Who needs a plaid messenger bag? WHERE can I get me a JONAS bathrobe and shower cap?!?!
Well Revelers, I don’t know about you, but I had a thoroughly enjoyable time between 8:00 and 8:30pm EST tonight. I entered into that gently surreal (or gently sensual, take your pick) land called JONAS. Therein, I got to laugh, squee, and spend time with my three favorite guys.
More thoughts and analysis after the jump!
“The Wrong Song” was an interesting choice for a first episode, because unlike a typical First Episode of a television series, there wasn’t a whole lot of exposition. I suspect the decision was not to “play down” to the passionate fans tuning in for this premiere by airing an episode containing relationship and family set-ups, which would already be familiar to everyone watching. Only one parent made an appearance tonight – their Dad (John Ducey, he of the bathrobe and shower cap). The action centered more around the school, and we were treated to several scenes of by-play between Stella Malone (Chelsea Staub) and Macy Misa (Nicole Anderson).
These ladies are a great addition to the show, and all their scenes, with and without the Jonas Brothers, were great. Stella wants to find way to foil fans from tearing the Lucas’ clothes, and enlists Macy’s help with testing out her new line of Velcro-attached clothing: “Stell-cro.” When asked to pretend to be a brother, Macy’s imitation of all three bros was adorable. And Chelsea Staub’s rabid fan-girl portrayal was dead on. This was followed by a hilarious bit in which Stella goes to pull the sleeve of her new “Stell-cro” shirt off of Macy and ends up pulling off the entire shirt. I don’t know when I’ve heard my kids laugh so loud.
We all laughed often, when we weren’t sighing at the adorableness of Nick, Joe, and Kevin. The guys really did a great job with the acting requirements in the show. I reiterate how fantastic it is that this one-camera, filmed and edited format was chose for them. I felt sometimes (when Joe and Kevin were playing 20 questions, for example) like I might have been watching one of their YouTubes. The brotherly interaction comes across so naturally, and their connections with each other ring so true – because they are true.
Moreover, I think many of the critics we have been reading in the past few days owe Nicholas an apology. He did a fine job with acting this episode. He had the most scenes and lines in those scenes. His lovesick songwriter portrayal was so sweet, and in the club scene when it was revealed that (as Joe hilariously put it) “Dude, your girlfriend has a boyfriend,” the genuine sadness in his response “She’s not my girlfriend” was beautifully played. I can’t imagine a heart hardened enough not to “Awwwww” during that moment.
All the guys had their particularly terrific bits:
Nick’s happy shuffle after he bids goodbye to Penny after their first scene on the stairs.
Kevin and Joe’s aside to the viewer, “There were like a hundred pictures of her in his locker, right?”
Nick’s lovely “I’m in LOVE” face when he hugs Penny.
Kevin saying, “I can apologize for my own juvenile behavior, thank you very much.”
Joe’s “Oh really” response to Nick when he claims not to be nervous about Penny but then has put two different shoes on his feet.
Kevin (in a mustache, be still my heart, there is something about that boy with facial hair!) saying “Nick, your girlfriend is stealing your song.”
The take all three of them give when Penny dedicates the song to Jimmy instead of Nick.
Joe’s “Just a feeling” face when asked how he knows he has the Stell-cro jeans on inside out.
Joe bumping Jimmy with the chair like the good big brother he is.
All three guys in the Apple Eating/Nick Confesses His Broken Heart scene.
Nick being terribly sweet when he confesses to Penny the real reason he wrote the song. “That’s what they tell me…and tell me.” Awwwwwwwww.
Kevin and Joe’s faces and skin slip when they hear that Penny broke up with her boyfriend.
I could go on and on detailing delightful moments, but suffice it to say that I was far happier than I ever thought I would be when I found out JB was going to have a television show. My personal cringe threshold is admittedly high, but I found absolutely nothing cringe inducing in tonight’s episode. I’m eagerly awaiting my next visit to JONAS.
The next 7 days can’t pass quickly enough!