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“Dummy” ends its first season leaving you to wonder, is there more to it than it appears, or is it just a simple sex comedy and nothing more?
|Directed By||Tricia Brock|
|Written By||Cody Heller|
|Aired (Quibi)||4/28 – 4/29/2020|
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In the end, what seems to be the issue is Dan. Cody’s insecurities, her inability to write, is pretty much all due to what Barbara has poked and prodded at. The idea Cody isn’t good enough, will soon lose her youth, can’t compare to Dan, and even when she is actually doing something, guess whose name is brought up? Guess who, after Barbara redirects Cody from possibly settling into a life as Mrs. Harmon, and gets the opportunity to pitch something similar to “Dummy,” whose name is brought up? Dan’s.
Leaving you to wonder, in a show which takes names and a lot from reality, how much of the jokes and awkward moments were wrapped up in the truth?
It Pushes You To Wonder If This Is A Cathartic Release
As a whole, but with especially these two last episodes, it seems this whole project was about venting the struggles which come with loving Dan Harmon but wanting to be your own person. Hence Barbara, a sex doll, for as much as she spews this self-serving idea of feminism, at the heart of it, she represents Cody’s fears. That she is but the new model, the shining young thing that Dan likes, for now, may show loyalty to as she ages, but may not be the most passionate about. Instead, she’ll be in a proverbial closet, taken out when he is feeling alone and wants some sort of connection, but not for much more.
Though, who knows, maybe it isn’t that deep? It could just be about struggling with being an up and coming writer who doesn’t have a mentor opening doors for you but a boyfriend. Someone whose name dominates a conversation while you’re left wondering if they cared about you at all? And maybe Barbara, as Cody’s therapist put it, was something to push her to realize she is more. Perhaps the reverse psychology was made to challenge how Cody saw herself so she would assert herself in situations and while acknowledging Dan, own the moment?
But, again, who knows if it is really that deep?
Cody Trying To Get an 8th Grader To Hookup With Barbara
Um, I get a lot of comedy writers think using kids for awkward situations is funny, but this seemed to dance on that line of being a bit too weird for comfort. Especially Barbara sexualizing the little dude and the idea Cody really sat down, wrote that, and no one raised any sort of red flag. But comedy is subjective, right?