Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place get all the attention, but Superstore is low-key as good as the Mike Schur sitcoms. It is brilliant. It’s The Office set in a big box store, only it will also take on real issues that confront retail workers, like low wages, unionizing, sex discrimination, undocumented workers, and really annoying customers. And it does so with an impeccable sense of humor, and a fantastic ensemble of characters, each of whom will take turns becoming your favorite. It’s also incredibly relatable for anyone who has ever worked in retail, which is most of us at some point in our lives (I put myself through college working a register at Wal Mart for an obscenely small amount of money, holla!)
It’s also getting a new showrunner next season. Justin Spitzer, who put in seven years on The Office as a writer before creating Superstore, is leaving the NBC series to develop new shows for Universal, although he is leaving Superstore in the capable hands of Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green, who have been writing and producing the NBC series since the first season.
Before Spitzer leaves, however, he has some kind of surprise in store for us in the fourth season finale. Ben Feldman, who plays Jonah (the Jim to America Ferrera’s Pam on Superstore) teased a dark two-part season finale that would also see the dynamic between Jonah and Amy shift. I am not sure what that means, but I feel like in the context of Superstore that it may mean Jonah will be elevated to the corporate office over Amy, recently promoted to manager.
But the more significant concern here is that on Busy Phillips’ show last night, Feldman said that “something really, really big and really, really dark” will happen in the two-part season finale, and he punctuated the statement by adding that “I’m not lying to you guys … it’s super, hardcore dark.”
That I was initially baffled by. Is it darker than finding a dead body in the wall of the store, which is a thing that has actually happened? Or will it be something else that will re-arrange the management structure again? Because I love that Amy is a manager (and earning $109,000 a year), but Glen working the floor feels like an unsustainable story arc. Or will Glen be elevated to district manager after Laurie — who we actually know is a coke fiend — dies of a drug overdose, which qualifies as “super hardcore dark,” has been foreshadowed, and befits a series that actually takes up real issues in this milieu. Laurie’s death could also (sadly) rob Amy of her promotion since it was Laurie who gave it to her after Amy threatened to out her drug use.
Yep. I’m calling it: Laurie dies of a drug overdose in the store in the presence of her incompetent son, Blaine. That’s dark.
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