Rating (3.5 out of 5)
Summary: I laughed during each of the episodes, which is saying a lot. I was curious how it would all resolve itself. It all comes down to a game of roshambo. “The Politician” is an entertaining swipe at modern politics and worthy of watching. The double agent stuff was a bit obvious, and a couple of plot points were predictable. Despite that minor setback, this is an entertaining show.
Details: Gwyneth Paltrow and Bette Midler were excellent. I am not a huge Gwyneth Paltrow fan but she rocked it as Payton’s mom Georgina. Bette Midler, was Bette Midler. There were times when I was wondering if Bette Midler actually wrote her own lines. I loved her character and Bette Midler is excellent.
The humor is well placed throughout the show and is intermingled with dramatic moments to stop the show from becoming dull. As an example, the climate change challenge issued by Infinity Jackson (Zoey Deutch) promotes the idea that politicians use climate change as a tool to attract voters and don’t genuinely care about the environment. The cold shower with recycling the water was a good gag.
The spicy sex lube, California seceding from the United States, a wife in a coma, etc. These were all funny moments in the show, which maintained the pace of the show.
The capper was the election coming down to a game of rock, paper, scissors (roshambo). Watching them trying to get a leg ahead of each other in a children’s game really capped the show for me.
The double agents becomes old as soon as it is introduced. In particular, I didn’t care for the character Andrew (Ryan J. Haddad) and his blackmailing for a date with Infinity. It was creepy. Also, there was a little bit too much drama between the characters on Payton’s team. The show eventually saves itself, with the discussion between Payton and his girlfriend Alice (Julia Schlaepfer), about he would support her in her career. This is when they showed the right balance of drama between the team.