Man, if you didn’t have the Kleenex out on that last episode then there is something wrong with you, and no, not because of April’s fine ass titties! Yes Eastbound & Down delivered up a tear jerker, as the greatest baseball player ever Kenny Powers finally found redemption and discovered what was really important after all, which apparently isn’t money and fame (although I still have my doubts).
This review will naturally contain *spoilers* for Eastbound & Down season 4, as well as the series as a whole.
When I wrote about my own personal hero Kenny Powers prior to the final chapter in his life story (which you can read here), I came to the conclusion that Kenny Powers is the embodiment of an American Hero, however like many American Hero’s Kenny got tied down by some big boobed ditz that got herself knocked up so she could tie his womanising ways down. We find Kenny working a mundane job, living the suburban dream (or nightmare if you have nuts) and generally hating his new life after he had decided that he was too good to play baseball.
Shit wasn’t going well, and Kenny fucking Powers knew that he was better than this. So after a wild party night with an ex-teammate and some of his chums, Kenny decided ‘fuck family life, I’m a fucking celebrity!’ After coaxing Stevie back from his own kind of hell (some crazy Mexican shit) and defeating his enemy Dontel with some classic Powers razzle dazzle, Kenny has got his life back to being pretty fucking sweet.
With fucking awesome trips to a water park, a boat race, the beginning of the best charity ever (poor black kids) and the creation of the best restaurant idea since the Colonel started frying chicken (Tatters and Tits) Kenny Powers was on a roll that can only be compared to a fat chick rolling down a hill, so yes pretty fucking impressive. However his once friend Guy Young was super jealous of Kenny’s prowess and decided that he wanted Kenny’s awesome lifestyle, so set out on a sabotage mission. Guy however didn’t have the intellectual capacity of Kenny fucking Powers and therefore lost in a disastrous fashion.
Things weren’t all going well for Kenny though, as April decided that she’d be a total bitch and try and divorce Kenny for all his fucking money that he had worked to earn despite her big boobed nagging. After realising that he had already conquered TV to levels that a lesser man could only dream of, Kenny fucking Powers decided that maybe he should move to butt fuck New Mexico to be with his family and instead become the world’s greatest screenplay writer by writing the greatest fucking story ever imagined! The fucking end.
Damn you have to admire Danny McBride and Jody Hill (the main writers/creators) for what they managed to produce in not only the final season but the series as a whole. It’s brave to take a comedy series and change not only the setting but most of the cast for every single season. The one constant is Kenny and Stevie, who just happen to be the shows two best characters, but beyond that every season everything changes.
Kenny Powers is one of those special once in a decade kind of characters. There is nobody on TV like Kenny Powers, there has never been anyone like Kenny Powers on TV and it is doubtful that there will ever be another character quite like Kenny Powers ever again. He’s vile, obnoxious, offensive and generally a bit of a dick, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t rooting for him to succeed and win; not only because he is awesome but also because you know that deep down he is a good guy that just can’t get out the way of his own lofty aspirations.
In the fourth season of the show we see Kenny struggle with his new position in life and then we see his struggle with his refound fame and how this affects his relationship with those around him. Other comedies should genuinely look at the story arc and the character progression which Kenny Powers went through in this season, with Danny McBride acting his sexy ass socks off and a role which he has made legendary. If it weren’t for the fact that things like the Emmy’s and Golden Globes were so stuck up, Danny McBride would be a stick on for next year’s award for Best Actor.
If Kenny Powers is a unique character, then who the fuck knows what Stevie Janowski is? It is hard to describe Stevie, other than to say that he is one sick ass mother fucker. It was disappointing to not see more of Stevie in season four, as he was relegated to a minor sidekick as April and Guy Young took bigger roles leaving him with less screen time. After some weird stuff with his dick not working and punching a window out, Stevie found his form when his dick started to work; with his failed mugging attempt of Guy Young, his running of Tatters and Tits and his general plastic surgery escapades (the guy really doesn’t have a chin, before and after his accident). On a plus side, what about Maria’s ridiculously massive titties, putting April’s tits to shame (Stevie always aspiring to be Kenny, even with a cheap Mexican imitation).
The new setting and career path of Kenny worked really well in season four, and Guy Young was a nice advisory for Kenny to battle against throughout, but the villain of the piece has to go to Dixie, the bitch neighbour. Man did I hate her she was so annoying, always trying to ruin everyone’s fun with her naggy bitchy get to fuck way. The shit where she talks to her husband and everyone else like they’re a kid but everyone else is too scared to say anything back to her because she’s such a bitch, is reminiscent of many people I know (usually women, but I can think of some men too) who think that they are so great and untouchable, and is a quite brilliantly written part. She’s meant to be really annoying and dislikeable, and you are meant to be pleased when her marriage breaks up because of Kenny’s lies, because who doesn’t like seeing bad things happen to bad people? I loved in the last episode where she doesn’t want to watch TV even though everyone else wants to watch Kenny’s new show (which had a nice touch of being on channel 55, Kenny’s old baseball number) and she start to do the counting thing to her husband; 1, 2, 2.5, this is brilliant writing and then is followed up by the even better situation of her husband telling her to go fuck herself and stop being such a bitch. Just get a divorce man, bitch be crazy. As a side note the actress also played a really funny part in Curb Your Enthusiasm as a chick that wore inappropriate clothing, a classic episode.
Eastbound has always been great at having special guests come in for an episode or two and make a huge and funny impact without it feeling forced. They did it with Ashley Schaeffer (Will Ferrell), Eduardo Powers (Don Johnson), Shane Gerald (Jason Sudeikis) as well as others (like the guy that played Casper, but he isn’t famous), however season four possibly threw up one of the best examples of this in the last episode with the boss of the network Ronnie Thelman (Sacha Baron Cohen). First scene of the last episode and Eastbound introduces a new character, the book says don’t do it, but Eastbound says fuck the book. It is a classic Eastbound scene as well, with Thelman showing off his considerable knob as well as his large bank balance to a flight attendant as he tells her to meet him in the bathroom (of course she obliges). Like many of the minor characters in Eastbound, Thelman is pretty ridiculous but you have to laugh at what was an excellent cameo and performance by Cohen, with a particular mention to the weird herpes mark on the mouth that both he and his 13 year old assistant had….
Eastbound has always done excellent party scenes, usually accompanied by some banging tunes, and season four was no different. The clubbing in the first episode was classic Kenny, and the entire water park episode was just one big party and made for a classic Eastbound & Down episode.
I loved the last season of Eastbound and feel that it hit on most of the areas that as a fan you are looking for them to get, but I was disappointed to not see the return of Ashley Schaeffer, Eduardo Powers or Casper (Kenny’s weird Mexican brother) as each could have added something different to what is supposedly the swansong of a great comedy series.
You may have noticed I wrote supposedly there (if you haven’t, I did), because the way that the final episode ends with the weird telling of Kenny’s future story and his look of disenfranchisement with how his life looks at the current moment, you can’t help but feel that maybe (just maybe) this isn’t actually the last season of Eastbound & Down and that rather the writers are giving themselves some breathing room in case they want to go back to the character a few years down the line, without feeling the need to if they choose to not.
Speaking of that flashback scene, what the fuck was that? It was funny in a sort of what the fuck is going on here sort of way, as we see Lindsay Lohan try to drag herself through some scenes whilst failing miserably to do so. Isn’t it funny how Alexander Skarsgard looks more realistic than Lindsay Lohan as an 18 year old, even though he’s like 10 years older than her? That bitch is a total mess. I also liked when April gets shot in the alley and Kenny pops the two guys with his magnum, what a shot!
Usually when you watch a season of a comedy, it is hard to write about because quite frankly nothing has really happened in the season; no character progression and no general season long plot. Eastbound isn’t like that at all, lots of things happen and that in my opinion will make it stand the test of time better than those which are more wishy washy (I’m looking at you Big Bang Theory!).
I still think that the best season of Eastbound & Down was the first season, where I think you have an amazing run of six episodes which hit on every occasion and tell a great story of the fall, rise and then fall again of Kenny Powers. Although I very much liked the other three seasons, I don’t think what was achieved in the first season was ever really replicated in the seasons that followed; however it is hard to replicate perfection.
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