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Moral Orel: School Pageant

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 11th 2007 9:51AM

moral orel(S02E16) This was probably the most sitcomesque episode of Moral Orel so far; I think it could have played on network television without any issues, which is saying something for a series that has been challenged by the censors on more than one occasion.

But let's not confuse "sitcomesque" with "formulaic," because even if a plot centering on a school pageant has been done before, it hasn't been done in the super-pious town of Moralton, where everyone loves Jesus, and Christian folk bands tell folks to think with their heart and "put a motorboard on your aorta."

I enjoyed this episode, though in its effort to be straightforward I felt it missed out on the usual gags that make people like me laugh hysterically and other people change the channel in disgust. I know I've brought this up before, but the short running time was again probably detrimental the episode. Not only did they have to cram a plot into eleven minutes, they also had to cram in some musical numbers, too. When dealing not only with the main story, but also with a story-within-a-story, it's inevitable that certain things have to be sacrificed.

I thought the town's reaction to Orel's anti-Jesus song was a nice surprise. Rather than getting angry, they actual embrace his song because they admire him so much. I thought that was a lovely touch to an enjoyable, though perhaps not-as-laughter-inducing episode. Also, occasionally shifting the perspective to show a more "human" side of Moral Orel isn't a bad idea at all, I just wish the episode had more time to explore all the possibilities of that creative decision.

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Normally, I disagree with you on the idea of making MO longer, but I gotta admit, this time I would have liked to have seen more of not only the Musical, but of the contradictions the 'Jews for Jesus' brought up. Having Moral react to this would have been great. There was an opportunity for a lot of really funny humor there that a longer ep would have given them a chance to explore.

I did like the ending, though... with the 'oh, crap what did I do?' written all over Moral's face as the congragation sings the "I hate Jesus" song... it was brilliant.

June 11 2007 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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