Con Man Season 2: Continuing the Laughs with Alan Tudyk (Review)

Screen shot of Con Man Season 2

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion are back for the second season of Con Man. The tale of the “also ran” actor, aka Wray Nerely and his best buddy, Jack Moore “superstar” is continuing. Watching the first four episodes it is clear that the laughter quotient has increased exponentially.

There really is very little that we can reveal without entering spoiler territory, but suffice to say, Wray is still having difficulty living down the specter of “Spectrum” (The Firefly of this universe.).

The show’s star, Moore (Fillion) is working hard to bring the popular television series to the big screen. (This was part of the plot in season one.) Moore is focusing his efforts on reuniting the show’s cast while Nerely is still trying his best to avoid revisiting his past performances on the series.

There are some splendid cameos in the first four episode’s.  Dr. Ken regular Jonathan Slavin makes the most of his role as Wray’s agent. Returning season one regular Mindy Sterling returns to take up the reins of control, for her convention client and she is just as hysterically funny this time around.

In this second season times are hard in the “entertainment industry” and Wray’s romantic life is suffering as well.  Agents prove to be fickle in terms of loyalty to their clients and we learn that stuntmen do not get paid if they do not perform.

Tudyk continues to show that he has a definite flair for comedy, and not just the physical aspects of the job either. Tucker and Dale vs Evil, a tale of such dark hilarity that fans want to see it repeated in the guise of a sequel, proved that Alan has got comic chops for days.

(The actor has other comic roles but none were as nuanced as his character in the “Evil” film.)

Fans of Con Man season one will remember that Vimeo streamed the story of Wray’s uncomfortable life on the convention trail.  The second season has moved to Comic Con Hq and there will be a launch on December 6 over at the Paley Center in Los Angeles.

There will be a load of familiar faces. Geek pinup Felicia Day, video game actor Nolan North (who has featured in more video games than Carter has little pills) and Alan Tudyk, as well as a plethora of other stars, will be having a panel discussion about the new season.

It should be noted that Casper Van Dien and Mark Hamill will also be attending the special event.

Season two of Con Man delivers the same quirky and irreverent humor as the first season and promises to be even funnier. Nothing is sacred. From Brazilian waxing to other assorted attacks on the nether region, the comedy comes fast and furious with all the major players mercilessly taking part in self parody.

There appears to be another 13 episodes this time around and the show will most likely follow the four show format. (Last season featured releases of four episodes at one time, until the season ended.)

Since the plot line includes Jack Moore’s determination to make a feature length film of Firefly Spectrum, one can imagine that all the players will return.

Fans of Con Man will enjoy this newest installment of the series which premieres 8 December on Comic C0n HQ. Check out the trailer below and see if this second season tickles your funny bone.

Lethal Weapon: Can I Get a Witness – Cheese Puffs (Review)

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In this episode of Lethal Weapon learn more about Riggs and Dr. Cahill.  In fact, “Can I Get a Witness” shows us why Martin Riggs is so endearing. The cheese puffs, which he very seriously uses to crack the star witness, Ethan, reveal a childlike side to the detective.

It is this side, which allows Dr. Cahill to be the adult in this small screen scenario. In the films, Cahill was the immature and easily fooled child to Rigg’s “adult.”  The change in the relationship status allows for a more fulfilling dynamic between the two and allows Cahill to be Rigg’s equal, and in some cases, superior.

For this week’s crime to be solved, Riggs and Murtaugh spend less time together. Apart from the beginning of the case when Roger stops Martin from betting the check from his house sale on roulette. Yet another revealing and amusing interaction between the two men.

Murtaugh teams up with Bailey to investigate the motorcycle cover, the one that Ethan noticed. Martin teams up with the cocktail waitresses son. The interaction between Riggs and Ethan is spot on. The youngster tired of being lied to by adults and the cop able to regress himself enough to bridge that particular gap easily.

Both Riggs and Murtaugh have the ability to “lose their adult side” and channel their inner youngster. The scenes with Roger panting over the motorcycle, which leads him to a new lead on the man who shot Sarah McFadden, are all about the older cop embracing his youthful side.

His near brush with death has Murtaugh fighting against his own mortality.  The running gag in this episode of Lethal Weapon, “You don’t look like a motorcycle guy,” is another facet of his denial to getting older and his open heart surgery.

The scenes with Cahill and Riggs, after she learns that Ethan stayed with detective and never went to foster care, reinforces that she is the real adult while Martin is still playing on  both sides of the maturity fence.

Ethan, who bonds so quickly with Riggs, does so because he shares the same ability as the adult cop. The boy has been wearing two hats for most of his young life; grownup and child.

Show creator Matthew Miller has managed to pull of the near impossible.  Giving us action in the form of a one-sided shootout between Riggs and Gottlieb’s motorcycle gang. (It is all too easy to bliss out with this scene. Riggs decimating the bad guys to Creedence Clearwater’s “Running Through the Jungle” as the boy Ethan hides in the refrigerator and Roger showing up to save them from Gottlieb.

The payoff of the above scene is the reinforced running gag throughout the episode. After Murtaugh dispatches the villain with two well aimed bullets, Riggs looks at his partner and recites the punchline about Roger not looking like a “motorcycle guy.”

Of course the real magic of this episode, above and beyond Rigg’s giving nearly $150 thousand cashier check to the single mother, is the effortless switch between emotions that Lethal Weapon manages to deliver more often than not.

There are not many shows that will allow you to groove to action with Creedence Clearwater and then suddenly, and successfully, get the old tear ducts filling up.

Miller and his cast seem to pull this off on a regular basis. Lethal Weapon airs Wednesdays on FOX.  Tune in and get caught up in this brilliant series.

Cast:

Guest starring Lindsey Kraft as Sarah McFadden, Teo Briones as Ethan McFadden,  Dasha Flynn as Kristi James, Kurt Yaeger as Billy Gottlieb and Catherine Kamei as Madeline Tate.