Friday, April 23, 2010

Review - Party Down Season 2 Episode 1 Jackal Onassis Backstage Party

With many cast members departing, I'm worried Party Down won't be the same after this season. Before getting to that point, we can at least enjoy the second season which was made before everyone started going to other shows. And no one can fault the actors. They were given one year contracts for a show that proved to be the only critical success on Starz.

Season 2 begins 9 months after the season one finale. Henry is still team leader, Ron is nowhere to be seen, and Casey is off somewhere else. After Henry fires a midget, the replacement arrives. It turns out to be Casey, who was off to do comedy on a cruise ship last time we saw her. Henry is now with Uda (Kristen Bell's character) and Casey is with someone else. Their new coworker, Lydia (Megan Mullally) loves the gossip, so she churns the issue everywhere she goes. Ron comes back with a hot, young girlfriend, but also without Soup'r'Crackers which collapsed in the recession.

With the reintroduction of all the characters, Jackal Onassis (awesome name) and his party were mostly in the background. Jackal wishes to be regular, so he switches places with Roman. Even with all the perceive wealth and fame, Roman still can't get any girls, Kyle stealing them away midconversation. The episode didn't have that many laughs for me, but it did set up the conflicts for the rest of the season.

Score: 8.7/10
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