Superstore “Video Game Release” Review: Childlike Joy and Laugther

Superstore “Video Game Release” Spoilers Ahead

Jonah and Amy in Superstore "Video Game Release"

I have literally never, and I seriously mean never “shipped” a couple as fiercely from the Pilot as I did with Amy and Jonah. And that’s saying a lot because it means that no series presented us with something so profoundly captivating from the very first episode. Superstore isn’t the Amy and Jonah show by any means, but they are at the core of what makes the series so sweet because of what a vital character Amy is. And the progression of their will they, won’t they relationship has been the most fun I’ve had watching a TV series in a long time. When it comes to Amy and Jonah, we’ve got it all—heart, humor, ridiculous adventures, and honest conversations with each moment they share showcasing an incredibly organic form of growth.

A growth, which happened in a manner so promising, so organic that somewhere in the midst of the dark days, laughter saved the two of them—binding them to a place where they can be kids again—a place they can always laugh, heal, and come undone in the happiness that comes from a rare understanding solidified by similar ethics. It’s a moment that makes Superstore’s Video Game Release” so memorable as an episode. It’s a progression that’s broken down the type of walls that are put up after years of hollow familiarity and the belief that moments of beauty cease to exist in seemingly ordinary life.

Superstore’s “Video Game Release” reminded us of just how special this relationship is by exhibiting the amount of joy the two of them find when around one another. It’s the fact that moments of beauty can truly be found lurking through every hidden door and Jonah will lead the way with a treasure map because her happiness is his, too. And that’s just it, as of right now, the focus is on Amy—due to the number of things we know about her life, it’s understandable that the attention would be on ensuring that she finds the voice to choose for herself. As the number one advocate for Amy’s agency and the choices to do as she deserves and as she desires, Jonah’s become the very beacon of light in her life—the crush, the partner, the best friend she never knew she needed. But we’re at a time where there’s someone else in his life, and that someone is a good person, too—in the same way that Adam was a good guy. However, admitting to Dina that she does in fact have a crush on Jonah is the very first step to showcase that his fight to help her see the moments of beauty has been successful.

We don’t know too much about Jonah’s life at home—we don’t know about the things that break him or the heartaches that haunt him, but we do know that for reasons he probably can’t put into words, his adoration for Amy is everything to him. Her happiness is everything to him, and Ben Feldman does an impeccable job of showing us just how profoundly Jonah cares—emotions to which America Ferrera is now responding to with such quiet heartache, it’s breaking me. Ferrera and Feldman have grown into such astounding scene partners that it’s impossible to watch them without being engulfed in sheer happiness. Amy and Jonah’s chemistry is so infectious, so gorgeously captivating, I can only imagine what it’ll be like when the two are actually a couple.

Ferrera’s direction took the audience on the best kind of nostalgic adventure—the drawbacks to childhood, moments in their lives, primarily Amy’s where excitement came easily served as the beautiful reminder of the fact that two people who support one another fervently are best for each other—they’re home to each other. And that’s just it, when it comes to how intently Jonah pays attention to Amy’s desires, there’s no comparison—it continues to be the utmost reminder of the fact that moments of beauty are a constant presence when they’re together. Plainly, simply, their time together is a poetic representation of what adoration in its most immaculate form looks like—pure and unparalleled.


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