So we start with Joel McHale all snarky after losing a respectable career, and bitterly forced to adjust to less worthy circumstances. He's surrounded by a bunch of quirky characters, looking down on them as his inferiors. If it lasts, he'll come appreciate them, petty squabbles and rivalries will turn out happily, and they'll function as a cohesive unit, replete with warm fuzzies. Nemeses will be foiled.
Feel familiar? The setup that worked so well in Community seems doomed to disappoint in this imitator. Animal encounters should offer a broader palette with more comedic potential than community college interiors, but the intro to this cast and the writers feeding them bodes ill for a long run. Trying too hard for too few laughs.
Some local animal control workers' lives are complicated by the fact that animals are simple, but humans are not. Leading the crew is Frank, an opinionated, eccentric animal control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the most well-read person in the room. In his past life as a cop, Frank tried to expose corruption in his department, but his efforts got him fired, leaving him cynical and curmudgeonly. Despite his rough exterior, he is blessed with an almost superhuman ability to understand animals.
March 10, 2023 at 02:02 AM