Human ressources works extremely well as a spin-off, although reviewers have said the series’ “distinctive humor and commentary on humanity” keeps the concept fresh for Big mouth Fans. The series is populated by a congregation of bizarre creatures, each with predefined roles and unique personalities.
Human ressources exemplifies the dazzling plurality of human nature – Lovebugs can also become Hate Worms, Shame Wizards sometimes feel pride, Ambition Gremlins aren’t always committed, and Logic Rocks can forget how to be rational. History also portrays human beings as multifaceted and chaotic individuals who cannot be reduced to singular clichés.
ten Pete Doheny’s Emotional Fluctuations Make Him More Authentic
Pete Doheny’s stony facade hides a warm and sensitive personality that he rarely displays as he feels it would negatively impact his Logic Rock identity. As a result, watching him grapple with his emotions is quite satisfying, as it makes him seem more authentic.
More importantly, Pete doesn’t reserve his kindness for those he has feelings for; he openly offers help to anyone who needs it, whether they ask for it or not. The characters in Big mouth could definitely use someone like Pete.
9 Gil & Joe are constantly overworked and adorably incompetent
Anyone who has worked in an office will be able to identify with Gil and Joe, perhaps on a subliminal level. They don’t exactly hate their jobs, but they are constantly overwhelmed and it shows. Gil and Joe spend most of their time bickering about their respective wives and coming up with outlandish solutions.
This wacky pair doesn’t enter the narrative very often, but every second of screentime counts on Human ressources. Gil and Joe are adorably unable to do anything, including eating food from the break room fridge after a power outage – they eat half-spoiled dairy and fish, leaving salads untouched.
8 Doug and Donna Frederick are imperfect but extremely endearing
Doug and Donna are a perfect match, although the “illogical” nature of their relationship tends to bypass Pete’s rational brain. The Logic Rock fears that Donna will reject her boyfriend for his reckless overspending, but she actually decides to marry him.
Doug later develops marriage jitters and begins gorging himself on high-sugar treats, which inevitably draws Dante the addiction angel into the dynamic. Most people can identify with these two characters and their deeply human flaws.
seven Petra shows that even Gremlins of ambition like to be appreciated
Petra is a firecracker wrapped in a small green package. As Ambition Gremlin, she frequently explodes in a wave of excitement whenever her clients are given the opportunity to achieve their goals. Petra has a tendency to push too hard, which sometimes backfires, such as when she forces Nadja to choose education over her girlfriend.
On the other hand, Petra displays an unusually soft side, admitting that Hormone Monster Gavin “gets [her] juice flowing.” Even Ambition Gremlins like to be appreciated.
6 Amir El-Khoury is completely devastated by the death of his mother
Amir El-Khoury is a hardworking family man who enjoys taking care of his family, especially his elderly mother. He never fails to visit Yara at her nursing home, though she often forgets who he is. Walter the Lovebug reacts violently to Amir’s presence until the latter prepares a pot of rose tea for his mother.
Over time, Amir realizes that Yara’s health is not improving, but he refuses to face the prospect of losing her. Keith the Grief Sweater practically imposes himself on Amir, explaining that “the only way out [of grief] is over.” Yara’s death devastates Amir, a painful experience likely shared by many viewers.
5 Sonya Poinsettia’s impulsiveness and desire for affection is something viewers can relate to
Sonya Poinsettia is fired from her job at the start of Human ressources, arousing the curiosity of the public as well as his colleagues. She finally reveals the reason in “The Light,” and it’s far more endearing than you might expect.
Sonya meets a doula named Claudia, who is somehow able to sense her presence. The Lovebug is hesitant to take this potentially dangerous path, but she succumbs to the glow and lets Claudia into her life. Sonya’s impulsive habits and desire for affection is something viewers can relate to.
4 Emmy Fairfax learns to recognize the diversity of love
Emmy Fairfax begins her character arc on Human ressources like a frustrated Lovebug. She is afraid of doing her job badly, explaining why she seeks refuge in Dante’s welcoming arms. Emmy finds her new client far too demanding for her liking and ignores Becca as much as possible without drawing Corporate’s attention.
Despite her drunken stupor, Emmy ultimately guides Becca through her pregnancy. The Lovebug learns to recognize that love comes in a wide range of shapes and forms, even though she secretly thinks Becca’s baby looks like “Mr. Potato Head parties on a little baseball”.
3 Becca’s experiences as a working mother are deeply connected
As a high-flying lawyer with a newborn baby, Becca focuses her full attention on her baby and her career, leaving little time and energy for herself. She is grumpy, anxious and completely exhausted, a completely normal situation for someone with responsibilities.
Unfortunately, Becca’s inability to perfectly juggle motherhood and work leaves her more stressed than ever, allowing Depression Kitty access to her mind. Her husband Barry becomes her anchor, saying “he’s not going anywhere […] because he respects [her] so much.” Not everyone goes through postpartum mood swings, but audiences can certainly sympathize with Becca’s experience.
2 Despite his wizard-of-shame personality, Lionel St. Swithens is a bunch of insecurities like everyone else
When he first appeared in Big mouth, Lionel the Shame Wizard seems nearly invincible. He stalks Bridgeton Middle students for weeks, eroding their self-esteem and bringing their deepest fears to the surface. The children eventually channel their inner strength and revolt against Lionel, banishing him from the human world.
The Shame Wizard’s own insecurities are revealed in later seasons of Big mouth — far from being an overpowered entity, Lionel is a bundle of insecurities ready to explode. His character arc in Human ressources further demonstrates his gentle personality, making him less threatening and easier to relate to.
1 Nadja is forced to choose between two equally promising futures
Nadja and Danielle are deeply in love and hope to attend Rutgers University together as a couple. She receives a letter of acceptance from Berkeley, thus derailing her romantic plans. Nadja is forced to choose between two equally promising futures, ultimately choosing Danielle over Berkeley after taking Rochelle’s misguided advice.
His girlfriend doesn’t like that Nadja would rather sacrifice her dream college for a high school relationship. The pair have a massive fight and end up breaking up. Almost every scene in the Human ressources the episode “Rutgers is for Lovers” strikes a chord.
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