This episode ranks as my favorite of the season, and quite possibly of the show as a whole. It returns to its roots in that it puts an emphasis on inter-character interaction and light hearted, humorous banter.
I was a bit worried when the plot was revealed to be another iteration of Groundhog Day, as that is a plot that’s been done, namely by The X-Files, but I’m certain other shows have done it as well. As it turns out, this show made the concept work extremely well.
I did like the fact that Audrey kept her injuries. Those who remember the aforementioned movie will note that Bill Murray’s character killed himself on several occasions, only to wake up at a time when he was still alive. Having Audrey be somewhat immune to the reset keeps some tension in the story.
All of the characters were in rare form and played off of each other wonderfully. They had the charm that they had back in the first season and, to be honest, I couldn’t help but feel like it had been missing as of late. Hopefully, the writers keep it as it really is what makes the show standout.
Even Chris Brody managed to become a charming character in his own right. I was rather cold on that romantic plot point, but Priestley sells the character as a caring, sympathetic, and trusting boyfriend. Of course, as they just managed to sell me on the idea of these two as a couple, they decide to end it by episode’s end.
I don’t really have any complaints about this episode, nitpicks maybe, but nothing major. Audrey does need to work on her “no’s”. Granted, she didn’t pull a Darth Vader-esque “nooooooo!!!”, nor did she do a Shia LeBeouf style “no nononononononono”, but when she saw her friends getting run over, her reaction didn’t seem natural.
I also could’ve done without her repeating the full name of the disease when a character told her that he had OCD. Why would she say that? He knows what the disease is, he has it. You could write it off as a meta moment and say that it was for the audience’s sake, but I’m almost certain that anyone watching the show would know what a person meant when he said that he had OCD. It wasn’t a point that needed clarifying.
The scene where the father talks to his daughter could also be seen as a bit much. I get that they were trying to go for a crowning moment of heartwarming, but I think they may’ve overshot it a bit and gone into narm territory.
You’d think that having each character die, only to have Audrey wake up again would make the episode feel repetitive. Surprisingly enough, it didn’t, not for me at least. Each day was so drastically different, and the causes of death were varied enough that it still kept you invested in the plot when it could’ve easily dragged on for the sake of filling the run time.
All in all, this was a great episode. The writing was top notch, it had fun with the premise, and allowed the characters to shine. It stayed true to the formula, but managed to present it in a way that felt different, allowing for a more interesting story to unfold.