Bored to Death Recap: Tales of an Upbeat Hamlet

Jessica Miglio/_television/genres/hbo

The legacy of Bored to Death could simply be "John Hodgman shows off his brilliant physical comedy chops," and as my people say, "Dayenu." In this episode alone, Hodgman trashes a green room, dangles from a rope over the set of The Dick Cavett Show, finds himself thrown into a prison cell, and combs his mustache. That’s some versatility right there, and it highlights one of the things Bored to Death does best: It’s sporting a killer ensemble, and it’s not squandering a single person.

It’s actually pretty incredible to think about Zach Galifianakis as a regular on a TV show given all his Hangover success — much less a low-budget HBO comedy. Perhaps it’s a chance for him to play against type; though his characters are typically content in a state of arrested development, Ray actively wants to grow up and be the responsible parental figure he never really had. "The Black Clock of Time" is the hiccup that undoes all his early work with Spencer, the son conceived using his sperm to a now-divorced lesbian couple. In the season premiere, he was still getting the hang of Park Slope with a stroller, stumbling into coffee shops and resorting to whiskey-nipple-related parenting techniques. (Thus begins my vow to work in a whiskey-nipple reference into every recap, to the amusement of just me.) Now he’s much more comfortable — though as he shows in the library, he needs a nap every once in a while — and he decides to take the next step and brazenly join a group of women in the park, Spencer in tow, and bond. Sure, these women are part of a breast-feeding support group, but it doesn’t faze Ray; hell, he even has some stories of his own to share. Read More....


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