Jan. 31 marks the series finale of “30 Rock”, closing the seventh season and the world’s window into the hilarious and unorthodox life of Liz Lemon.
How can I convey the stories Tina Fey created through the show’s 137 episodes since 2006? Should I talk about Lemon’s various hilariously flawed boyfriends, like uptight Brit Wesley Snipes (Michael Sheen), or the airline pilot with a female name Carol Burnett (Matt Damon), or immature trouble-maker Dennis Duffy (Dean Winters), or even her intangible fantasy-man, Astronaut Mike Dexter? Should I mention Lemon’s strange but touching friendships with unpredictable and mentally unstable Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), vapid and arguably insane Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), or her special, mentor/mentee relationship with her boss, millionaire and clichéd Republican Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin)?
Is “30 Rock” defined by its main plot — a woman desperately struggling to manage a flourishing career as head writer for a sketch comedy show on NBC, along with a failing sex life and questionable social skills? Or is it more made up of its smaller stories — Jack’s wife Avery getting kidnapped in North Korea and consequently married to Kim Jong-un, or NBC page Kenneth Parcell’s apparent immortality?
This goodie bag of insanity wraps up this month with Lemon’s marriage to sweet, boy-faced Criss Chros (James Marsden) and their attempts to have or adopt a child, the death of Jack’s mom and even more emotional events that will leave audiences, hopefully, contented with the ending of a phenomenon. What happens next for comedy genius Tina Fey should have us all excited.