Thursday, September 1, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Reno 911!: The Hunt for QAnon

Reno 911!: The Hunt for QAnon (B)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode of “Reno 911,” but I was enticed by a parody of QAnon as the subject of this Emmy-nominated TV movie since their tenets are just so absurd that they’re practically begging to be mocked. It doesn’t seem like too much context for the preceding series is necessary to enjoy this, since I imagine there’s not much explanation for why Lieutenant Dangle wears shorts while everyone else wears pants and other inconsistent lunacies that make this law enforcement squad what they are. I do like Wendi McLendon-Covey and I’m glad that she got a big role here as Deputy Johnson, who was extremely drawn in by Patton Oswalt’s Ron and still attracted to him after he tried to kill everyone. Having Oswalt be a part of any project is always a boon, and he didn’t disappoint here. I also love the idea that RuPaul is Q, and that most of their marching orders come from toys they don’t understand how to use. While some of the comedy is just too silly and broad for my tastes, I did like that pretty much everyone on the boat was actually law enforcement there to catch the real adherents, and I was also amused by the widespread desire for people to claim to be Q since they think that gives them more credibility. This movie was fun enough but doesn’t particularly make me want to go and catch up on the show, but I’ll happily watch more of it if future installments are Emmy-nominated.

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