‘Louie’ Season 2 Review

It is always great to see an already great show get even better. That is what a number of Louie episodes did this summer, making for an artistic comedy unlike any other.

In the sophomore season of Louis C.K.’s show we got a number of wonderful episodes that expanded the show and our knowledge of Louis C.K. as a person, or the version of himself that he plays in the show. For a stand-up comedian the acting he pulls off on this show is pretty incredible. I honestly believe that Louis C.K. could carry a movie as the leading man and possibly garner some Oscar attention. We always know what he is thinking and he feels so genuine with everything he does. He could also write and direct an award worthy movie as well. This show is so beautifully written with all the harsh honesty of the real world.

This season Louis C.K. experimented a lot with where his show could go. Perhaps this was most apparent in Duckling, the hour long episode where Louie went to Afghanistan. Had the episode only been half an hour it would have been the best of the season, but the extended run time dragged just a little too much. Hopefully he won’t go back to this format again unless he has an idea that can really last an hour.

The episode that went most against the format of the show was Eddie, and it was the best episode of the season. C.K. dropped the humor for the episode and explored suicide in a way dripping with realism that only Louie can. Other stand out episodes were Subway/Pamela and Moving. The season ended on a high with a heartfelt and hopeful goodbye to Pamela in Airport/New Jersey. I am sad to see her go but hopefully we will see her again in later seasons.

There was one episode that was clearly the worst and that was Niece. The episode introduced a new character in a way that was all too familiar to Louie interacting with his much funnier daughters. Every episode can’t be perfect but this one was particularly disappointing when compared to every other episode this season.

The show had a lot of great guest stars this season including Joan Rivers, Dane Cook, and Chris Rock. Louie uses guest stars very well and doesn’t force it like many other comedies do.

Louie is smarter and more artistic than any other comedy on TV right now. I imagine season 3 will bring us even more greatness with Louis C.K. (9/10)

photo credit: http://episodemovies.com/2011/07/15/louie-season-2-episode-4-joan/

~ by mattsmoviethoughts on September 10, 2011.

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