Review - 1600 Penn 01.02 "The Skiplantic Ocean"

1600 Penn Season 1, Episode 2 "The Skiplantic Ocean"

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I really want to like this show, but I do not think I am going to. We dive right in to Becca's pregnancy, as she begrudgingly tells her father, President Dale Gilchrist, that she has a bun in the oven before he learns from a news outlet (such as TV Rage!). 

The obnoxious Skip, in trying to save his sister from the barrage of messages she is receiving, tosses her phone in the pool. President Gilchrist learns that his military leaders are keeping things from him, as he tries to deal with Becca's actions. Stepmom and First Lady Emily takes the younger two children away from the White House, in an effort to distract them and keep them away from learning Becca's news.

Skip enjoys keeping the White House pool at 90 degrees, so it is hot "like a bra." We learn that President Gilchrist does not respond very well to bad news - "it's kind of a shoot the messenger situation, sir." The president, who has a son who graduated college and a daughter who was in college, somehow does not know how to talk to his kids in a basic manner when he is upset.

Then things get creepy. Skip asks Becca how it happened - her getting pregnant, that is. Brothers and sisters should never go down that road. Emily comes out to break up the discussion, but Becca pushes her aside and tells her to let her enjoy her time in the "Skiplantic Ocean."

We see Skip showing off his amazing PR skills, as he ruins Becca's life. The family, minus the president, converges and they learn the news of their new addition. As the family is hugging, the president rolls in and hears a report that calls Becca the "First Slut." Then the president goes in front of the press and actually handles himself really well. Bill Pullman is a great president - let us hope the material catches up to him.

One of the issues that is hurting my enjoyment of this series is that no one seems to be a real person. They are all caricatures of aspects of their personality, with the volume turned way. This is a show that I really believe would be better served by being done in a style similar to 'The Office' or 'Parks and Recreation.' 

I am going to give this show a few more episodes, but it is not looking good. Which is a shame, as I really hoped I would love this series.


- 1600 Penn

Written by: Hamatosan
Jan 10th, 2013, 7:58 pm

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