The season finale of Fresh Off The Boat Tuesday is quite timely in an ironic way.
Jessica (Constance Wu) starts questioning whether the Huangs have forgotten their Chinese roots when the family gets invited to join the local country club.
She starts looking around and seeing how American they’ve all become. Heck, even Grandma (Lucille Soong) speaks some English in this episode.
It’s quite appropriate that the Huangs look inward to their hearts and soul at where they’re at in life.
The real Eddie Huang; chef, author and cable TV celebrity; has been questioning the show’s premise since the beginning. For Eddie, its presents a sanitized view of Asian America. He’d like to see more of its warts, like the domestic violence he says he dealt with as a child in his family.
Since the show is based on his memoirs he wonders if its too much to ask that the show more accurately represent his life. I’ve already voiced my opinion and Constance Wu has as well, so I won’t repeat that debate here.
Without commenting on Huang’s concerns, I think even Eddie might agree the show offers a glimpse of Asian America that hasn’t been seen on television in two decades. It does so without making Asians the butt of the joke like 2 Broke Girls does.
As Sonia Saraiya wrote for Salon, Fresh Off the Boat “has proved to be a remarkable, refreshing addition to this season of scripted television. It’s well-written, well-acted and consistently engaging, making the most of the Huang family’s singular personalities and the bizarre fantasyland that is suburban Orlando, Florida.”
Gaby Wilson wrote for MTV ‘“FOB” shines a much-needed spotlight on contemporary Asian American stories and actors, a topic the show broached on Tuesday night’s episode.”
It would be a shame if Fresh Off The Boat is not renewed for a second full season. While not getting stellar ratings, its the best rated show ABC has put on in years in the difficult Tuesday 8pm time slot. The cast and crew have proven they’re capable of presenting fresh and original story lines week after week.
Tuesday’s finale is one of the funniest episodes of the 13 produced for this season. It’s ending the season the right way. You can show your support for Fresh Off The Boat by using the hashtag #RenewFOTB.
Those of you in New York can also attend a season finale viewing party at Circle NYC hosted by Jeff Yang and Bobby Kwak. Its starts at 7pm Tuesday night and is co-sponsored by AsAmNews. Admission is free and there’s a cash bar. A lucky 50 people will win Fresh Off The Boat swag and they’ll be showing bloopers and never before seen footage from the program.
Here’s drinking that they’ll be many more season finales to come.