Monday, February 10, 2020

What I’m Watching: Miracle Workers: Dark Ages

Miracle Workers: Dark Ages: Season 2, Episode 2 “Help Wanted” (B)

I almost forgot about this show’s regular time slot after seeing the first episode of the season at the Sundance Film Festival a few weeks ago, but fortunately I remembered just in time to post this review before episode three airs tomorrow night. I wasn’t entirely sure about the reframe of this show after its first season focus on God and his do-gooder minions, and there’s definitely an air of stupidity very prevalent in this new setup. I understand that the idea is to mock how stupid people can be, like Al giving the right scientific answer to a question only to be told that the true trivia response is something much more unbelievably inane that’s not even close to right. Getting a job as a doctor was a big score, but unfortunately she was too honest to turn that into the legitimate medicine it could have been, only managing to stop her totally incompetent boss from telling people to cut off and eat body parts to cure things like the common cold. I can tell this is going to be a cyclical and frustrating season, one filled with moments like Al being told that she made others jealous before getting relentlessly mocked just a short time later. Mikey was all too willing to give up his prized duck when Vexler suggested that Chauncley lie to him, and the idiotic prince grew just a little bit when he realized that he’d have to be the one to dealt with his guilt rather than ordering someone else to do it for him. Concluding that the best thing to do with his two coats was to carry one wasn’t quite the same accomplishment, but it’s minor progress. On the guest star front, I immediately recognized actor Jamie Demetriou from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” by his voice when he was interviewing Al about her big exposé.

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