Monday, January 11, 2021

The Great North - Sexi Moose Adventure

The series premiere of The Great North has a Bob's Burgers feel which makes sense as the series is the brainchild of longtime Bob's Burgers's writers and producers Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux. "Sexi Moose Adventure" introduces us to the Alaskan family the Tobins on the 16th birthday of of Judy Tobin (Jenny Slate). The family also includes her father Beef (Nick Offerman), her brothers Wolf (Will Forte), Moon (Aparna Nancherla), and Ham (Paul Rust), and Wolf's fiancé Honeybee (Dulcé Sloan). The conflict of the first episode focuses on Beef's inability to deal with change, whether it be his wife running away or his daughter getting a job at the mall. There's also a wacky hunting of a moose through the woods which gives the episode its title.

The Bob's Burgers-ish clone has some moments but certainly needs to continue to flesh-out its characters if it hopes to having any staying power. Giving Judy an imaginary friend of Alanis Morissette (who is actually played by Alanis Morissette) is one of many odd choices here which may eventually have a payoff given enough time. I like the inclusion of Honeybee as an outsider who can comment on the family she plans on joining, although we don't see much of that yet. It's also a bit unclear, given his obsession with his wife but also sudden interest in Judy's new boss, how big a role Megan Mullally will play on the show.

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