Monday, July 29, 2013

What I’m Watching: Wilfred

Wilfred: Season 3, Episode 7 “Intuition” (B+)

I’m not sure I could have dreamed up a better choice to play Ryan’s father than James Remar. The actor has been playing the dead father of serial killer Dexter Morgan on “Dexter” for the past eight years, haunting him with his outlook on life and his perception of his son’s situation, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen here. He appeared first in two troubling dreams, telling Ryan that he knew his darkest secrets, including Wilfred, and then staging an intervention with Kristen, Jenna, and Uncle Larry to get Ryan back in track. He was absent for the rest of the episode as it took a deceptive turn before that devastating finale. Wilfred quoting Martin Luther King was familiar but funny, and Wilfred’s black-and-white photos of people sitting on the toilet were both peculiar and a bit disturbing. Wilfred trying to convince Ryan that his neighbor murdered his wife when in fact it was Wilfred who set it up so that he would kill another dog was expected, and I enjoyed Wilfred’s short rant about how Scooby-Doo is the most racist character even invented. And then, as it does so well, this show got seriously dark at the end of the episode when Ryan ran into his father at the supermarket. It’s never easy to discern what’s real and what’s not on this show, but I suspect that this will be real enough for his father to show up in Ryan’s life again and start to question his mental state.

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