Will Glover, Day Editor of the Panama City News Herald, is a discerning type. He just doesn’t know it yet.
I began reading his review of the first episode of JONAS with, I will confess, a jaundiced eye. I noted that the reviewer was a man, and assumed that he would dismiss/mock the Jonas Brothers, as men are often wont to do. The first paragraph didn’t do anything to disabuse me of this opinion. He likens writing a review about a Jonas Brothers project to rating a mafia-owned restaurant – something that is dangerous to do. Oh well, I thought, another guy who just has to belittle and mock. Imagine my surprise then, as I read on and found this quote:
“I don’t have that fear, because the superstars’ new show, a Disney Channel sitcom simply titled “Jonas,” is not that bad. While the writing is definitely above mediocre, the plot is contrived (as I expected it to be) and the acting is a little questionable, but the music is what makes this series watchable for parents and a must-see for Jonas Brothers fans.”
Whoa there, Nellie. He likes the music? Intrigued, I read on, and found this happy admission from Mr. Glover:
“And that’s coming from someone who had to take notes on identifying the three brothers, like they were indistinguishable triplets.”
Hey, now, this guy is starting to qualify as uninitiated. The “uninitiated”, as we discerning types know, is someone who has never had the pleasure of encountering JB. The uninitiated are largely clueless about what amazing musicians and artists the Jonas Brothers are. Oftentimes WDT are pleasantly surprised when the uninitiated encounter JB and see through the miasma of hype/Disney connection/mass hysteria to glimpse just what talented and watchable performers these guys are. It happened quite often when newspaper music critics from around the country were required to give a listen to A Little Bit Longer upon its release. And, given the generally favorable flavor of Mr. Glover’s piece, it might happen when JONAS premieres. There will be panners, certainly, but Mr. Glover of the Panama City News Herald is not one, and I think he will not be alone.
His review mentions each brother individually, giving hints about their characters. He even comments favorably on the acting – or appearance of non-acting, which is actually a good thing because it means that the guys are being natural onscreen.
Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Glover isn’t raving, that would be asking too much. However, he also isn’t feeling insulted to be reviewing a Jonas Brothers project and that is, in my opinion, a win. He even gives the show 2 ½ out of 4 stars. Speaking both as a discerning type, and as someone who has dealt with the Average Joe reviewer/critic for years, this is as good as it gets.