Episode Commentary: Escape From the Dungeon
Season two of “Bored to Death” wastes no time in delivering the goods, as Jonathan’s newest case, Ray’s break-up and George trying to keep his magazine alive all drive this kooky, but fun season premiere.
After beginning to teach night school after his second book is rejected, Jonathan feels like he’s hit rock bottom. However, after beginning a new case, he quickly forgets about his troubles.
That isn’t the case for though Ray, who is on the last leg of what looks to be a dead-end relationship. Always able to spice things up, Zach Galifianakis does a great job of providing a nice balance between the wit of Schwartzman and Ted Danson’s character in this episode, providing plenty of laughs.
What originally starts off as slow in this season premiere builds up quite nicely. In the span of about five or six minutes, we see Jonathan stuck in the middle of a case gone wrong, in a board meeting trying to salvage what’s left of his magazine and stuck in his own sorrows. Because of this, it’s an episode that feels more like a tease, as all the action is back loaded towards the end.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what comes out of this mess. Jonathan and company seem to have taken their shenanigans to the next level this season and have started off in impressive fashion.
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