Saturday, July 17, 2021

What I’m Watching: Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail (Season Premiere)

Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail: Season 3, Episode 1 “Hittin’ the Trail” (B+)

I’ve missed this show, and I honestly had no idea it was coming back for a third season until I see a billboard for it while driving around LA. I like that, once again, there’s a potential romance in store for Daniel Radcliffe and Geraldine Viswanathan’s characters, though the stakes are different in that he’s an old-fashioned reverend and she’s a typically ahead-of-her-time woman surrounded by unbelievably dumb men, including a husband played by Jon Bass, who in season two portrayed her brother. I’m also so happy to see Karan Soni as the bounty hunter who was easily tricked into having his photo taken so that they could free Benny the Teen, especially since he and Viswanathan anchored a wonderful comedy that played at Tribeca called “7 Days” that I would highly recommend. As usual, Buscemi is perfectly cast, and I like that he’s back to the more prominent kind of role that he had in season one, and that it comes with attitude and personality, plus no remorse for having killed many men, women, and children, most of whom didn’t deserve to die, much to Ezekiel’s chagrin. I enjoyed the minimal parody of the current pandemic with Ezekiel’s acknowledgment that no one was actually staying six feet apart even with cholera rampant and his unfortunate use of the phrase “Put your hands up where the sun don’t shine.” I like that this season will be on the move and that they can constantly encounter new places and scenarios, and I’m excited to see what humor lies ahead.

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