, but she's not bitching about working a full-time job at 18 or 19 or acting like she's got it all figured out. She knows she doesn't have it all figured out, and there's a bit of humility there that's refreshing in a sitcom child. And both her and Tim Allen have great chemistry with the little boy who plays her son. Third, while the experience has humbled her, it hasn't crushed her. The show also avoids the trope of the pregnant teen who's life is over and who should just throw in the towel know. It is what it is, and she's dealing with it. She not depressed or miserable. She's coping.
The youngest daughter's fine for what she is -- the tomboy who's essentially Mike's ally in the household.
I'm not a big Nancy Travis fan, but this is far and away her best sitcom mom role. In addition to having a healthy appetite for booze in all its forms, she's allowed to be funny and screw up more or less as much as Mike. In the second half-hour, I really liked the way Mike's screw up with the pizza delivery job for Mandy paralleled with his wife (Vanessa?)'s screw up with the overzealous baby proofing. Her desperately trying to unwedge the toilet and then the camera pan to the training potty was the best visual gag I've seen on a multi-camera show in a long, long time.
So yeah, I'm overthinking this basic, traditional sitcom. But a lot more thought went into it than I was expecting, and the cast of characters really worked for me in a surprising way.
Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 9:02 PM
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Posted Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:53 PM
I also like Hector Elizondo in almost everything, so he was a welcome addition here. The goofy guy was okay, but he looked a lot different from episode 1 to episode 2. So much that I questioned if it was the same guy at first.
Posted Oct 12, 2011 @ 9:08 AM
The goofy guy was okay, but he looked a lot different from episode 1 to episode 2. So much that I questioned if it was the same guy at first.
We did too. It is amazing what facial hair can do.
ETA:Put too much in the quote
Edited by metalgirl, Oct 12, 2011 @ 9:10 AM.
Posted Oct 12, 2011 @ 10:19 AM
Posted Oct 13, 2011 @ 8:05 AM
It was ok, but 20 years ago on Home Improvement this was funny, not so much now. And changing it from boys to girls doesn't really do too much.
Edited by Sakura12, Oct 13, 2011 @ 11:14 AM.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:36 AM
The only thing that will get old with me is the way the use Kyle, I don't like "stupid" comedy (I actually hate the 3 Stooges, and some of the I Love Lucy episodes).
I will watch this show since I dropped Glee during last season.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:55 AM
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Posted Oct 13, 2011 @ 8:44 PM
LurkerNoMore, What a great idea!
You know what they should have done instead of this? "Home Improvement, 2011" or a more clever title, but with the entire Home Improvement cast reunited, and with the boys now grown, but with wives, girlfriends, kids, etc. That would have been cute and funny. I think this show has some potential, and I'm normally a sucker for a good old-fashioned sitcom, but if something better comes along, I'll be dropping this quickly unless it improves.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 @ 8:55 PM
I was surprised that none of the writers/producers/directors had worked on it, as I saw so many parallels (not just Kyle).
Posted Oct 17, 2011 @ 1:57 AM
I'm just extremely confused by one thing: why on earth are they driving cars from the 1950's??? This is set in the Internet age, definitely after the year 2000, how on earth are both their own car and Kyle's van total clunkers from 70 years ago? With no seat belts? I can buy that this family owns such a vintage item,perhaps, but why Kyle too? I'm missing something.
Posted Oct 17, 2011 @ 10:31 AM
To match the attitudes of the lead character...
I'm just extremely confused by one thing: why on earth are they driving cars from the 1950's???
Posted Oct 17, 2011 @ 5:33 PM
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:20 PM
I beg to differ. I give you Cousin Oliver (Brady Bunch), the cute wisecracking kid with the pageboy hair (Partridge family), the unnecessary "surprise" fourth sibling (Growing Pains, Family Ties), the oh-no-the-main-kids-are-all-grown-up-and-we-need-a-smartypants-foil-for-Heathcliff-Huxtable (Cosby Show). Not to mention the non-sitcom child additions to The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie when the main kids grew up. I'm sure there are many more on shows I didn't watch.
You can't go wrong adding a baby and some cute kids to a family sitcom.
That's pretty much what this is. Tim Allen has a grandson in the house.
I came up with another idea for "Home Improvement, 2011" ... Tim Allen is the caregiver/babysitter for one or more of his grandkids!
I found it okay, funny in parts, relatable at times. I think it will have legs, depending what it's up against.
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:37 PM
Can someone explain to me why feathers are considered trendy?
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 9:12 PM
the unnecessary "surprise" fourth sibling (Growing Pains, Family Ties),
And Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:14 PM
If you are asking why they bothered to put feathers in their hair, lots of singers and celebs have been putting feather clips in their hair lately. They are called feather extensions. if you mean "who the heck cares about feathers?", I've tried to figure that one out, too. I already know I won't be doing the feather thing.
Can someone explain to me why feathers are considered trendy?
I did enjoy the part where Tim's character is busted for using the lavender shampoo. ITA about the "this is Home Improvement 2011" post. This show makes me miss Home Improvement. It's like watching Tim Taylor but his family is missing which makes me sad.
Nancy was better in this last episode but that's not saying a whole lot. I'm going to watch for several more weeks to see where it goes. I hope it gets better.
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:19 PM
Also, didn't the more talented Paul Reiser teach him anything earlier in the year?? No, Tim... You can't go home (improvement) again. And somebody besides his family and agent should've pulled him to the side and told him so.
When Seinfeld and Sex and the City left, most said, "No! Not yet!" But when Home Improvement left, most said, "Wait -- wasn't that cancelled 3 years ago?"
Edited by balevinson, Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:27 PM.