'Party Down' concludes with a Very Special Guest, plus 'Succession,' 'The Mandalorian,' 'Transatlantic,' the return of 'Dave,' and more
Lizzo and Jack Black were both well-cast and used really well but I was disappointed that Christopher Lloyd was essentially nothing more than the guy the Mandalorian Scooby Gang demasks at the end. He was so much fun in Nobody, he should have been given some better lines than a rambling speech about Count Dooku.
That said, I can't wait for them to "retake Mandalore" and get Din back to bounty hunting. I wonder if Bo-Katan will give him her ship after that happens (ship for a sword?), because this episode showed the value of Din having a larger ship that can actually hold things, like multiple characters discussing plans.
I didn't mind the dark saber stuff because I found the original premise (you must take it from them in battle) to be pretty stupid. How is it passed on from one leader to another? Does a younger Mandalorian have to kill the old chief? That's some retirement plan.
Dave's second episode was one of the best in its run and the first was one of the worst. That Scrotoguard thing was dumb and forced. The premise of the show still suffers from my disbelief that such a smart guy would make such dumb songs for dumb people and not have an existential crisis about it, when he's so neurotic about everything else in his life. I'm not really buying the man-child thing anymore when we're three seasons in and know he's smarter than this. But that's a problem with a lot of comedies based in the real world. How do you maintain the engine that made it funny when it no longer makes sense? Sitcoms never had this issue because we didn't expect Kramer to learn from his mistakes or Joey to get smarter. In the case of Barry, they've just kept getting darker and darker, perhaps because they felt they couldn't maintain the "amateur actor by day, hitman by night" engine, and they're probably right, but I don't know if turning the whole thing into a PTSD drama with an occasional joke was the way to go. We'll see how they wrap up Barry in this final season. Ditto for this season of Dave. (Maybe less about his penis?)
What's your realistic opinion on a chance for Party Down season 4?
Totally agreed about Dave. I thought these episodes were really firing on all cylinders, especially the second. I really hope Lil Dicky sticks to TV forever because his raps are much better and more tolerable with the show putting a hat on them.
Halfway through Beef and really enjoying it. I like that it’s something deeper and more emotionally complex than the escalating feud I was expecting.
Mando was just a blast. This season has a bizarre structure, but for the most part the individual episodes have been very enjoyable.
I’ve watched one episode of Beef and so far it’s making me very anxious! I have a hard time with shows where you know everything is going to go tits up, but I’ll stick with it!
The last scene of the Party Down season made me so happy. Casey!!! And they totally kept it under wraps. I don't think anyone knew it was coming. If there isnt a 4th season of PD, I'll be so sad, even though we were very lucky to get a 3rd season, which was a great bonus season.
Only 3/5ths of the way through Beef, but really enjoying it so far. I read everywhere that it was great, but I still didn't expect it to be so laugh-out-loud funny or go the places it's gone. Can't wait to finish it.
Dave is such a good show, so much better than I ever thought it would be when I started it, even though I loved Lil Dicky back then. It's very funny, naturally, but it continues to impress me with its depth and sense of pathos. The chaotic, on-the-move second episode was captivating and fantastic. I loved the ending of the music video. Can't wait to see what's coming this season on this road trip that I'm sure will be crazy and fun!