I’ve recently started to listen to Sklarbro Country as a way to fill time that would have otherwise been occupied by ESPN, as, well, it’s still March, and you don’t have to look far to find what grinds my gears about that fact. Anywho, in one of the podcasts, Patton Oswalt started to discuss how being the first to hate something is cool these days, and well, all honesty, for a long time now I’ve thought that’s what The A.V. Club was all about.
The “first to shit on the prize wins” kind of concept, ya know, and they really didn’t do much to change my thinking with their review of David Krumholtz’s guest spot on “Raising Hope” this week.
For the first time, I think ever, I was actually in front of the TV, not called away at the last minute or stuck in traffic, but actually ready and waiting to watch this week’s episode of the newest addition to the Garcia-verse. In part because the stars were aligned “just so”, but also because of Krumholtz’s guest appearance on the show–
I should explain–I’ve been following him on Twitter for quite some time now, and his drunken revelry and tweet regret are the type of giggle-inducing entertainment that you really…just can’t buy.
That said, a man whose turn as the Doctor-murdering Paul Sobriki in “ER” secured the transition for him, in my mind, from child actor to “serious” actor, he became slightly hard to watch in serious roles. As much as there is the line between fantasy and fiction, I was at a point in my life where I was still able to receive tweets through my text inbox and still be able to use my phone for well, life. I would be struggling to find something to watch and end up settling on say, “Numb3rs”, and then, a few minutes into it, look down when my phone dinged and read something about farts. Or booze. Possibly farts and booze. It kinda killed the seriousness at hand of the show, no one’s fault but my own, but given the choice between getting a grip on my Twitter addiction enough to put it down to watch a TV show or stop trying to watch serious shit when Twitter fun is to be had? The latter wins out. Every time.
So, I was beyond amped when I read that Krumholtz would be doing a guest spot on “Raising Hope”. I’ve adored the show for a while now thanks to a random suggestion on Get Glue, and, well, comedies don’t require one to “Put Twitter Down”, so I busted my ass to make sure my day went smoothly enough to watch it on time. Not have to wait til fucking Wednesday to get my Chance on.
And so I watched. And it was glorious. The over acting of the blind character he portrayed was pretty damn funny. His super power like hearing even funnier.
It certainly wasn’t the subtle choice, but given this show’s unlikely premise of a one night stand with a serial killer producing an adorable, but possibly evil offspring that a lower class family has to then raise, a lower class family, that, it needs to be said, in this very episode, can’t even afford the Sunday paper, so the only solution is to script, and put on a performance, (Complete with costumes!!), of what the Sunday Funnies might have been–it’s quite frankly, the obvious choice.
This show isn’t about the subtlety. It’s just a funny show, and sometimes funny isn’t subtle.
Side note: I really think people that hate TV shouldn’t strive to make a career out of writing about TV. Now you’re just being a dick.