Madcap Irony is Alive & Well: Like 30 Rock, Better off Ted puts the "Fun"-ny back into Honest Satire

The Office is a snooze, one degree shy of "reality" TV. When did

anxiety become funny? Better Off Ted is a good answer to such

lack of imagination, with every thing purposely blown way out of

proportion to the drudgery of a "real" world order.


The plots engagingly spin out to the nth degree what the consequences

could be if the greatest company in the world could create the best products

that...wait a minute, this helps us how, exactly? This show makes a

good foil for all the cynicism our current economy has engendered.

The apt cast dishes out pills for reality bites with all the aplomb

that their wickedly stereotypical roles can garner:


> Portia de Rossi is deliciously feckless as a power mad Sr. Exec.

Her Veronica would no doubt be 1st in line to walk straight through

any plate glass ceiling for want of noticing trifles like obstacles.

Veridian Corp. IS Veronica to the "T," er, "V" is for victory, right?

> Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin portray bitchy BFF lab buddies,

running hamster-wheel laps around each other in their lemming-like

corporate devotion to engineer the next big thing in consumer futility

(if Lem is short for lemming, could Phil be short for philosophy-lite?).

> Andrea Anders seasons cubicle despair as the klepto-neurotic Linda,

a would-be love interest. Watch for her to kvetch and take simple

pleasures whenever she can get away with them.

> Jay Harrington is well positioned as a go-along-to-get-along middle

management hack. Who else could make sense of criminal insanity?


Episode 4, "Racial Sensitivity," hits a great stride as a hilarious send-up

of denial in corporate culture where the profit motive butts up against

ersatz political correctness. Or is that the other way around? Anyhow,

the elevator scene was precious, as were all the grossly underpaid extras.


Celebrate the return of can-do Americanism and endless possibility

for fantasy fun and occupational hazard; and just be glad that your

half-hour "work-day" at home doesn't have to be filled w/ sad drivel

and non-committal glances. That's what reality is for.

Comments

3 comments
Default avatar cat
Apr 13, 2009 7:23PM EDT
the show is not funny...
Default avatar cat
Apr 14, 2009 5:23AM EDT
Or, is it ? :)I think so.
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Apr 15, 2009 6:03PM EDT
i thin its good if you dont take it at all seriously
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