Monday, February 17, 2020

What I’m Watching: Miracle Workers: Dark Ages

Miracle Workers: Dark Ages: Season 2, Episode 3 “Road Trip” (B+)

It’s very clear that the only two intelligent people on this show are Al and Lord Vexler, and neither of them get much credit for their manifestation of original and productive ideas. Vexler got in the king’s good graces when he suggested a tax workaround involving claiming the peasants as his dependents, and that set him up pretty well. Being forced to bring Chauncley along with him to sign the diplomatic treaty seemed like a real punishment, but unfortunately he misread the situation and thought that the bro bonding Chauncley did with Prince Ya-Shayn was unproductive rather than exactly what was needed. It was nice to see Chauncley grow a lot and take the blame for the failure of the treaty, even going so far as to praise Vexler’s handling of the situation so that it didn’t get worse, something that didn’t seem like it would work when the king asked for clarification on just what happened. I did enjoy the human party playlist, though the closing black-and-white bummer remix was quite creepy. Eddie bringing Al with him to the convention totally upended his feeling that he was a trailblazer in his industry, and his resistance to the notion of the hole was strong. Planting snakes in the holes of his previously loyal customers was devious, and fortunately the whole experience ended up as a way for him to learn more about how the holes can work and to expand his business to removing snakes from holes and all that.

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