It was a very deliberate reversal of 80s comedy tropes, with Chris Helmsworth having a ball as the dim but pretty secretary who needs to be rescued. There's no romance, ones a little swoony over how pretty he is but seems to know intellectually that he'd make a terrible boyfriend. Instead there's just some really lovely female friendships (which are absolutely perfect for femslashing ;))
Things I didn't like:
- Patty, the black character, is definitely intelligent and competent even if she has no formal training(*) but after creating a way for her skills to be relevant they really dropped the ball on actually using them.
- The villain is too moustache twirlingly evil. You can get away with that with a Supernatural Being Of Pure Evil or side villain but with a main human villain you need a little more depth. Asides from that he was effectively creepy and believable.
- It kept pausing to go "DID YOU SEE THAT JOKE WASN'T IT FUNNY" instead of keeping up the momentum.
But overall I really liked it.
Very important reaction: Everyone seems to be in love with Holtzman but I think Abby is cuter. Just saying. Also the best ships are Abby/Erin and Patty/Holtzmann.
(*)I've seen people suggest she may have a history major or something but I feel like she'd have said that instead of "You all know science but I read a lot of non fiction". And it's certainly not explicit in the text, unlike everyone else.
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