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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: S3, Ep. 10

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 24, 2010

Episode 10- Mac is A Serial Killer

This episode was not original and lacked luster. It was the classic who-dun it serial killer plot with minimal funny moments. It also lacked an overall message. I think this episode was not efficiently thought-out and was very incoherent.

A killer is on the lose and he seems to be interested in young attractive blondes. Does son of sam ring a bell? Mac begins acting weird and the crew suspects him to be the serial killer. This is overlapped by Mac’s real problem, his girlfriend that has a penis. Frank, like most harsh detectives in this situation, wants to interrogate Mac and torture him. Mac is being secretive and abnormal because of his tainted girlfriend. He is not a serial killer.

One part that made me laugh is when Frank is snooping around Mac’s apartment with gloves and defends his stealth by saying he does not want to get caught by some jew lawyer that might be crawling up his ass.

Deandra and Dennis decide to put themselves in a serial killers shoes so that they can find where he will strike next. This is seen in almost every drama of this sort and they did not execute it in a unique manner. Another serial killer reference was made when Deandra decides to dress up a psycho clown while Dennis despises her costume choice and thinks that a killer would never dress like that. John Wayne Gacy anyone?

Frank and Charlie decide to investigate Mac’s low class drunken mother by bribing her with cigarettes. She unknowingly admits that her son is serial killer just to get Frank out of her face while watching her t.v. game show..

The other scene that made me laugh was Deandra’s encounter with the pimp. The pimp is stereo-types by his clothing, his slang, and his skin color. The pimp tries to make business with Deandra and calls Dennis a cracker after stating that he needs to pay him if he wants Deandra back even though she just met him 30 seconds prior. He then ends the conversations by saying, “ Bitch, you speak when spoken to. Pepper-jack is about to cut somebody”!

One common convention that is shown within the episode is how a person might be attracted to a specific profession by the portrayal of one on a television show. In this case, Charlie is influenced by Law and Order and now takes the role as Mac’s Lawyer. He acts, dresses, and talks like a lawyer.

I rate this episode a 2 because it was unorganized and did not have a larger concept that could be applied to anything else. It was a boring mystery that was obvious and not funny. They eventually find out that the killer is not Mac, and that it is Gary a guy who works at the hardware store. The only reason that I did not give this episode a 1 is because Frank had a very comical line- “Drawing a confession from someone is like doing a beautiful dance, a beautiful dance with a chainsaw.”

I Watched this episode at 11:35 on my couch, alone and warm.


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: S3,Ep.9

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 24, 2010

Episode 9- Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person

The main idea of this episode focuses around Deandrea’s new boyfriend and if he is retarded or not. The first scene starts off with the crew talking about Dee’s new rapper boyfriend called Lil Kev. Frank then exposes a stupid tradition that contemporary rappers utilize; and that’s the usage of “lil” in their name. He ask why? Is Lil Kev a small guy? Is he possibly a midget?. Mac then explains to Frank that its “just a rapper thing”.

We then see Lil Kev make his ghetto entrance as a white rapper who slurs his words, like a retarded person does. Is this an effort to say that rapper’s such as 50 Cent who slur their words are retarded? Hmmm… Dennis then reveals to Deandra that he went to school with Kevin and he actually is retarded. It is funny to see how Frank uses the word retarded as if it was in quotation marks while almost whispering it. This is related to this “retarded” new convention that the word retard should never be used.

This idea that a retard can be successful in the music industry, which is mean enough to say, influences Charlie and Mac to start a band. They explain how they don’t want Dennis in their band because he is into that 80’s glam rock stuff and it’s not where their “artistic direction” is heading. I found this statement to be funny because most rock bands who end up breaking up usually say it’s because of different artistic direction, such as one of the reasons the band Pink Floyd broke up; but it is merely an excuse rather than an ultimate reason. Anyway… Mac insists that it’s okay that they can’t play instruments because nowadays all you have to do is rock and look cool to be successful; which is unfortunately true about rock music these days. I was hysterical when Frank was almost  escorted out of the music store because of his insane banging on the drums. Mac explains that if they live like rock-stars by getting drunk and breaking stuff, the music will naturally come. So they decide to crash a hotel under Frank’s credit court which I thought to be a little cliché but still pretty funny.

Dennis and Deandra then have a contest to see if Kevin is retarded or not. They go over issues that concern retard strength, drooling, and “specialness” noted by his mother.  Deandra then starts observing Kevin more closely and notices some astounding correlations; he childishly laughs at cartoons, he slurs his words, he wears his shirt backwards, he makes weird hand gestures, and stuffs food into his mouth. She then decides to break up with him because she has concluded that he is retarded like Dennis said. Lastly, she reveals the news to Dennis only to be surprised that he was lying the whole time and that he made up that Kevin was retarded. She then burst out of the room in complete misery while Dennis explains that Kevin actually is retarded.

I think the message that is trying to be conveyed here is that anyone who strives for anything can accomplish it if they try hard enough. Corny, but true; and thoroughly exemplified throughout this episode.

I give this episode a 3.5 because it was not consistent with its humor. Some parts were extremely hilarious while other parts were slightly boring. I really enjoyed the music references because music is my number one passion.

I watched this episode on my couch at 11:02 p.m.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: S3,Ep.8

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 24, 2010

Episode 8- Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire

Well, I have to say that this was the best episode of this show that I have seen. Besides how humorous each situation was, the main theme of this episode was extremely relevant to our class because it was focused on the media. The first scene starts with Frank asking Dennis why he is reading “In Touch” magazine. He then replies by saying that no one gets their news from the newspaper anymore. This is a perfect example of separate estates and the trust that the public gives to certain sectors of it. I agree that most people don’t get their news from the paper, but I also disagree that most get it from magazines. I believe that most people, including myself, discover their news through the internet.One of the headlines explains how Plutonium has been smuggled into Syria. This headline is a reflection on our society because we have irrelevant articles like this one to distract us from the real problems.

I laughed for about 8 seconds when Charlie bursts into the room screaming “Shut up, shut up, shut up” and directing everyone to Mac’s news appearance which ended up being an edited 2 second shot of him shouting, “it was absolutely crazy”, in reference to the news story. Mac then feels cheated by the newsman for not using his entire interview just to make his boss happy and decides to become a journalist himself. Charlie then explains how their news class in junior high did not distort reality like this man has done before their eyes.

Frank acts as the corrupted newsman who will do anything to get a story even if it includes him creating a dangerous scenario. This is similar to the film Ace in the Hole in that Frank starts a fire in a building so that Deandra can save the burning cats, the same way Tatem kept an innocent man stuck in a cave. Frank also has outlandish ideas about going to a power-plant and reporting how it is giving the whole city cancer, which it probably is… Dennis makes a remark about this statement and explains how people do not care about that “shit”. They want here about celebrities and glamour to help them forget about their own miserable lives, which I believe to be a pretty valid conclusion. Deandra then stereo-types celebrities as rich people, who have an easy job, and can do whatever they want. This sets her plot in this episode to strive for stardom. She explains how you don;t have to do anything these days to be famous and gives Paris Hilton as an example. She explains how Ms. Hilton has become famous by being a dirty drunken whore that exposes herself through sex-tapes, nip slips, and up-skirts.

Mac does a great impersonation as a newsman as they decide to report in a nursing home which he says encompasses “a lot of shady shit, like jail”. Frank then asks, “like people getting ass-raped”? I found this clever statement to be very humorous. Mac did an uncanny impersonation of a bug-eyed nervous newsman who talks like a robot while reporting useless nonsense. He exposes their fake qualities including their amazing ability to intensely stare at the camera for long periods of time without blinking.

Stereotypes: Asians-always drifting through the streets, flying from tree top to tree top, looking like Raiden (from Mortal Kombat), trading fishes, karate, playing Wii, and having Avian Flu.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5 because of it’s brilliance and non-stop excitement. I also enjoyed when Dennis goes to the club and takes ecstasy which is followed by a hilarious dancing montage. This episode exaggerates the focus of journalism and how media portrays celebrities.

I watched this episode with my friend at my house at 10:32 p.m.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3, ep.7

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 24, 2010

Episode 7- The Gang Sells Out

This episode deals with the idea of big corporations buying out small business. We see this all the time in our lives with the spawning of countless Walmarts and their destruction of small businesses surrounding them and ones that they simply bought out.

First scene shows the crew in a corporate office acting as if their bar is extremely precious to them and nothing can take it away or buy their hearts. After arguing with the boss about how big business swallow the small guys, an offer is put on the table. Dennis sees the amount of money offered and automatically switches his attitude and says, “SOLD!” This instance is a direct depiction of our nature as greedy humans that have short emotionally attachment towards things which is subsumed by money. It was hilarious to see how Frank initially reacted the same way Dennis did by denying that he would ever sell the bar for any amount of money, but after seeing the actual offer he immediately says that he is going to sell this shithole.

Of course, stereotypes were not left out. Mac states that there is always some big boss man fat cat that needs to escape by helicopter on top of the roof. Another stereotype is about gay people, after they find out that the corporate boss is a homosexual and try brining him back by bringing him to strip club after they ruined the initial deal with him. Dennis explains that there are gay bears and gay twinks and that the boss man is classified as a bear because he is strong and aggressive. Another stereotype is made by Deandra when she refers to retired people who leave to an island and get fat and tan.

There were two situations in this episode that I have personally encountered. One is when Deandra tries to find a new job and drops her application off to the worker as he explains that it will be tossed into a pile with the others without even making eye contact. This has happened to me in the past in which an employer has not even acknowledged that I am standing right in front of him. Another situation that I have encountered is how friends tend to take advantage of you when you are in charge. This is shown when Cheryl hires the crew and they decide to do whatever they want and act as if they are superior to her. I have experienced this because I was a manager at one point and had friends of mine that worked for me who tried to act as if they were on the same level, but  I had to let them know who was boss sooner or later! Actually I didn’t care, and let them do what they want because I am a nice guy.

I give this episode a 3 because it was satisfying but not wonderful. Considering that I have seen plenty of hilarious episodes that are exciting all the way through, It bothers me to see some that lack creativity and are a tad boring. My favorite line is when Frank says to Mac, “ Not for you bitch”, in reference to his leather jacket.

I watched this episode with my friend at 9:45 p.m. eating pizza.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3,episode 6

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 24, 2010

Episode 6-The Gang Solves the North Korean Situation

This episode started out great because of the movie reference it incorporated. The first scene contains a re-enactment of a scene from Pulp Fiction, my favorite movie. It Has Deandra reciting Christopher Walken’s lines, from the watch scene, to show how she will win a talent show.

The episode is basically about a competition between their bar and another bar owned by North Koreans, which they refer to as the “bad” Koreans. It was clever to use this scenario during this actual time period because North Korea was seen a large threat towards the United States as it still is today. In this case, it was new and fresh which makes the comedy worth while. Stereotypes, as usual with this show, had a huge role in the portrayal of the North Koreans and their mindset towards America, which is personified by the crew and their bar. One stereotype is presented by Dennis’s statement about asians and how they are endless and timeless, while referring to a 16 year old bartender. Another instance is how the Korean bar owner takes the role of Kim Jong Il. A stereotype is presented to us by his/her violent actions and constant screaming. She then throws one her workers out of the bar and Mac responds by saying that all asians have to learn martial arts when they grow up.

It was also interesting to see how they created a threat system which mirrors our own terrorist alert scale. Frank and Mac get into an argument about which color is more of a threat, orange or yellow. This scene acts as a indicator which points out how up-surd our homeland security system truly is and essentially how it is useless. Charlie then states how the North Koreans want to take our American life from us.

Another reference that I enjoyed was when Deandra recited lines from the film Do the Right Thing.

A hint of communism was projected through a scene in which a young korean girl who works at the bar is fed up with working like a slave and constantly being yelled at. Dennis and Charlie then convince her to come to Paddy’s (America) to escape her hardships (communist society). It is later stated by Mac that if the North Koreans take over, they will ruin our way of life.

I have noticed that this t.v. series does a great job exposing real life situations and blowing them out of proportion. One scene that I really enjoyed is when Charlie and Dennis argue about who the korean was looking at and flirting with. The classic “girl staring at me” scenario between close friends seems to always arise.

My favorite scene in this episode is when Frank finds out that the Korean girl is twelve years old, engaged to Charlie, and about to be sprayed with water in a wet tee-shirt contest. There is then a slow motion sequence in which Frank jumps in front of the hose to protect the young asian girl from being exposed. This was actually a shocker because Frank is usually the most disgusting, irrational person on the episode. It was nice to see the caring side of him.

The last words of the episode are, “they are some sneaky bastards”; which further adds to the Anti-North Korean feel of the episode.

I give this episode a 4 because it had me laughing every 2 minutes. They were clever with the situations that they created and did a great job impersonating Kim Jong Il.

I watched this episode on my couch at 9:45 p.m.

Fear and Loathing in Lizard Land

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 3, 2010

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, what else is there to say? I truly enjoyed reading this excerpt because Fear and Loathing is one of my favorite books as well as one of my top favorite movies. It is essentially about the chase towards the “American Dream”. Hunter S. Thompson does a wonderful job by including himself, or a version of himself, in his journalism. This form of journalism, labeled as Gonzo, intrigues readers by supplying them with an unorthodox and outrageous style of reporting. Innovative to say the least, Fear and Loathing’s hunt is directed towards American individuals and their disgusting and animalistic qualities represented by their greed for money and lack of individualism. Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo serve as the explorers who go on a drug induced rampage through Vegas  and discover that the American Dream is actual displeasing. The Lizards seem to emulate these characteristics by gnawing on each other’s necks and producing a blood filled room which seems to frighten Raoul as he hallucinates this. They are the scum of America, living in a casino that can only offer them short pleasures and bankruptcy. They survive on an altered basic instinct of survival like reptiles do, except these reptilian figures are thriving for greed and drugs rather than food and protection. They feed off each other and Raoul describes them as being comfortable in this horrific environment. The fact that Raoul states that “somebody is giving booze to these animals” reassures that this place is designed to be chaotic. Whether it’s chaos, or 60’s culture, Hunter S. Thompson does a magnificent job in displaying his outlook on life and all of it’s vices while creating an adventurous yet meaningful story line. FEED YOUR HEAD!

Almontaser: Friend or Foe?

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 3, 2010

1. Should a newspaper be this partisan? Are they being partisan or reporting the truth here? Should a newspaper/reporter have as much influence against a person, organization? No, newspapers should not be this partisan because the innocent people who read the information that they project may be mislead by false or biased information. This is a very serious problem because newspapers essentially cannot be subjective due to their function and responsibility in supplying us with “truth” rather than opinion. They established a form of authority over it’s readers by leading them into a flawed conception of the world and it’s events through their consistent deceptive coverage. In Almontaser’s situation, they are most definitely being partisan because of this women’s race. The truth is being construed by their decision to mislead reader’s by quoting Almontaster incompletely, therefore establishing a false identity of this women. I believe that a newspaper should not have this much influence against a person or organization because they are not qualified to do so. Unfortunately, the news is trusted enough to stir up a situation like this into a realm where the news controls everyone’s feeling towards the predicament. It is not a direct influence that they have achieved, it is merely a fabricated trust given to them by us.

2. Similar to Churchill last week, yet different, is it possible to ever give a nuanced answer to 9/11? Can you ever say anything negative about the US when it comes to it? Yes it is possible to give a nuanced answer about 9/11, except when your thoughts and opinions are being publicized. We might as well throw the right to free speech out the window because it’s value is slowly diminishing. Negative views towards the U.S. will always be frowned upon, and when these very views are regarded towards 9/11; you can bet that somebody will try to raise hell especially if you are an arab women.

3. Should someone who is a few degrees away from any organization that is negative or has a negative image be fired? No they shouldn’t be fired because it is simply their opinions. The organization did not produce any threats nor have they acted violently or rebellious. Almontaser thoroughly explained the true meaning behind the t-shirt and revealed that it was a harmless form of expression.

4. Who do you believe in this story? The Post or Almontaser? I tend to believe Almontaser’s story because she does not seem like a rebellious or dangerous women and has evidence against the newspaper who created this evil depiction of her. In the past, I have seen how newspapers generate   fictitious stories by taking people’s words out of context and this is a perfect example of it in action. But are the newspapers and journalists to blame? I don’t think so. I blame the government or any higher power that controls the media to the extent that American people are forced to believe the frivolous information given to them.