The other characters are a little hit-and-miss. Eva’s dumb and pretty persona (played by Melanie Molnar) occasionally gets in a fun jabbing insult, and Sam, as the extremely keen student of all things acting, is performed with hilarious overkill by Meagan Gordon. The weak link is Katie (Korinne Becker) who basically acts as the Ralph Wiggum of innocent stupidity. This may sound like an odd thing to point out as a flaw, considering how, in many comedies, it is the ‘stupid’ character who gets all the killer lines (as well as audience affection). However there is too much of the writer’s pen in Katie. You can virtually feel the script thinking, ‘hmm, what completely unrelated idiotic misunderstanding can we engineer here?’ Her character disrupts any good comedy flow that was previously built up; always a sign that things aren’t balanced quite right.
Like I said, Girl Parts was a frustrating series to watch because, for the most part, it gets things right. The acting is superbly performed, director, Mike Drobinski, adds a good pace to the action and the editing ensures that the dialogue snaps and crackles with expert verve. The music is very engaging (especially the theme) and, aside from a little bareness in set dressing, there is little to indicate that this isn’t a show with a much higher budget.
What DOES give away the funding level is that the (admittedly, very good) concept is stretched over a few episodes too many, coupled with several occasions where an idea is toyed with and then dropped for no explicable reason. What happened to Shean, the potential love interest / kinda dorky guy? After the first few episodes he disappears and is never mentioned again! For a show with such good quality gags in the dialogue, Girl Parts has a disjointed element to its overall structure that manages to, at the very least, cause a brain itch which mars the enjoyment a little.
Despite a pretty funny trailer for a Kickstarter-lead Season 2, no amount of Google-fu has managed to trace whether this ever came to fruition. However, further investigative journalism reveals that writer and star, Robinson, has, as of March 2012, founded and become CEO of Skirts Optional Productions LLC, a web series production company, which would indicate that funding was not achieved (searching for unsuccessful projects on Kickstarter is irritatingly difficult. The site isn’t keen on advertising failures).
Robinson also states that, “After years of experience in the world of webtv and freelance comedy production (for both tv and film), I am refocusing my energies on full-time administrative work and event organization/production style duties”. That is a shame for Girl Parts, as it think the concept would really have benefited from a second season to expand and refine.
Girl Parts – Episode One: “The Flare Up”
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