Big Mouth (Season 4) (2020)

I don’t know if it’s just me, but this latest season of “Big Mouth” was maybe a bit of a drag to sit through? I don’t know what it is, but it just seems like there’s something off this season. It’s not that it’s a bad season, of course: The show arrived fully formed in its first season and has maintained a knack with character dynamics and interactions, but this time around everything feels on the forced side. The first few episodes are set at summer camp while Andrew and Nick are fighting, which sets up an interesting conundrum for the characters but somehow the show manages to concentrate too hard on it while simultaneously glossing it over in the end: The resolution is rather anticlimactic and the lessons learned among the friends are dropped rather quickly. The rest of the season focuses on a number of interconnected plotlines, some of which work (Missy’s identity crisis, Lola and Jay’s burgeoning love affair), some of which don’t (Jessi’s travails in New York City, Nick attempting to develop a greater capacity for empathy). However there’s no denying the power of Matthew’s path forward in this season, dealing with the emotional reverberations and altered familial dynamics that can result from coming out: The plotline is handled with rigid seriousness and respect for the experience, and performer Andrew Rannells hits all the right notes. So ultimately, it’s a bit jumbled and all over the place, but it still has a number of laugh-out-loud moments and the voice work remains top-notch, I just feel like the show is starting to spin its wheels a tad.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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