The Entitled Show You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Life: Search Party

Once in a while, you get tired of the commercials and social media suggested posts and give in to a thing you’ve been getting bombarded over. That’s actually the whole point of online target sales, but occasionally, they get it right. Which is what happened to me and TBS’s little sleeper, soon to be a cult hit: Search PartyReview of Search party by a millennium

I watch a LOT of TV. Some may say an unhealthy amount, but I kept getting commercials thrown at me for Search Party while just watching re-runs of South Park on Comedy Central. And then I kept seeing these cute social video posts and gifs of this stupid ass show and eventually gave in.

Right before the Season 2 premiere, I said to myself: “Fine, fuck it. You keep saying I can stream the whole damn show on TBS without commercials, then fine, I’ll watch an episode of your damn show before season 2 comes out where apparently you’re all covering up a murder.” By the by, murder is totally how they even piqued my interest. Last year if I would have seen a commercial about these self-entitled millennials looking for a missing millennial who is somehow even more self-absorbed I would have said “Hey, no thanks, there is enough media out there that tells me I’m a selfish ass hole, I don’t need a tv show to make fun of me for something I’m not.” But ohhhh, they covering up a murder? This… is much more me.

Search Party, the show you didn't know you needed

So I took a chance, I decided to stream the show over a weekend (the episodes are only 24 minutes long without commercials and one season is only 10 episodes, I was done in like a day). I’ll admit, I was skeptical. I didn’t read any reviews online, but I knew what Search Party was supposed to be. Another show about a couple of millennium New Yorkers who don’t know how real life works and that we’re all just a sad sap group of people who can’t find happiness in ordinary things and sip all day on our avocado toast that is keeping us from getting a mortgage in one of the most expensive cities in the land.

But it’s not. Well. It is, but it isn’t. It’s this parody of itself and is completely aware of the not-self absorbed millennium watching the show and saying hey, isn’t it funny how baby boomers all think we’re like this, but then we show them that we aren’t by actually showing us like this? It’s this weird little mind fuck of a show. That can’t be explained in just one review, but god I hope you read this and decide to watch it. Because it’s so much more than just a little show that takes place in New York. Would I love to star in an adoption of the EXACT same show but takes place in a more rural area (like Ohio) or a different type of city than NY? (*cough* could you imagine Portia being a Denver stoner looking to help in the city and how pot taxes do this and this and this, instead of being a stage actor? Hello sign me up).

Yes the city is tired, and yes the archetypes are the worst, and you can not relate to any of these TERRIBLE characters (not as in poorly written, as in written so damn well, you know their every flaw), but it sucks you in. And hey watching season one, okay it blew past and you eventually begin to care about where the story goes, not the characters; but season two. Holy shit. You care about these shitty beings, you want to know how or if they will be able to survive their giant cover-up about murdering an innocent dude, in a pretty innocent matter. What will happen to them? And then you get to meet these other terrible characters who are just trying to do their job, but you know what… you know what the true motif of Search Party is? It is that EVERYONE SUCKS. Everybody is out for themselves, and nobody is a good person. And you know what else? They deliver that message in the best, funniest, self-entitled way. God damn.

Anyways, the story is Grade A, the scenery is used and trite, the characters are terrible people, but homages throughout to other great mystery-murder directors/writers like Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, and even fucking Edgar Allen Poe make this TV series worth it for even the most stuck up critics. Go. Watch. Search Party.

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Friday the 13th Part 4:The Final Chapter (What did Jacki K Watch, Day 38)

The Final Chapter Poster

The Final Chapter Poster

The Final Chapter opens with a montage that tells the audience about the killings of the previous 3 movies, regardless that certain deaths were not all committed by Jason.  This is probably why that bitch Casey got the question wrong and ended up killing Steve (I’m talking about 1996 Scream). Anyways, The Final Chapter has a lot to offer in this installment, aside from the fact that it is by far not the final chapter in the Jason franchise. But the mash up of the previous deaths is much better than replaying the last 10-15 minutes of the previous film. Continue reading

Friday the 13th Part 3 (What did Jacki K Watch? Day 37)

3D poster LOL

3D poster LOL

I always found Friday the 13th Part 3 to be a fun installment of the series, but obviously not the best. Like many of the “Part 3s” of the horror genre in the 80s it was filmed in 3D. Not that 3D glasses would help in watching my Friday’s through a box set, but it does serve for some really cheesy moments in the film you know were supposed to be in 3D. None of which are scary, just a bloated cheesefest of an already tired trope. Even the music that plays during the tired 3D opening credits has gotten cheesier. It becomes this crazy, almost techno type of music being played over parts of Friday’s original score. Continue reading

Friday the 13th Part 2 (What did Jacki K Watch, Day 36)

Part 2 Poster

Part 2 Poster

Yo dawgs, you heard I liked the Friday the 13th movies so I wrote some more Friday.

LOL, JUST KIDDING.

I just finished Part 2 of the Friday Franchise and there is a copious amount of interesting things that was presented while watching this film for the (insert # here) time. Between the original and Part 2, Part 2 has always been better to me even though Part 1 scores better on rotten tomatoes. I’m not sure why it has a worse score. Part 2 has a better cast, slightly more creative kills, the same piercing soundtrack, utilizes “Killer POV” more often, a more insightful plot, clever lines, and is much more crucial to the rest of the franchise. Continue reading

Friday the 13th 1980 (What did Jacki K Watch, Day 35)

Movie Poster

Movie Poster

A long long time ago, I was a young little thing around the age of 10 or 12 and found myself fascinated with the supernatural, including the lore around Friday the 13th. This lead to a young girl eventually marathoning  rater R Horror flicks right around October of 2011, about two years before she got to see her first Jason film in theaters, Freddy vs. Jason

So here’s the plan, like I do near every Friday the 13th, I will be marathoning the Franchise. 12 movies in 12 days with 12 reviews. This includes posts on the 8 originals, 3 spin-offs, 1 remake, and at the end a drinking game.

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Hot Fuzz (What did Jacki K Watch day 34)

Hot Fuzz poster mimicking Bad Boys II

Hot Fuzz poster mimicking Bad Boys II

After watching the spectacular The World’s End, I might have decided to go on a Wright/Pegg kick, but you see it isn’t my fault. Wright/Pegg collaborations (the trilogy that we have now) end up doing notoriously well.  The three films have an average of 90.5% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Hot Fuzz rings in with a 91%. Continue reading

The World’s End (What did Jacki K Watch, Day 33)

The World’s End Poster

The World’s End is a smart, clever, spectacular British comedy that we thick Americans should all be able to enjoy. It may have been about 5 years since the creative team behind Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead has graced the screens around the world, but it was well worth the wait. Continue reading

The Conjuring (What did Jacki K Watch, day 32)

Poster

The Conjuring is the brilliant scary movie of the 2013 summer run. It’s awfully depressing that it’s taken me almost it’s entire run in theaters to see this certified fresh possession movie. Even though the trailer claims it’s “not a possession,” spoilers, in the end there’s always a possession.

The Conjuring is based on the “true” life events of Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) during the 70s. Why the 70’s? Because that’s when people could get away with haunted house bull shit and not be called bat shit insane on the internet or the news. The 70’s was a much different era, and it seems to be the favorite era of spooky specters who love tormenting the hell out of families who have just moved into new houses. Que to Ed and Lorraine Warren, a paranormal-investigating couple who help people across the East Coast (conveniently near Salem, Mass.)  with hauntings, possessions, cursed items, and any other thing that goes bump in the night. Continue reading

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (What did Jacki K Watch, Day 31)

CdF: VA poster

A very cute, entertaining, young adult film was on Syfy yesterday. This movie was based off of a young adults book series that I read when I was younger, named Cirque du Freak, A Living Nightmare: The Sega of Darren Shan. I was fond of the creepy, scary novels when I was younger and was pretty excited when the movie adaptation came out in 2009. I never got to see the entire film until yesterday though.

It’s upsetting that it’s taken me five years to see the quirky film, because looking at it now, it’s much better than what I originally thought it was. The movie is based around a 16 year old boy and his best friend. Fate has given them a flyer for the Cirque du Freak, a 21st century Freak Show that has been running for hundreds of years. Continue reading

Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters (What did Jacki K Watch Day 30)

PJ Sea of Monsters poster

Sigh.

Guys, I was really excited for this new installment of the Percy Jackson franchise, because I read like the entire first series within 3 months. Mind you it’s a young adult series and I was in my first year of college when I got wind of the books. But I just couldn’t but any of the 5 down! Percy Jackson and the Olympians was exactly what I wanted in a book series and had been needing ever since that bitch Rowling decided to end my favorite franchise. Excuse me, J.K. is not a bitch, I’m just upset that I’ll never have more Harry Potter in my life. Which, by extension, is undoubtedly her fault. Continue reading