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Wilfred Hits A Low Point
“Anger as soon as fed is dead—tis starving makes it fat.” – Emily Dickinson
The latest episode of Wilfred isn’t as laugh out loud funny as I’ve come to expect from the show. I believe the fault for that belongs to Ryan’s sister Kristen. She’s an over-the-top shrew, and the show doesn’t know how to properly use her. A character like her works for one episode, but needs humanizing to be kept around. The episode does explore the reasoning behind Kristen’s personality, but this episode’s particular lesson (anger) feels like it should have been learned earlier. Having Kristen run off crying at the end felt like too little, too late.
Jason Gann really got to stretch his comedy muscles this time around. Wilfred becomes possessed (who knows if it’s real or not) by Ryan’s dead childhood dog, Sneakers, which is just hilariously creepy. Gann’s Sneakers voice was perfect, and so was his Magic Johnson impression. Unfortunately, I felt the idea of possession and revenge wasn’t explored as well as it could have been. Wilfed/Sneakers does try and kill Kristen, but I never believed he would go through with it or that Ryan wouldn’t stop him. If it had gone that extra mile of sinister, and made me believe the show might go that far, then things could have gone to a super awesome level.
Also disappointing was guest star Nestor Carbonell (Lost). His character was extremely under developed. I was left wondering what was the point of having someone like Carbonell in such a forgettable role.
The long and short of it is this: Wilfred hit a low point this week. It’s still funny, but no where near as good as we’ve seen in past weeks.
“This fly’s been acting like a total dick all morning.”
“Remember when I told you a few weeks ago that you’re a total pussy? I’d like to apologize for not emphasizing that enough.”
“Anger is like herpes. You’re not meant to keep it to yourself.”
“Cold black heart. Dead eyes. Nice tits.”
“I can’t laugh like that because my lungs are filled with water.”