Saul of the Molemen: A New Friend (series premiere)
(S01E01) Well, I figured since I gave my opinion on Adult Swim's other new live-action series I should probably do the same for Saul of the Molemen, lest all of you suffer through life not knowing how I feel about it. Like I said in my review of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, don't expect me to review this one every week. Well, maybe I will.
Saul takes its look from Sid and Marty Krofft's series, especially Land of the Lost. The mixture of horrible but self-aware visual effects and props also reminds me of the inspired Mystery Science Theater 3000. When Saul spies on two Molepeople making love (which involves tentacles coming out of their torsos and a floating pineapple), he pushes the spongy red foliage out of the way using a squeegee, which I guess we're to assume is some kind of space age device.
I'll admit I wasn't floored by this first episode, but it had enough funny bits to make me want to check it out again. Also, Josh Gardner's portrayal of Saul as a geologist without even a shred of common sense mixed with the campy, straight-outta-the-'70s feel of the series has me thinking this could quickly become my new favorite show.
If Gardner looks kinda familiar, you might have seen him as Gerhard Reinke in Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust, which aired on Comedy Central in 2003 (check YouTube for episodes).
Also, that's Trey Parker singing the theme.