True Blood, The Big C and Wilfred.
Just some short write-ups this week, all of which are egregiously late.
I caught the first three episodes of FX’s zany new series Wilfred last week. It’s one of the oddest shows I’ve ever gotten the opportunity to see. Elijah Wood is Ryan, who seems to be something of a manic depressive and he forges a friendship with his neighbour’s dog whom he sees as a man – in a dog suit. As I said – difficult to explain. It’s going well so far, though. I’ve always liked Elijah Wood and this role encapsulates a great deal of his appeal.
The pilot opens with Ryan printing the fourth draft of a suicide note and as he attempts suicide on what are (unbeknownst to him) sugar pills the writing does much to examine this confusing man. The writers are doing much to reconcile Ryan’s view of Wilfred as a man in a dog suit with some of the more obvious dog actions is used for all the hilarity it could allow. Episode one ends with a riotous hook of Wilfred humping a teddy bear. Fiona Gubbleman as the girl-next-door is affable, but she’s being underused so far. Much more interesting is
Ethan Suplee who plays the neighbourhood jerk. He’s much better used here than he was in My Name Is Earl and watching his short-lived friendship with Ryan in episode three was nice.
There’s no telling where Wilfred is headed, but it’s nice seeing Wood have the opportunity to play such a character and Jason Gann is brilliant as the dog.
Episode 1: B+
Episode 2: B/B+
Episode 3: B+
True Blood: “You Smell Like Dinner” [A-]
[Writing B+; Directing A-]
The Big C: “Musical Chairs” [B+]
[Writing B+; Directing B+]
Cynthia Nixon in The Big C B+/A-
Elijah Wood in Wilfred B+
Jason Gann in Wilfred B+
Alexander Sarsgard in True Blood B+
Laura Linney in The Big C B+
Gabriel Basso in The Big C B+