Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on July 26, 2017

Eagleheart was Chris Elliott’s Adult Swim series about a U.S. Marshall named Chris Monsanto from about 5 years ago. In traditional Chris Elliott style, it is absurdist and has a low batting average, but really funny when a joke does land. Mostly surprise extremely violent stuff, but sometimes classic Chris Elliott type stuff (Chinese people aren’t real, a billion people just pretend that Chinese people is a real thing and everyone else buys it; women are into bad boys so the precinct scientist has an alter ego named Doc Shades; eating couch cushions and poker chips causes you to grow an evil hairball twin in your stomach).

Elliott plays the title role, Riggs from Cougar Town and this that guy are his partners, and Kinsey from Mad Men doing an Orson Welles impression is the captain in the first season, replaced by a really old That Guy after that (who eventually turns into a desk). It’s weird that I remember her as Riggs from Cougar Town when she only did a few episodes, and I’m struggling to remember any of the actual man characters’ names other than Bobby Cobb. Weirder: Riggs looked really hot in an episode where she went undercover as a depression-era shoeshine boy. I don’t know what that says about me, but it can’t be good.

After two seasons of one-and-done episodes, the third becomes really serialized. In a 10 episode season, 9 of which are 11 minutes, there’s a full 90 seconds of “previously on…” before the double-length finale. And then it concludes with possibly the darkest ending to a series I have ever seen. Pretty good, if you like that sort of thing.

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