Monday, August 23, 2021

Rutherford Falls - Pilot

The "Pilot" episode of Rutherford Falls introduces us to the sleepy town of Rutherford Falls which won't remain sleepy for much longer. Our two main characters are Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms), descendant of the town's founder and proud owner of its museum, and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), a member of the Minishonka Nation, Nathan's best-friend, and a woman struggling to get the funding to see her people's heritage get honored and celebrated in the community. The event that shakes up things in the town is the Mayor's (Dana L. Wilson) decision to move the statue of the town's founder which sends Nathan over the edge (leading to a complete meltdown in front of the town). The episode is a fine sitcom pilot, successfully introducing the main characters, teasing Nathan having to reconsider long-held beliefs and compromise, and Reagan becoming more self-assured, while the town's drama begins to be noticed by the larger world.

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