Is it possible to live with someone who has caused your life more harm than good and still trust them? That’s the test behind ABC’s second season of “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23,” which is starting to learn from its past mistakes.
“Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” followed mismatched roomates Chloe (Krysten Ritter) who was a complete bad girl and the equally naive June (Dreama Walker). June’s life hasn’t gone according to plan since she arrived in New York, but Chloe has proved to be a loyal friend in her own strange way. She would walk through fire for her best friend actor James Van Der Beek. Chloe has lied about James’ former “Dawson’s Creek” castmates wanting to do a reunion to boost his ego and protected him from the truth that his behavior was what prevented it from happening. With the help of James’ close confidante Luther (Ray Ford), Chloe was able to ground her best friend in her very unique way without causing too much trouble. Can Chloe help save June from focusing too much on the past?
In terms of plot, the show has succeeded in balancing the right amount of mad cap coemdy and the core friendships that drove each crazy story. Chloe might have used June as a metaphorical punching bag, but she sometimes did this to protect June. She had sex with June’s fiance to prove what he was capable of, but Chloe ended up being right in the end. Despite June losing control of her life, she learned to embrace Chloe’s crazy way of doing things. What made the show succeed was the strong rapport between Ritter and Walker. Sure, their characters were polar opposites in every way, but they somehow made it work regardless of the circumstances. Hopefully, the show will allow them to have their own stories at some point, but they should still focus on their evolving friendship.
The show’s constant surprise was the continuously funny performance that Van Der Beek did as he poked holes in his once innocent teen star image. The season premiere focused on a possible “Dawson’s Creek” reunion that never came to light because the cast didn’t like him for not chipping in on a finale gift for everyone. The gift turned out to be something completely silly and further from what truly happened. It was also nice to see Van Der Beek interact with other former television stars, such as Frankie Muniz, and how they reacted to Van Der Beek’s insane request. Hopefully, the show will continue to utilize Van Der Beek’s comedic talent in a way that his other show never did. Only time will tell if that’s the case.
“Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” premiered on October 23rd and airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on ABC.
Verdict: A show that managed to embrace its own created insanity with the help of an equally game cast.
TV Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)