Tuesday, December 21, 2021

MacGruber - A Good Day to Die

Originally conceived as a series of sketches for Saturday Night Live, the MacGyver-inspired spoof MacGruber eventually became a feature film in 2010 which was quickly forgotten by all but its most die-hard fans. Now MacGruber is back with a new series on Peacock. Picking up years later, MacGruber (Will Forte) has spent a decade in prison but is released for a suicide mission to exchange for the President's kidnapped daughter which he'll eventually get around to after stopping in to see a few familiar faces.

The first episode opens with a summary of events so far, set to music as sort of a ballad to the fallen hero, in the episode's best sequence. From there, its mostly full of scenes involving our lead acting like an ass before eventually being turned over to terrorists. There's a reason why sketch comedy doesn't average 30 minutes as the premise gets thin awfully quick. MacGruber also suffers from the same issues of Family Guy in needing to beat a joke to death, over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again before moving on to the next gag. Fans will no doubt be pleased by the throat-ripping hero's return, but there's nothing new here other than more chances for Will Forte to act like an ass.

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