NBC’s Camp – Episode 1 – Pilot

I started writing this as a Facebook update, but I got wordy. So I decided to move it over here!

So I’m watching that new NBC show, Camp. It’s okay, but I just can’t bring myself to get invested like I want to with summer shows. It’s almost like it’s trying so hard to be something it’s not. A sort of, kind of throw back (hello does anyone actually go to “family camps” any more?) but modern at the same time (“They don’t even have internet!”) It’s interesting in that it’s not a typical “teens being counselors to cute kids and learning something about themselves while having sexy time.” All age groups means lots of different drama, and such to tell about.

There’s something vaguely seedy about the adults’ storylines being surrounded by the kids though. Is real life like this? Are divorced moms really getting mad at their teen sons, pushing them in a lake and then going and getting super drunk and hooking up with a guy she hates in his car? (Now that I type that…) If this is the adults, what are the teens going to get up to? Also, why are all the teens so dang pretty? Even the “nerdy” ones are very pretty, or cute in a nerd way. It is also telling that even the ones I’m supposed to root for I only marginally liked, until they got high, then they were pretty funny impersonating the owners’ ex’s new Russian (and much younger) girlfriend. (“When did she become French?”)

I’m also kind of over this whole, my life is falling apart so I’m gonna screw someone inappropriate thing, as well as the nerdy teens vs. the muscle-necked jocks (Or as the camp owner says, “big dumb frat boys”.) Clichés abound! I am drowning in them, and I have lost my eyeballs because they rolled out of my head. (Unfortunately they aren’t glass. I can’t even believe that’s a thing that made it into the episode! A throw-away bit about a dude’s glass eye?) Maybe the second episode will be better because it won’t be so much of having to get to know everyone’s back-stories (especially since I won’t remember half of them.)

My favorite part, the best people, hello let’s have more of them please, is the lovely interracial gay couple and their adorable (and defensive) interracial family! From the moment I saw them contemplating exactly how many $40 bottles of gin they NEED to make it through family camp I knew I’d found kindred spirits. Not because I drink gin, or much of anything, but because I knew they’d be deliciously snarky and lovely throughout.

The other thing I kind of love in an ironic way is that this show, set at an all American, Dirty Dancing-esque, Family Summer Camp, is filmed in NEW ZEALAND. With AUSTRALIAN actors.

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