“Blockbuster” has some fundamental flaws, but it also has enough good parts going for it that I think it could course-correct if it earns another season. Despite the two shows’ apparent ideological differences, “Superstore” is in its DNA, and it taps into its central relationships – including Eliza and Timmy’s – with a deliberate pace that indicates it knows not to dole out all its character development in one season. But for every compelling part of the show, there’s another that’s cringe-inducing and in need of a rewrite, like Smoove’s Bitcoin-investing landlord whose blandly delivered jokes do not necessitate all the screen time he gets.
“Blockbuster” ultimately lives and dies by its scripts, which are the definition of a mixed bag. By season’s end, it has established itself as a goofily funny series with some great comedic moments, but also as one that adheres to convention in frustrating ways. More disappointingly, the series not only makes somewhat poor use of its unique setting, but disrespects it by side-stepping the truth of the bleak circumstances that led to an entire industry’s downfall.
“Blockbuster” is now streaming on Netflix.