Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What I’m Watching: Bored to Death (Season Finale)

Bored to Death: Season 2, Episode 8 “Super Ray Is Mortal!” (B+)

As this season comes to a fun and unfortunate end, I bid a sad goodbye to one of TV’s most subtly hilarious comedies (only until next fall, of course!). I’m not sure I’ve done Ted Danson justice, since he’s absolutely terrific in his role as George, and nothing demonstrates that better than his therapy session in this episode. Of course, quitting his job so that he doesn’t have to go to rehab is pretty extreme, and so next season will likely find the rich man slumming it with Jonathan and participating more actively in cases with him. I loved the fact that Louis actually was trash-talking Jonathan during his interview since it makes the usually paranoid Jonathan seem a bit more normal, and it also just ended up being really funny. I wonder whether Nina will stick around next season as a more regular player or if Jonathan will take George’s advice and oust her now. I’ve enjoyed having her around, and this show could use some stable female presence. Well, then there’s Leah, who seems to have returned to having great affection for Ray, even if he had to get stabbed in the shoulder with an exacto knife to make it happen. Hands down, my favorite line of the episode was Jonathan’s comment that it was weird to have two things happen at the same time, like when there were two Capote movies released (I saw both; the one you’ve heard of is better). In any case, this show is wonderfully irreverent and entirely enjoyable, and I’m eagerly looking forward to season three.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: All three guys

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