Superstore Season Finale Review: A Cumulus Becomes a Funnel as a “Tornado” Hits Cloud 9

Superstore Season Finale Review: A Cumulus Becomes a Funnel as a “Tornado” Hits Cloud 9


Did Superstore‘s second season go out with a bang? Well. More like a “twist”. Womp womp. See what I did there? Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Still, Superstore attempted something that most shows would shy away from, and changed things up again ahead of Season 3. At the end of Season 1, Cheyenne went into labor and some important things happened for our characters, but Season 2’s finale brought death and destruction to both the store and the show’s status quo.

This week on the season finale of  Superstore: As the deadline for Glenn to fire 6 people approaches, a tornado looms large over their location, Amy helps him decide who to fire. Jonah attempts to justify calling Amy “sexy” by using it in other situations. Garrett is upset that Dina doesn’t care if he lives or dies. Mateo forms alliances with other staff in case he is fired.

The best part about this episode was how truly unique it was. I mean, Superstore is already a unique show because of the type of workplace that it lampoons, but having a tornado hit Dunder Mifflin or Pawnee City Hall would have drastically changed this show’s predecessors. “Tornado” was funny in the reactions that it elicited, and the relationships that it altered, but the best part about it is that it was truly unique.

I hope that Glenn firing those people sticks. I mean, I think Marcus is funny and all, but it’s more important for the show to stick to its guns in a situation like that. Glenn finally doing what needed to be done signifies growth, and sticking to firing those characters will pay dividends for the show in the long term. And, the best part, they don’t have to fire the actors. Retail provides ample opportunity for these characters to stick around in a recurring capacity. Trust me. I saw some customers EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. But it also opens up the opportunity for more variety, and more focus on the central characters going forward.

A few other thoughts/funny moments:

  • “I’m not trying to make you feel better about this”
  • Jonah’s attempts to insert ‘sexy’ into other conversations were marvelous.
  • People who use the word sexy: “Hilarious gay teenagers. Gloria Estefan. Cartoon skunks.”
  • “How can it be a mistake if it’s what everyone votes for?”- Oh Glenn. Don’t turn on the news.
  • “That’s only if the tornado is molesting you”
  • “I don’t want to die in Cloud 9 surrounded by diarrhea medicine”
  • I’m a little confused. Was Brett not answering supposed to be a joke because he never talks? Or did he really not make it out of the tornado alive? Until I remembered that he’s a silent character, I was concerned about the darkness of that joke.

I’m really impressed with how Superstore can handle both catastrophic disaster and workplace drama and still be so funny. Mateo calling Jeff, Amy and Jonah bonding, and Garrett and Dina’s mutual indifference all made the disaster story so much more interesting, and was full of laughter. Superstore has been one of the best comedies this season, and I’m excited for it to return for a third season!

What did you guys think? Was this a satisfying finale? Let us know in the comments!

Superstore returns Fall 2017 to NBC

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