And here begins my journey into Six Feet Under, one in a handful of television shows that I have prioritized as absolute must-see series. With no idea as to the quality of the show going forward and in particular episodes (knowing only that the series finale seems to be revered by everyone), I was astonished by this pilot. It's grim, it's emotionally invigorating and its so precisely funny in the black sense of the word 'comedy'.
It must be noted that I hardly ever really give an episode of television a '10' and this might just be the best first episode to a TV series I have seen topping the Twin Peaks pilot. I was simply that immersed into this episode. Characters are perfectly set up, the tone is perfectly established and the acting across the board is fantastic, namely Peter Krause and Michael C. Hall as the Fischer brothers.
The Shiny Shrimps is like inside a man's boxers: there are no real surprises but what is there is enjoyable.
A gay copy of France's successful Sink or Swim last year, The Shiny Shrimps is the story of a water polo team competing for the Gay Games. Based on a real water polo team, the good news is this film far outshines its trailer which angered me for feeding the stereotypes of the flamboyant gay man. Fortunately, the actual film is more balanced and while there are certainly gay stereotypes (it is a mass market comedy, after all), at least there's more than one type.
The Shiny Shrimps hits all the right notes even if it's the same old song and dance. You'll laugh out loud, identify with the characters and leave the cinema feeling good. What more can you ask for from a mainstream comedy?
if you have not watched this show, you're doing something terribly wrong