Welcome to Great Overlord Golan the Insatiable!

Hello everybody! Today we have quite the interesting pick. I need to stop taking recommendations from friends, its Golan the Insatiable!

GOLAN THE INSATIABLE

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CREATED BY: Josh Miller

STARRING: Josh Miller, Mary Mack, Rob RiggleAubrey PlazaMaria Bamford, Rachel Butera, Matt Silverstein, Nick Rutherford

NO. OF EPISODES: 12

GENRE: Adult Animation

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United States

960Golan the Insatiable is a demigod warlord who reigned the dimension of Gkruool with an iron fist before he was banished to Earth by rebel forces. Golan ends up at the home of the Beekler Family in the town of Oak Grove, Minnesota, befriending the family’s goth-like daughter Dylan, who becomes his follower as he learns about Earth’s customs while causing havoc in Oak Grove as he plots to return to his world.

In the season two reboot of the series, Golan is summoned (by Dylan) to Earth, rather than banished there. He stays with her after finding out that his acolyte Kruung has overthrown him for control of Gkruool during his absence. Besides learning about Earth’s customs and causing havoc in Oak Grove, Golan plans to build up his power so that he can return to Gkruool and take revenge on Kruung.

GolanTheInsatiable_YNL204_1280x720_464458819579I seriously have to stop taking suggestions for series to watch from a handful of very certain people. This time though, they actually found a series I liked for the most part. The voice actors, while initially hard to not find annoying, grew on me as well as their characters. I am excluding Dylan’s sister, as she is just that annoying character written to be annoying as all hell. Golan’s character design is overly ridiculous, making him a casual ogre who really just doesn’t give a shit. Yeah, I think that works.

There are a number of drawbacks to Golan the Insatiable that are readily apparent, but I am just going to breeze through a handful of them. You can pretty much skip the entire first season of Golan, since the second season serves as a reboot. Instead of rebooting the series with new stories though, they take the longer 20 minute format (instead of the original 10 minutes from season 1) and expand on each the episodes. It initially bothered me, since three of the six episodes are just retellings from season one, but it made each episode even more ridiculous and over the top.

PROS:

  • ADHD.
  • Voice acting cast (for the most part)
  • animation.
  • Golan’s personality and character design.

CONS:

  • Season 1.
  • Season 2 reboot of 1’s stories.
  • Only three out of six episodes are new.
  • Longer format doesn’t always work, feels forced.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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Let’s Be Cops: When Dressing Up Gets Serious

Hello everybody! Today we have the most recent film starring a Wayans brother, Let’s Be Cops.

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STARRING: Damon Wayans, Jr., Jake Johnson, Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, Keegan-Michael Key

DIRECTOR: Luke Greenfield

GENRE: Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. The film opens with Ryan (Jake Jonshon) singing karaoke to Justin (Damon Wayons, Jr) in a pizza place. After the song, Justin explains that hes depressed that they’re both 30 year old losers, living in Los Angeles and maybe its time to go back to Ohio. Ryan doesn’t work and Justin is unhappy in his job as an assistant for a video game developer. Justin also has a crush on the waitress Josie (Nina Dobrev), but is too scared to talk to her.

Whatever else these two buddy “cops” may be, Justin and Ryan are fiercely loyal friends. For much of the movie, each accepts the other’s glaring character flaws. But they also eventually challenge each other to do better. While each one of the friends have different grips on reality, the characters are important in each others lives.

Co-writer/director Luke Greenfield (“Something Borrowed”) lets what few laughs there are land. Johnson’s timing is sharp, and Wayans has that Wayans way with dopey under-reactions to crazy situations.

If Let’s Be Cops were content to be simply an unfunny genre exercise, it would be easy to dismiss it and move on. But the sting of astoundingly ill-advised sexism and homophobia is harder to shake: Nearly all of the women depicted are callous bimbos, and facepalm-worthy scenes of gay panic run aplenty. At one point, Wayans’ character invokes the ”I’m too old for this s—t” rhetoric of Lethal Weapon‘s Danny Glover.

It should still be called out for what it is: a galactically inane, what-were-they-thinking misfire that doesn’t even care enough to get the buddy-cop movie formula right.

PROS:

  • Character friendships.
  • Cast timing on jokes.

CONS:

  • Too much stupid humor.
  • Sexism/homophobia.
  • Main cast performances.
  • Horrible example of buddy cop genre.

SCORE: 5.5 / 10

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