Thanks to the ongoing problems, many people stayed over the holidays instead of returning to their hometowns. To me, that meant not fighting in LAX to get hold of two flights to get me halfway across the country just to rent a car and drive to my hometown for the last two and a half hours (Pop 2000) Even without global health concerns, I might not have made it back to my family thanks to a late-breaking Christmas storm that left the area a quagmire of ice and snow that my skin, thinned from years of living in California, would never have may have resisted
And yet, with the release of Season 9 of Hulu’s “Letterkenny”, I’m far less homesick than one would expect given the circumstances
For the uninitiated, the sitcom began life as a YouTube series titled “Letterkenny Problems” before being included on a TV show that premiered on Crave – a Canadian OTT streaming service – but first when the show hit Hulu in 2018, “Letterkenny” hit America’s radar, another comedy series that messes up small-town life in Canada. See Also: “Schitt’s Creek”
But “Letterkenny” is a far cry from “Schitt’s Creek” The humor is grosser, the atmosphere more rural and the stereotypes more severe, but every element is carried out with great impact, resulting in a whole that manages to be, subversive, surprising and being silly funny.The show’s acumen at uncovering the insides of a very small town comes straight from creator and star Jared Keeso, who used the show’s fictional location on his own hometown at around 7000 people based
That’s all well and good, and if it sounds fascinating, all nine seasons of the show can be streamed on Hulu, but don’t start with season 9, what do fans want from a show when it hits its ninth season? Certainly something different from a first-time audience to the show, but is it enough to keep superfans getting more of what they know and love, or do we expect long-running shows to still keep evolving, no matter how long they run?
Season 9 of “Letterkenny” chooses the former with mixed results The series’ YouTube roots have never been more evident than last season, which feels more like a series of largely independent vignettes than a cohesive collection of Episodes All of the elements that make the show great are there: the Hicks (Farmers), the Skids (Goth Druggies), the Hockey Players (self explanatory), the Natives (members of a local First Nation tribe) that is funny, if occasionally involved Pun persists, as does the equal opportunity to exploit / explore / appreciate hot people, as well as the show’s unwavering sex-positive, female-empowered, LGBTQ-friendly vibe, there’s so much to love about the show, even when it’s the weakest, but Boy, it sure is better when it is better
The season begins with the conclusion of the events of the season eight finale, with the citizens of Letterkenny gathering in support of Katy (Michelle Mylett) after finding out her boyfriend was stepping on her and taking the lead of brother Wayne (Keeso) engaged in an epic slow-motion battle for their honor as they prevail, Katy announces her plans to burn the earth and turn the pain away, and the entire plot largely disappears after a few episodes
This is the ultimate failure of the entire season as there is a feeling everywhere that there is no real interest in moving a story forward and that there is much more interest in having playful conversations between personable characters in scenes that regularly last for 90 years To rewind seconds too long The lack of plot progression was so confusing that I wondered if maybe I was wrongly remembering the series and that this had been the extent of story development in previous seasons. But in the season nine finale, “Letterkenny leaves.” “A number of fascinating narrative choices are made at the same time, which wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, except that most of the storylines come from storylines last discussed a few seasons ago.
Again, the meandering pace might just roll off the backs of loyal fans, but a certain level of concern remains because while “Letterkenny” has just completed its ninth season, those seasons are short and the show is only 61 episodes in That Are less than five seasons if the show takes the form of a typical 13-episode American cable comedy, things are definitely moving slower in the country, but maybe the story shouldn’t be one of those things
Despite all of the perceived shortcomings of season ninth, “Letterkenny” still captures something seldom seen on TV, in the US, or otherwise, it’s an accurate depiction of rural life, good or bad, loyalty and loyalty the gossip, the private dramas and the public explosions, the careful restoration of a way of life alien to so many but familiar to so many of us. Letterkenny, the city, is both worse and better than your hometown. The cliques are more severe and there seems to be a lot more physical violence going on, but when characters seem narrow-minded about how a person takes care of their truck, they are far more liberal and open-minded on social issues than my little town ever was I would bet if small towns more like Letterkenny, more people would want to live in them, not less
In the fifth episode of the season, “Sleepover”, there is a moment that is just a series of shots from the snowy streets of a small town in the middle of the night. The houses are tightly closed, lights are shining from their frosted windows, every house is full of people crouching against the cold and dark, every one sits as a guard and waits for the night. It was like home
No matter how slow or meandering “Letterkenny” gets, there will always be something worth going back for, even if it’s just the familiar chatter of people you used to know and talk about the same things about they have always talked and spend the time in the pleasure of each other’s company. The series will forever be a small town that I never want to escape
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