Unreal (Season 3 & Season 4) – Ah, Should Have Stopped at 2

Season 3

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: While the premise is the same and people are equally as slimy as in previous seasons, a few things changed that irritated me. These little irritations though create large plot holes and the story for this season is contrived. I enjoyed watching this simply for the people manipulation, but overall the season is a bust for me.

Plot: Rachel (Shiri Appleby) returns and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) arranges for a professional therapist to be on staff to watch over Rachel. Rachel produces the bachelorette, while trying to save her dad and working through her own problems.

Detail: Rachel is told over and over by different people that she is a terrible person and dark. She never fights back, and frankly, her lack of self-confidence became irritating. The people around Rachael are as bad and selfish, and there was no rationale for her to listen to them. Obviously, she is characterized in this manner to drive the plot. I prefer a little subtlety in my storylines.

Now Quinn starts a battle with the studio head. Whatever, silly side plot. She arranges to obtain his e-mail and blackmails him. She has the e-mails all on her computer at the office. In the end, someone is able to delete the e-mails from her computer. I don’t have secrets on my computer which could generate millions of dollars a year in income, and even I have a backup. For $18M in ransom, you think Quinn could have bought a $150 external hard drive. Such a contrived plot.

Season 4

Rating (1.5 out of 5)

Summary: Season 4 is only 8 episodes, and they cram everything in to finish the series. The characters changed too dramatically, and I lost interest. Since Season 4 is only 8 episodes we hung around until the end. Don’t watch this stinker.

Detail: Rachel and the new producer Tommy (François Arnaud) have created an all-stars episode, while Quinn traveled with Chet (Craig Bierko). Rachel and Quinn are on course for a clash.

Summary: The motivations for everyone to be back at “Everlasting” weren’t well thought out. Jay (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) has a show he is producing but is here as well, and seems to be screwing up both shows. Quinn has the dance show with Jay, plus another new show, but stays at “Everlasting” because of some threat. The thinly veiled rationale for the characters to return hurt tone of the season. Why couldn’t we simply introduce new characters?

I call it the “George Clooney” problem from the show “ER”. Mr. Clooney’s character was the bad boy of the show, but in later seasons started becoming good. As he changed, the quality of “ER” went from good to bad. The exact same impact here, Jay (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and Quinn all become goodie-goodie, even though Rachel is doing the same thing she did on the first episode of Season 1. The issue is the two of them have done equally as bad things.

Again, everyone is against Rachel but she doesn’t fight back. This lack of confidence continued the decline from the previous season.

However, the lone bright spot was Tommy, Rachels’ new love interest and assistant producer. Had Tommy been introduced in Season 3 and the show concentrated on the manipulation of the cast a more rather than the crew, the show would have been way more interesting. Tommy and Rachel scheming together is terrifying.