I am always woefully behind on my reviews for Beavis and Butt-head. They air Thursday nights, and it’s early Monday morning right now. I should probably get my shit together. Although, in my defense, I’m currently playing through both Dragon Age: Origins as well as Eternal Sonata. Any fans of RPGs can tell you just what kind of time-sinks those games can be, and I’ve been a wee bit distracted from my normal blogging duties. I actually finished watching the last episode on the disc of Dexter I reviewed earlier today Thursday evening, but I became immediately side-tracked in other duties. My ability to focus is sort of disappearing. I would blame it on ADD if I thought I had the slightest chance of having that disorder, but I’m pretty sure I’m just absent-minded and your average “has more interests than time to commit to any of them” kind of person. With all of that out of the way, this week’s Beavis and Butt-head had one short that I was actually fairly disappointed in, but it made up for it by having potentially the funniest short so far of the season, so it ended up as a bit of mixed bag.
In the first short, “Daughter’s Hand,” Beavis and Butt-head watch an old Masterpiece Theatre style movie on their TV and misinterpret the expression “Ask for your daughter’s hand” to mean that if they ask a father for their daughter’s hand, he’ll give his daughter permission to give them hand-jobs. After getting advice from their neighbor Tom Anderson (who thinks the boys want to actually get married), the duo confronts a father of a local neighbor girl who is also confused as to their intentions until they make it all to clear at episode’s end. In the second short, “Tech Support,” Beavis and Butt-head wander off to find an abandoned drive-in theatre only to discover that it has been turned into a tech support call center. After being mistaken for employees, Beavis and Butt-head proceed to give the worst possible advice on the planet only to be commended by the management for keeping customers on the phone for as long as possible to make as much money as they can. When the other employees start to follow our heroes’ leads, disaster awaits. During the video riffing segments, Beavis and Butthead watch 16 and Pregnant, a True Life where a woman thinks she’s psychic, and the music video for Katy Perry’s “Fireworks.”
I’ll be honest; during the 16 and Pregnant, True Life, and “Daughter’s Hand” segments, I hardly laughed. While Tom Anderson’s senile naivety towards the intentions of our heroes was certainly humorous, it seemed like way too much of the short was Beavis and Butt-head sitting on a sidewalk laughing and not saying anything especially funny. Also, the two MTV reality video segments just lacked the same bite and sharp wit that were featured when they excoriated Jersey Shore and the porn addict last week. However, “Tech Support” had me rolling on my couch in tears virtually the entire time. While so much of the charm is the comedic chemistry the pair shares when they’re by themselves ripping on everything they come across, there are still plenty of jokes to be gained by placing them around others, and having them try and talk with over-sensitive and already angry customers calling tech support made for classic Beavis and Butt-head. Also, their riffing during the Katy Perry video was also done and Beavis’s anecdotes about putting literal fireworks in his pants after seeing them explode from Katy Perry’s bosom is good stuff.
I’m not sure if I’m going to keep reviewing this show on a weekly basis. Two weeks in and it’s already confirmed my suspicion that there isn’t enough substance in a half-hour comedy for me to review on a week by week basis. I almost feel as if my average review will come down to me either saying the show is “funny” or “not funny” and it won’t be any more in-depth or critical than that, and I pride myself on trying to have a little more to say than that. While I will certainly keep watching this show every week, I do worry significantly that I just won’t have enough to say. Maybe, I’ll give it one more try, but there’s a healthy chance it will be my last review for the series on an episode by episode basis.
Final Score: B