I love complicated and intricate shows as much as the next person, but this isn’t one. It’s not a soufflé. It’s a show about people who love each other, and puddings, and hopefully people will turn it on for ten minutes, dig their spoons in, and enjoy it. – Sandy Nicholson
I’m not going to lie. Like Mr. Nicholson (the writer of the web series Comfort Food), I enjoy shows with complicated plots, mysteries, and stakes so high they make the Burj Khalifa look wimpy.
However, my favorite TV shows tend to come with warm personalities and plotting that crops up from character interaction. At heart, I like the simple kinds of series. And let me tell you, Comfort Food is simple.
To some, that could be considered an insult. In this case, it’s just about the highest compliment that I could give. This is a show that is trying to be pleasant, witty, character-focused, and, at times, just the tiniest bit heartbreaking. And at every turn, it succeeds.
The intrepid love comedy follows the exploits of Luke (Edward Mitchell) and Liyana (Jenny Harrold) as they navigate the foreign waters of a long term, long distance relationship. In order to make the situation easier on themselves (and maintain their connection) they begin cooking desserts over the phone with one another.
I could have been perfectly happy with this show if it did this on a weekly basis. Giving the audience a banter fest and then resetting itself each week would have been enough for me. But, the show also explores some deeper themes about what it’s like to be in a long distance relationship – and it manages to do so without dipping into the usual overly dramatic cliches seen in most TV shows.
Instead, the show opts to explore how the characters change and how they would view one another differently if they changed the status quo of their relationship and became more serious than they already were (I’m sorry if this sounds vague, but I’m trying to analyze while still offering up as few spoilers as possible).
At this point in the review, I’d like to admit something. I might have lied to you up above.
Let’s quickly revisit what I said about this show at the start: I claimed that it was simple. Well, plot-wise, it is. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Nicholson said on the show’s website that the series was “not a soufflé,” yet titled the last episode “Soufflé.”
By the time we get to the end, the situation the characters find themselves in is complicated, their feelings for one another are complicated, and their decision about what to do moving forward is complicated. There’s more to the title than the fact that the couple made a soufflé.
Everything that goes down is earned though, and I found myself rooting for the characters to solve their problems and find happiness with each other. I’m not sure there’s anything more you can ask from a show like this, and if it succeeds in that aspect, I’d have to call it a triumph overall.