Sunday, March 12, 2023

Take Three: History of the World Part II

History of the World Part II: Season 1, Episode 3 “Part III” (B+)

I would hardly describe this as a particularly mature show, since there are certainly many infantile sequences that I guess are meant to show that people were capable of indulging in dumb, basic humor all through history. I did enjoy getting to see one of Ike Barinholtz’s costars from “The Afterparty,” Sam Richardson, as Watson crank-calling Alexander Graham Bell mere minutes after he completed the first telephone call. Jack Black as destitute dreamer Joseph Stalin was fun too, and he got a great musical number. Seth Rogen as Noah who took three of one type of dog (don’t tell God) was entertaining, as was their choice to eat his daughter-in-law played by Jessica St. Clair since she was more of a cat person. Tyler James Williams as Mason Dixon was a treat, and it’s always good to see Tim Baltz from “The Righteous Gemstones” playing a dim-witted character with all the right intentions. Harriet Tubman’s subway-like Underground Railroad was considerably less dark than Barry Jenkins’ vision, and it’s a wonder these idiotic soldiers made it there at all. Freud’s Masterclass advertisement was a humorous send-up of the often absurd and questionable leaps that therapists often make in connecting certain statements with other tendencies. With a forbidden romance on the horizon between a Romanoff influencer and a Jew who looks nothing like his father Shmuck, this episode closed with a terrific medley about missing foreskin, lox and herring, and an amusing send-up of the often confusing specifics of the Russian Revolution.

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