CBCâ€™s much hyped and much anticipated “Little Mosque on the Prairie“ premiered last night.
Iâ€™d been looking forward to this show for months and especially after the minor attention itâ€™s gotten.
I was ready and open to like this show and although I didnâ€™t hate it, this first episode didnâ€™t blow me away. I felt there could have been a bit more substance to it, plus it felt a bit rushed to me.
I donâ€™t know, maybe I was expecting too much from a thirty minute sitcom (with no laugh tracks).
Itâ€™s a comedy about a small Muslim community in a small prairie town in Canada, their new mosque, Imam, and the neighboursâ€™ perception of and reaction to them in this post September 11 world.
While this makes for a great premise, the first 10 minutes threw in every stereotypical Muslims-are-terrorist joke in the book. Which makes me wonder what theyâ€™ll do for the remaining episodes, they canâ€™t repeat the same jokes over and over, can they?
A couple of jokes and/or situations garnered a smile or chuckle from me, but there wasnâ€™t anything laugh-out-funny to me, probably because it seemed a tad ridiculous to be funny.
This show has the potential to be what itâ€™s supposed to be, it could be humorous, satirical and insightful. Depends on what direction the show takes and how characters are developed.
Overall, itâ€™s a great concept; the first episode was a ‘weak-good’ because I was expecting something more along the lines of the great immigrant/assimilation comedy.
Iâ€™ll have to watch at least three more episodes to form a solid opinion, but itâ€™s fresh, interesting, and different, unlike anything on TV right now. Plus itâ€™s got buzz…
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