Posts Tagged ‘Bored to Death’

Boy, this has been an awfully incesty TV season, huh? More incesty than I would have necessarily expected at the start of the year. I can say that.

Mostly HBO. Like, ¾ HBO. Even less, if it turns out there’s some surprise twist to 2 Broke Girls that makes that thing a LOT more interesting.

I mean, on Game of Thrones, you’d have to be Ned Stark a bit dim not to figure all the conspicuously blonde people were sibling-banging (I kid, Ned, I kid), but that’s a medieval fantasy show. You gotta prepare yourself for that sort of business.

And sure, once it became clear the ongoing arc of this season of Bored To Death was “Jonathan’s search for the sperm bank where he came from,” you could make the leap that SOMEWHERE there might be an incest joke.

But Boardwalk Empire? Dexter? It was a little more fun when we in the audience made incest jokes for fun to mock Jennifer Carpenter’s acting alleviate boredom or tension. When the thing we’re picking on tries to act like they’re in on the joke too, that’s just…weird. LET US BULLY YOU, TV SHOWS.

Now, I am not a TV EXPERT…though I AM a man who watches a lot of TV that does not involve surgically-waterproofed rich housewives. So I feel confident in saying that 2011 was probably the most incest-heavy season of television since…well, I guess since Arrested Development was on the air.

Though maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there was a really weird night at the Keaton household on a very special, very uncomfortable episode of Family Ties.

All I know is I don’t want to do a further Google search on any of this.

Odd that two shows I really enjoyed this past week – one returning, one new – both involve unlicensed detectives. Let’s take them one by one and find what makes them worth a watch:

Bored to Death

Bored To Death feels a lot like an idea I might have had when I was 15 – “A novelist becomes a detective using skills gleaned from other detective books” – but even then would’ve dismissed as being a little too masturbatory and painfully meta.

And the pilot was exactly that. Throw in a couple of moments of severely fucked up ethics on the Jonathan Aimes character and I was pretty put off by the whole thing.

I gave it another shot on the urging of FoTQ Tad, and was pleasantly surprised. Because a couple episodes in, it started feeling like a 15-year-old’s concept for a show – in the best way.  (more…)

Bored to death 1The pilot episode of “Bored to Death,” HBO’s new comedy/detective show starring Jason Schwartzman, is like being winked at by a stranger: I feel like I’m supposed to already “get” the show’s humor, even though it is completely unfamiliar material I’ve been subjected to.

This feeling starts with the fact that the lead character is an author named Jonathan Ames, after the author (and series creator), Jonathan Ames, leading me to feel like I was supposed to have done some reading beforehand, but was absent from HBO-class when it was assigned.