With better luck, better choices, better posture…Josh Corman could’ve been a rock star. Now he teaches fifth grade, and though he loves his students, he still struggles to find happiness and meaning in a world that sometimes feels short on both.
Josh Corman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a school teacher, and we quickly begin to realize a good one. He has excellent posture about him, and the kids challenge him with off-putting questions as most kids do, and he spins them in a way a good teacher would.
After a long day of work, Josh wants to go out on the town and his buddy Victor is reluctant. After much back and forth, nothing comes of it, and this frustrates Josh.
Like the rest of us, Josh had dreams, and his were rooted in the music business. He wanted to be a rockstar, and like most attempting to be rockstars, he failed and lives with that daily. I think this is where JGL shines not just in front of the camera but also behind it. The immediate connection we make with Josh is that we all live our lives in this manner in which we hope to achieve things or have these expectations, and often they don’t go according to how we want them.
The closing ten minutes of the pilot were so good, and something that we don’t always see unfolds in the manner that it did. It was creative (once you watch, you’ll probably think I am crazy), but the expectations of life can really catch up to us in the most inopportune times.
The pilot does a beautiful job of laying the groundwork of building the story that surrounds Josh and entices you to want to invest more of your time into his life. JGL is fantastic, and I am happy to see him back in front of the camera again.