The Mayor: City Hall-oween
October 26, 2017 11:16 AM - Season 1, Episode 4 - Subscribe

As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the night. At a press conference, Mayor Rose announces the community's first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall, surprising Chief Fox and his own team.

Official synopsis, continued:
During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn't address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.
'The Mayor' recap: 'City Hall-oween' (Baltimore Sun)
posted by filthy light thief (2 comments total)
I'm enjoying this show as a relatively light show that touches on bigger topics. Dina as Maxine Waters? Awesome. Trying to balance public safety with kids having fun? Fairly well done.

I like the actors all, and I'm enjoying what they bring to this, perhaps more than the stories themselves.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:19 AM on October 26, 2017

I liked the callouts against sexism (asking a cop whether her husband minds that she carries a gun is sexist and saying someone screams like a girl does a disservice to women) and homophobia (earlier episode). Plus, of course, Courtney and Rose are traditionally female names. I want more, though, it's too light.

There was a throwaway line about Mayor Rose getting a tank from Iraq. But does the general public understand about the militarization of the police? The mayor pushes back against being lectured on how black men need to be careful around the police but no examination of what this means for everyday lives of black men or how the police force should address this problem. Or even that this state of affairs is a problem. In fact, even his mom ends up saying there should be more cops.

Last week the issue was the lack of funding for city services and the entire discussion revolved around what to cut and "waste." Not once was there a mention of maybe, just maybe, raising taxes. No mention of the fact that costs rise regularly

The end result is a show that is empty at its core and bizarrely less progressive than shows that aired decades ago.

Fuck. I started out thinking that I really liked this show and now I'm realizing that maybe I don't. Or I'm disappointed. Then again, the Handmaid's Tale and TDS and such didn't change anything so it doesn't really matter if a show does more than mildly entertain.

Good to see Kristen Johnston back on TV.
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 8:50 PM on October 28, 2017

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