Joker’s New Season Updates

I give a quick review of shows that have new seasons out which I have reviewed previously. Letterkenny, Sabrina, Cobra Kai, etc.

Letterkenny (Season 9) – Hulu

The US is not on fire in this shot, and therefore is inaccurate.

If you aren’t watching Letterkenny, there’s not much I can tell you other than you are missing out on one of, if not the, funniest shows on television. Despite how long the show has been going, the clever writing and great performances never fail to keep me laughing the whole time. It’s absolutely amazing how hard this show subverts the idea of rural people being idiots and does it in an honest way. Then again, it’s Canada.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 4) – Netflix

Wow, this got really mutilated when I posted it originally. Still too lazy to re-do it.

Sabrina comes to a strong conclusion by having the lead character face off against the 8 Eldritch Terrors, 8 monsters pulled straight from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft. It changes a lot of the dynamic of the show since it focuses less on her trying to balance her mortal and witch lives, but it allows the series to really start swinging for the fences and some of those attempts pay off. It helps that they finally do the straight throwback to the original sitcom, in one of the funniest episodes of the series. It does feel like the ending is a bit rushed and a little odd, but I don’t know how much it was forced by Covid. Either way, it was a pretty good ending to the series.

Cobra Kai (Season 3) – Netflix

There is no fear in this dojo.

There is no fear in this dojo and there is no quit in this show. Despite changing networks, the Karate Kid continuation just keeps switching up the character dynamics in believable ways and ends up delivering a season worthy of the name. It does play up the reality of having dueling “karate gangs” in the year 2020, namely that it’s freaking ridiculous. It also manages to deal with the Karate Kid sequels in a way that makes me almost not dislike them. Impressive.

The Haunting of Bly Manor (Season 2…kinda) – Netflix

Jean Jackets are a thing in this time period.

I realize this is technically not a second season of The Haunting of Hill House, but it feels like it is. What the Haunting of Hill House nailed in terms of terror and gruesome imagery, this season… mostly missed. The story, however, is just as strong and the performances are solid. It also pulls in more stories than just the main narrative and it helps to keep the show a bit more compelling. It’s still a little slow, but if you can deal with that, you’ll like it.

Transformers War for Cybertron Trilogy: Earthrise (Season 2) – Netflix

There will be oil. Because that’s Tranformer blood. Get it?

Much like the first season, this is a very dark adaptation of Transformers. It still suffers from a lack of actually explaining backstories, but it does a hell of a lot better than last season, where I felt like I’d have been lost if I hadn’t watched Transformers as a kid. However, this season does have a lot of great character moments. If you only were okay on the last season, this one will be a step up. If you liked the last season, you’ll love this one.

Hulu Review: Letterkenny – One of the Funniest Shows on TV

Canada has brought us a comedy show so good I have almost forgiven them for Bryan Adams.

SUMMARY

There are 5000 people in Letterkenny. These are their problems.

Letterkenny, Ontario is a rural town populated by a variety of subcultures. The show focuses on the Hicks: Wayne (Jared “The Next Wolverine” Keeso), his sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), his best friend Daryl (Nathan Dales), and his other best friend Squirrelly Dan (K. Trevor Wilson). Wayne and the hicks run the local produce stand and regularly scrap and drink with many of the locals, ranging from the Hockey Players Reilly and Jonesy (Dylan Playfair and Andrew Herr) to the local drug dealers Stewart and Roald (Tyler Johnston and Evan Stern) to the bartender Gail (Lisa Codrington) to fellow hicks the McMurrays (Dan Petronijevic, Melanie Scrofano, and Kamilla Kowal). Stuff happens, funny things are said and done.

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Yes, they always stand just like this.

END SUMMARY

I could honestly have described every single episode plot of this show in depth and I would still not consider it spoiled, because the dialogue and the characters are the entire point of the show. This is one of the wittiest shows I’ve watched in a while, mostly because almost everyone in the series is enamored with the English (and occasionally French) language, playing with it as much as they can. Almost every single conversation is an exploration of puns, references, witticisms, and creative colloquialisms. They are so fond of coming up with slang terms for various things that the fan page has a literal guide to Letterkenny slang. Admittedly, some of them are just Canadian terms that an American like myself just doesn’t hear much (like the Caesar being the Great White Northern counterpart to the Bloody Mary), but the amount that the show comes up with is still prodigious.

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An average episode has 100 puns in 22 minutes.

Part of what makes this show work is that it captures some elements of small town life that most shows just never get. Or, at least, what small towns were like before the prescription drug epidemic took over in the mid-90s. It’s notable in the show that, despite the number of drugs that some of the characters are shown doing, there basically never is a reference to oxycontin or barbiturates. Pretty much everyone is shown to be heavy-drinking, smoking, and often have used other drugs in the past, however. Basically, Letterkenny is a lot like a small US town in 1994. Local sports are a big thing, people shoot the sh*t on porches a lot, everyone has weird traditions that they work to keep up, and there are random “scraps” where two people will fight just to determine which of them is tougher. Part of the show deals with Wayne attempting to preserve his reputation as the “toughest guy in Letterkenny,” something he upholds adeptly.

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If you grew up in a small town, you knew someone with a birthday tradition that went too far.

Another thing the show has going for it is that it isn’t afraid to try new, and sometimes random, changes to the format and characters. For example, one season features the hicks starting their own cable access show, then abandoning it when they get bored. One season features the local hockey team folding and the women’s hockey team becoming the focus. The show rarely gives much of an explanation or set-up for these things, instead just saying that’s how it’s going to be. Since the characters usually move on quickly, the audience does too.

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And then they decided this wasn’t worth it and left. True story.

The show rewards diligent viewing by having a number of running gags, which perfectly fits it as a streaming show. One of my favorites is that the Hicks cannot just say “to be fair,” without everyone harmonizing. It’s also one of the most quotable shows out there right now and I find myself doing it frequently. 

Overall, I really just recommend this show. Like many shows, I don’t think it really started to find its stride until the second season, but the first season is still pretty good.

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