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Wonder Showzen: Clarence Special Report (finale)

by Adam Finley, posted May 19th 2006 11:04PM

wonder showzenIt has become clear from the last couple episodes of Wonder Showzen that the creators like to mess with people, whether it be people on the street or the people at home. Last week's episode, which was devoted entirely to a show-within-a-show called "Horse Apples," coupled with this episode which consisted of nothing but Clarence telling people on the street they could make better TV and then leaving the camera on them while they either stare blankly, pontificate, or get angry, both seem to stem from the same dadaistic mindset that made Andy Kaufman both hysterical and frustrating. This, I guess, is both a praise and critique of the show. On one hand, it's embracing the kind of "anti-everything" attitude a show like Wonder Showzen should have, but the gag doesn't feel especially new.

Stepping back and looking at this season as a whole, and disregarding the last two episodes, I think it was pretty solid, and if the show gets renewed for a third season, I would expect to see more great episodes with gags packed in so tight you have no choice but to watch episodes more than once to catch everything. I also expect more episodes like this last one, where they take a few risks and try something different so some guy can write some boring blog post about the philosophy behind it all. And honestly, I think that's great. Exceeding expectations is always cool, but when you flat out refuse to even try to meet expectations ... well, it doesn't make for great television, but I admire that kind of moxie.

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One of the worst episodes of the season, as far as I'm concerned. I understand that they were trying to tell off people who insisted that Wonder Showzen was poor television, but Your only annoying your fans! But I still love this show! I'll stick by it, but they better not keep this up.

Thought Horse Apples was Eh...

July 27 2006 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really disliked it to the point that I didn't even bother to watch the whole thing. Personally the Clarence bits are the lowest point of the entire show. I typically fast forward past them because... well... being a dick by harassing people on the street and then snicking about it just isn't funny, it's petty and juvenile.

July 03 2006 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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