Thursday, October 21, 2010

What I'm Watching: Bored to Death

Bored to Death: Season 2, Episode 4 “I've Been Living Like a Demented God!” (B+)

I love the way the characters on this show interact, and I don't think any other show can quite match the wacky fluidity of their relationships and the reliably irreverent nature of the bizarre personalities that are Jonathan, George, and Ray. Seeing Louis again and having him follow Jonathan on his case was a fun twist that hadn't before been explored on this show, and I enjoy the fact that Louis still doesn't like Jonathan and that the first thing he said to him upon having his life saved by Jonathan in his most manliest of maneuvers was that he would not have been a good professor at Midwood College. I laugh every time Jonathan tries to explain his dual career as private detective and writer, and the professor's less-than-impressed reaction to his chosen fields was very funny. Ray's surprising lucky streak based on the success of his comic book was entertaining, and Kristin Wiig was the perfect choice to play the peculiar woman who slept with him and then felt utterly out of place and disgusted with herself the following morning. Ray's run-in with Leah was about on par in terms of awkwardness with any of Jonathan's attempts to get Suzanne back last season (I would definitely love to see her again). George's storyline in this episode is brilliant, and it's Ted Danson's way of reacting to everything that really makes it work, evidenced by the quick shift from his delighted realization that having cancer excused his smoking pot to his horrified realization that he does in fact have cancer.

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