I 50/50 Percent Between Answering Questions and Raising Them, 'The High School Reunion' Is A Great Blast From The Past!"
The title is the story itself. It's finally time to get the scoop on Mac, Charlie, Dennis, and Dee's pasts at their high school reunion. The episode plays out somewhat like a 'flashback' episode that long-running television shows usually have near the end, but in this case the episode was good. In some cases, such as That 70's Show for example, the flashback episode is to remind you of the everlasting journey you've gone through with these characters, but this also leads to the discovery that we've been laughing at the same four jokes that they've produced.
What Sunny gets right in this episode, and not just here but the whole show, is that nothing's rehashed or redundant. They've made so many unanswered jokes and references in the past 7 seasons, and they play that to their advantage. This is what I mean in my overall quote. From the beginning there have been stories about the Gang's past, such as Nikki Potnick's car getting crashed, Dennis being a god among his peers while Mac, Charlie, and Dee where all freaks, etc. "The High School Reunion" also uses questions that we, the audience ourselves, have been asking, like the real names of Mac and the Waitress. And if not already answered tonight, they'll surely be answered next week.
But besides that, "The High School Reunion" is really about the quad's unfortunate misconceptions of themselves and how it's affected their current lives. More so than ever, this episode is character driven.
One of the only two concerns I really had tonight was how strong Mac and Dee came off. Dee's story line focuses on her being a hard-ass in order to extract her revenge on the douches in school, but for some reason I just wasn't into it. She had me laughing, as usual, in the beginning of the episode and mostly throughout, but everything felt uber forced... or maybe that's the point?
And the only thing really going for Mac was him trying to convince everyone that he has bulked up mass, as he's been stating since the beginning of the season. Other than the big reveal of his name, which I commend SpaceCowboy for guessing about far before the season, Mac played no significant role. He was just there... with all his "mass."
But real quick, let me address the Waitress. Her story line had me laughing the most. Who is she and why doesn't anyone remember her? Could she be Nikki Potnick? Coincidentally the Waitress' name-tag was missing while Frank stole Nikki's, and everyone seems to believe Frank really is Nikki? But Sunny's full of surprises. I think I could be right but there's a 99.9 percent chance something wilder will happen.
Overall, "The High School Reunion" is a mild start to this finale. It had some astonishing revelations that had me laughing my brains out at how unbelievable they were but nothing really set fire, the ending especially which felt like nothing really needed to happen, nor would happen. Hopefully the finale super glues everything together!
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