5 Things The Mindy Project Needs To Change For A Successful Season 2
September 17th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
1. Stop Trying to Force Unlikeable, Unfunny Side Characters On Us
Is anybody a fan of Jeremy Reed, the English doctor with the womanizing problem? How about Betsy, the secretary with sad-sack tendencies or Beverly, the kooky nurse? Does anybody get excited when they see the DeLaurier midwife brothers in yet another antagonizing scene? These are all painfully unfunny, shallow characters that feel like they belong in a cartoon. The show wouldn’t lose anything if they all got on the same bus out of New York City, never to be heard from again.
2. Focus on the Essentials
The show can’t be about Mindy’s dating life, her friends, and her office life without pulling focus and becoming a complete mess. The episodes that try to deal with more than one of these elements per episode are a disaster. Even though it’s nice to see female friendships on TV, Mindy’s friends are so underdeveloped and unnecessary that any episode which features them is a drag. I love Anna Camp, but her character, Gwen, was not funny, not interesting, and basically only there as a sounding board for Mindy’s complaining. And just when they got smart and cut the character, they added two more pointless friends. Either get rid of the friends all together or find a way to actually integrate them into the story at large.
3. More Female Characters
I know this seems contradictory to the last point, but The Mindy Project doesn’t need to be a boys club. Although Mindy’s friends are an anchor to every episode they’re in, they are often the only female characters besides Mindy to get screen time. All of the side characters that actually have a purpose within the show have been men, mostly those dating Mindy. A lot of the gender-specific casting comes from Mindy Kaling and her boy’s club mentality. It wouldn’t hurt the show to have another female doctor or to mold one of the underused women into a viable character.
4. Fix the Danny and Mindy Relationship
Every sitcom these days is desperate for a will –they-or-won’t-they relationship between two antagonizing friends. Sometimes they’re compelling to watch, like with New Girl’s Jess and Nick. However, Danny and Mindy do not fall into that category. The two doctors started out the series talking to each other as if they were worst enemies. Danny made weight jokes, while Mindy poked fun at his painful divorce.
Eventually, the two started to act like friends and overall decent people. Danny clearly started to grow romantic feelings for Mindy, but it hasn’t been mutual. She treats him as nothing more than a minor annoyance. First of all, why does he like her? She treats him like dirt and is completely self-involved. Second, if we’re meant to root for this pairing, Mindy needs to show at least the faint bit of interest in him.
5. Make Mindy More Likeable
Self-involved protagonists are the norm these days. But in Mindy’s case it doesn’t seem like she cares about any other person in the world. Even her friends are after thoughts. She doesn’t care about her many boyfriends’ feelings. Every other person in the show’s world exists to make her feel better about herself and it’s just not fun to watch. Mindy doesn’t have to turn into a saint (that would be even worse) but just showing that she’s not a monster every few episodes or so would be a vast improvement.
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