‘Pearson’ 1×02 Review: Now We’re Talking

Now, that’s more like it.

“The Superintendent” isn’t necessarily a brilliant hour of television – no more so than the first episode, at least – but it does a whole lot better than the Pilot about making us care about someone other than the wonderful lady who gives this show it’s name.

In fact, after watching this episode, I could even give you a character ranking, with all the women on top and the Mayor at the bottom, because, of course, that’s the way we roll around here.

What can I say? This is Jessica’s world, we’re just living in it. And in Jessica’s world, well, the ladies are rocking it and the men are kinda …meh.

So, let’s discuss what this episode does right, what the show is still lacking and what absolutely isn’t working as we talk “The Superintendent”:

THE GOOD

PEARSON — “The Superintendant” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Isabel Arraiza as Yoli Castillo, Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)
  1. Jessica. Obviously. This show revolves around her, and Gina Torres proves that she can absolutely handle the spotlight, and the pressure. Everything we feel, everything we see, revolves around her, and we absolutely want it to. The way it should be.
  2. Yoli Castillo. I had a feeling she was going to end up on Jessica’s side from the beginning, and I’m glad she did. Imagine what these two could do together. I’m already salivating.
  3. The family dynamics. Whatever was lacking from the first episode regarding Jessica’s family, I got from “The Superintendent.” Maybe I just needed to understand Angela, maybe I needed more than the aloof distance of the Pilot, either way, it seems like there’s a path forward now, and I like that.
  4. Nick. Fastest way to develop a crush: give me tall, dark, handsome, and secretly caring. I’m absolutely in.
  5. The fact that they never downplay who Jessica is or what she can do to make others look better. Mark my words, this is absolutely the best thing about Pearson.

THE BAD

PEARSON — Pictured: Morgan Spector as Bobby Novak — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)
  1. Derrick. What happened to you? You were way more likable in the Pilot!
  2. The everyone vs. Jessica dynamics. I know it’s too much to ask so soon, but can we all just get along? In a way, I liked that so much more about the setup for Suits. At least it didn’t take them long to become family. We’re all suckers for found family dynamics, what can I say?
  3. Mayor Bobby Novak. I know I should feel things about you, I’m just not sure what those things are yet, and that’s probably not good, considering you’re THE guy.

THE UGLY

PEARSON — Pictured: Bethany Joy Lenz as Keri Allen — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)
  1. The whole Keri/Bobby thing. Please, make it stop. His “I know I suck but love me anyway” face gets on my last nerve, and though I don’t think he’s a total douche, I will say: you deserve better, Keri. You absolutely do.

Things I think I think:

  • GINA SPEAKING SPANISH!
  • Good spanish, too.
  • And Yoli too.
  • Believe it or not, that’s rate. Good Spanish on TV is rare. WHICH IS WEIRD, CONSIDERING, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY LATINOS THERE ARE IN HOLLYWOOD.
  • Hire some of them, instead of Italians that look like your stereotypical idea of a latino.
  • They’re already my two favorites, the hell with everyone else.
  • Even you lost points this week, Derrick.
  • Nick is the only man we claim.
  • Keri, I will like you better once you drop Mr. I have a wife and kids.
  • Also, did you check out Gina’s arms?
  • And her wardrobe!
  • I wish I could pull that off.
  • “You brought me in to put out your fires” indeed.

Agree? Disagree? Did you enjoy “The Superintendent”? Share with us in the comments below!

Pearson airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA Network.

Lissete Lanuza Sáenz

Co-Executive Editor

Lawyer. Dreamer. Geek. Eternal optimist. Fangirl since the dawn of time. Hates the color yellow, olives and cigarettes. Has a recurring nightmare where she’s forced to choose between sports and books. Falls in love with fictional characters.