Letterkenny is one of those rare shows that pops up every few years, one that is obviously the passionate creation of a small group that happens to hit it big. Letterkenny was created by Jared Keeso and crew, and one that despite pumping out eight seasons (54 episodes) in four years has somehow managed to keep the momentum going and avoid the fate of becoming stale and repetitive.
As more production studios have gotten involved, it was only a matter of time before we had to ask: How long until Letterkenny gets ruined by big corporate trash. The answer? Littlekenny.
The first season of Littlekenny is insufferable and the entire season runs less than a half hour. It consists of child-versions of the main characters from the normal show, which is just a fancy way of saying that Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, and K. Trevor Wilson put on a grating high-pitched voice, stutter, and have a lisp. Wayne’s sister Katy is also in the show, but she doesn’t talk. Hopefully Michelle Myatt took one look at the premise and wanted nothing to do with it.
I wanted to make a joke about how production company Little Blackstone produces shit animation, but considering they created the cartoons for the Poopeez toy line, they literally produce shit animation. Littlekenny looks like it was commissioned for Nick Jr. but rejected for poor quality. It’s the kind of quality work you’d find in short animations on Colgate’s website promoting healthy brushing for kids.
The kind of jokes that might be funny in the main series are awkward and creepy coming from what are clearly grown men badly voicing children, like Dary talking about enjoying his aunt’s “milk jug hugs” or Wayne talking about getting in trouble for playing foursquare with Katy and telling his parents he slammed one in his sister’s box.
Which begs the question on who exactly this is for. The animation quality makes it look like a show for babies, but the characters constantly drop obscenities and incest jokes. It goes out of its way to establish a backstory for the show from Wayne meeting Dary and Dan, Dary’s first soft birthday, and how he got the nickname. It’s definitely not a show for kids but also nowhere near as well written as the main show. The whole season is 18 minutes long, but it is unbearable from the first line.
Jared Keeso’s Wayne doesn’t care much for kids in Letterkenny and after a season of Littlekenny neither will you.
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(Editor’s Note: Episode spoilers ahead, just the first couple minutes of each episode except where noted otherwise.)
I finally got around to watching the last half of the first season of Twilight Zone, admittedly a bad idea as I had just spent a long car ride listening to the Twilight Zone BBC radio dramas and had high expectations for where the second half of the season would take me.
With some faults the second half of the season was consistently better than the first, and actually has me wanting to see where the show goes for season #2. Which has been confirmed.
Thanks to my own habit for procrastination, we’ve managed to get through two episodes of the How About Notflix podcast before I got around to publishing them. The audio quality isn’t studio-level, but we’re working on that.
Check it out, and stay tuned for more episodes. We are looking at a new episode every Wednesday.
Now I’ve been around the block long enough to see a lot of comedy films and TV shows, and one thing I can say right off the bat with Astronomy Club is that it definitely subverts your expectations. Generally comedy films/shows have a habit of placing their best and in some cases only funny scenes in the trailer. Astronomy Club, judging solely from the trailer, looked like completely cringeworthy garbage. Imagine the worst Wayans brothers film and then multiply the suck by ten.
The show itself actually wasn’t that bad.
Safe to say there are large swaths of the internet that are not going to like Astronomy Club. It’s not that those people are automatically racist, it’s just that Astronomy Club is a show primarily focused around black humor and is mostly intended for audiences that relate to that kind of stuff. There’s a cultural element to the show’s line of comedy that a fair amount of people aren’t going to connect with and it’s not because they’re racist.
And then there’s racists who won’t like this show because the cast is almost entirely black. But those people won’t admit that’s not why they hate the show. They’ll whine about identity politics and anti-white racism, despite there having been a show by a comedy troupe literally called “The Whitest Kids You Know.”
There is an overarching plot, that being the actors involved in the sketch show are in a house for some reason but there’s no prize. Running gags make this the most consistently funny part of the show, like a bit where the actors make up some nonsense and follow it up with ‘and that’s why we’re called the Astronomy Club.’ James is the self-proclaimed leader and gets absolutely no respect from his housemates who routinely interrupt his confessional scenes. He also eats mayonnaise because he acts the whitest of the group.
As a sketch show from an improv group, it comes with the territory that not all of the sketches are going to be a hit. Unfortunately the sketches that don’t work seem to be the ones that the crew is intent on pushing the longest. Maybe it’s just because the show is only twenty minutes that each sketch feels so much longer.
The first season is six episodes at 20 minutes apiece, and you can power through the whole thing in two hours.
Magical Negro – Sketch centered around a rehab center for black characters in films whose only reason for existing was to help a white person. Funny, topical.
Robin Hood – Topical humor of a white Robin Hood robbing a rich black home and giving to the poor whites.
Dungeons & Dragons – Urban fantasy party sets off on a quest to a store across town to buy ingredients to make cheese grits. The end brings it all together.
Child’s Play – An adult takes questions on how he killed Chucky because he’s an adult and Chucky is a doll.
Auditions – A group auditions for an all-black film that still seems to be incredibly racist.
Gingerbread House – Gingerbread family gets murdered by children. There are no jokes.
Twilight Zone – “parody” of Twilight Zone, man sees a woman twerking on the wing of his plane. It goes too far to over explain the joke.
DJ Reparations – A DJ talks about reparations and racism until everyone leaves the dance floor. No jokes.
Date Night – A group of men and women independently talk about how hard it is finding someone who likes being rolled in a rug and trampled.
Good Ol’ Days – Old people reminisce about the old days, but they’re talking about being kids.
Disney? It’s me. I was hoping you could give Jon Favreau a bigger part in the Star Wars writing.
All too often in a series like Star Wars we see the events without the aftermath. The heroes fight the bad guys, get in a win, and move on to the next adventure. Nobody really sticks around to see what happens to Endor after the Empire’s big defeat, nor do we hear about what happens with the trillions of tons of debris being scattered around space after the Death Star is destroyed.
(Editor’s Note: Spoilers for Season One of The Twilight Zone ahead)
The Twilight Zone isn’t good, certainly not what the product of a long-dormant television show and the mind of Jordan Peele should be capable of producing. While some didn’t appreciate the political messages in his films like Get Out and Us, it’s hard to deny that they were well shot films.