Monday, August 31, 2015

What I’m Watching: Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer: Season 1, Episode 5 “Dinner” (C)

This show continues to stray towards the more fully ridiculous, abandoning almost entirely any sense of seriousness and opting for the most ludicrous plotlines. This show also seems to feel the need to linger on one concept for an extended period of time, with Jonas’ hunt for Victor the biggest example in this episode. Jonas/Gene failing to see Victor when he was literally right in front of him was also absurd, and I guess I’m just not quite cut out for that type of humor which demands an enormous suspension of disbelief. Gail deciding not to marry Gene because Jeff showed up and voiced his objection was silly, but I suppose that’s just what had to happen. I’m continually not pleased with the direction that everything related to the play is going, with Claude attempting to rather unceremoniously seduce Susie, who doesn’t object too much since Ben is otherwise inclined and hasn’t given her much to write home about since they started the summer. I enjoyed the introduction of Michael Cera as the hapless lawyer who Beth and Greg seem to think is going to be able to help them take down the government and save the camp from certain destruction by toxic sludge. Lindsay didn’t have to try too hard to convince JJ to come with her into the woods to her next scoop, but he didn’t last long, and so Lindsay got the chance to meet Eric, played by Chris Pine, all by herself for just one brief appetite-whetting moment.

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