Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What I’m Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7, Episode 3 “The Reunion” (B)

The highly anticipated start of the Seinfeld reunion wasn’t as fulfilling for me as I had expected, given all the hype. I suppose I’m not a dedicated “Seinfeld” fan because I’ve only seen selected episodes of the show over the year, so those who are devotees of the series will probably enjoy this episode a whole lot more due to the in-jokes about the famous characters and their disgruntled portrayers. Larry’s debate with Jason over the tip was pretty outrageous, and funny also because it’s likely that the character of George would have been likely to be the under-tipper making a big deal of the other guy giving more. There isn’t too much to laugh about with Michael Richards or Julia Louis-Dreyfus, partially because they just seem so annoyed to be bothered at all. It is nice to see Jerry Seinfeld, because his energy is just so entertaining, as well as his excitement at the project and running into Meg Ryan at the end of the episode. Larry’s anger over being given terrible seats at the game and having his call screened was amusing, but Larry’s fantasies are a little odd. Larry’s conclusion that telling the head of NBC that he might be dying and having him actually die would both be good for him was fun, but seeing so far into Larry’s mind was a bit much. It all comes down to the simple fact that Larry can’t ever leave well enough alone, asking for apologies and refusing to make them himself. It looks like everything else is on hold for the Seinfeld reunion – there’s only a momentary mention of (former?) supporting character Leon in this episode. Hopefully as the cast gets further into the Seinfeld reunion, it will all be worth it.

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