Sunday, July 27, 2014

What I’m Watching: Wilfred

Wilfred: Season 4, Episode 6 “Patterns” (B)

Watching this show is definitely captivating, but it’s hard to know where reality ends and this show begins. It’s near impossible to comprehend just what is going on, and to know how satisfyingly this show will end in just a few weeks. The absence of the token post-credits scene during which Wilfred and Ryan would smoke pot together is disconcerting enough, and now we’ve gone well beyond a basement not existing into something far more disconcerting. Ryan is doing his very best to keep Jenna out of his life despite her frequent attempts to reach out to him and try to connect romantically. Meanwhile, he’s busy hunting for answers about his father and his mysterious partner, and encountering something far more malicious in the process: Bruce. No longer is the game-loving enigma portrayed by Dwight Yoakam, and instead it’s the brilliant Billy Baldwin in the role, soaking up all the absurdity of his character. Ryan’s discovery that he is in fact a dog and may just be Krungle the Trickster God was startling and cleverly done, but then we had the subsequent scene in which Bruce was back in his regular form and didn’t actually have makeup on covering up his dog suit. It’s hard to know what comes next, and it’s agonizing to watch Ryan take pride in every small discovery only to realize that things are not at all what they seem. If he hasn’t gotten there already, he is gradually continuing to lose his grip on what is real and what was ever real.

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