{TB Talks TV} The League Review: “Epi Sexy”

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Tweetable Takeaway: Pete tries to relive the best sex of his life.

Airtime: Wednesday at 10pm on FXX
By: Jeff Iblings, Contributor

 

Not even Raffi could save this episode of THE LEAGUE from mediocrity. He took a really good shot at it, but it was to no avail. At this point I’m ticking off the episodes one at a time waiting for my version of Christmas to arrive… the season being over. I know, a little negative, but if it weren’t for my commitment to review this show, I’d no longer be watching it.

This was another one of the episodes with way too many storylines crammed into it. You know something is amiss when the show ends in a karate duel for the affection of a woman between Raffi and a mentally handicapped guy. If the show hadn’t jumped the shark already, it sure as shit did it here.

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Raffi didn’t even really have a storyline in this episode. They just took a character from Jenny’s storyline, and slapped Raffi and him together to make, well … who knows what the hell that was. Whatever it was supposed to be was not pretty. Chalk this episode to the “make it up as we go along” category.

We start the show with Pete having sex with a woman who has a seizure during their lovemaking. It ends up being the best sex of his life, and he wants to recreate it again by trying to get her to seize while they have sex the next time. I know, when I read this aloud to myself it sounds like the worst idea for a character arc ever. It was.

Andre faking needing glasses just to look cool? Not something to base an episode on. It fell flat. Jenny lying to her kids that she can cook Chinese food for years, while all the time passing off take out as her own? Also lame. What’s going on? If you can’t fill out 13 half hour episodes with interesting story, for God sake whittle down the order to a manageable number you can craft story for. Is that so much to ask for?

When it comes down to it, this episode makes fun of epileptics, mentally handicapped people, Andre’s fashion sense, rape, and Jenny’s cooking. I’m still leaving a few things out, but you get the idea. They had way too many elements with way too little interest crammed into these 22 minutes, all without Ruxin being involved in the show at all. Where is he, back in Korea for the third time this season?

Sure Jenny got her daughters entire class high when she cooked with Taco’s weed instead of Asian spices, but I wish I had been high while watching this. Though even that may have not been enough to help me enjoy this episode.

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For six months out of the year Jeff is holed up in his home with nothing to do but shovel snow, watch television, write, and dream of warmer climates.
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