Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What I’m Watching: Eastbound & Down (Series Finale)

Eastbound & Down: Season 3, Episode 8 “Chapter 21” (B+)

It was hard to imagine how this show was going to end, yet somehow this conclusion summed everything up just perfectly. The opening scene with Seth Rogen was amusing, and his getting hit by a car was just what Kenny needs to get his shot in the major leagues. Storming into Andrea’s class proclaiming that it was something much more fantastic than a school shooting was bold, as always, and telling her that this was the breakup that really counted, highlighted by some biting revelations, was harsh but essentially just Kenny’s style. I was surprised that he seemed so eager to let Stevie go, relieving him of his duties as his assistant and giving him the right to name their child after him after confirming that Maria was in fact pregnant. Bringing Toby his pet hermit crab was a bittersweet goodbye, and it looked like Kenny really was leaving it all behind. Everyone cheering for Kenny in Texas was an unusual sight, and Kenny walking off the field because he couldn’t take it, unfortunately, wasn’t. Driving off a cliff and having his car explode was rather shocking, and the montage of everyone hearing the news, starting with a distraught Dustin, was appropriately moving. Leave it to Kenny to subvert death just to dye his hair blond and come back to April to start a family, having not processed the fact that he could just have had April and Toby come down to Texas to be with him while he played. It’s the perfect ending, and I’m so glad that this is where it’s all being left. This show truly was one-of-a-kind, and though season two got lost a bit in Mexico, this show never really lost its quality, and season three was a blast. I look forward to re-watching this show at some point – it’s been an unparalleled adventure.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Danny McBride
Series grade: B+
Series MVP: Danny McBride

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