Reviews: Letterkenny

I generally don’t write reviews. I know what you’re thinking: “Why the f**k would you have an opinion on anything?”

True enough, I suppose. But anyone who’s read my novels and actually follow the mad ravings I post on social media know that … well … I’m quite opinionated … even though I try not to be too “judgy” if you know what I mean.

“Whoa! Peddle the Breaks now!” you might say, since this is probably the most I’ve ever really written on a blog post, let alone the rampant fart jokes on FB. BUT buckle-up, buttercup! Because this is my first ever review on my blog!

So, after that rather long and lengthy introduction, I’ll dial back about 20% of my anecdotes and delve right into the heart of it: The Review of Letterkenny…

“There are 5,000 people in Letterkenny. These are their problems.”

This is the brief but glorious intro to just about every episode of a series based in a fictional, rural town in Ontario. If you don’t know where Ontario is–God help you–just know that the series is based in Canada, so, just as some of my word choices above have indicated, there are some colloquialisms that you might need to hear a few times before they start to sink in.

The series was created by Jared Keeso and Jordan Beirnes, the former contributed to much of the writing and directing of each episode. It is on CraveTV, which is, unfortunately, inaccessible for subscription to us folks in the USA. Therefore, I watched two of four wonderful seasons on Hulu.

Don’t let Canada’s obvious attempt of “cold-heartedly” sequestering such joy from her, as of late, seemingly mildly-retarded cousin (Sorry, I mean mentally impaired). This show is a gem, as it follows the lives of the “hicks, skids, hockey players and Christians,” each group trying to make their impact in a town that … well … is at least big enough to have a produce stand, a hockey team and a bar (hmm … which I believe might have closed).

The primary protagonist is Wayne, who is a “hick,” is the “toughest person in town,” which is important thing to know, and is played by Jared himself. Other primary characters are his sister Katy, his friend Daryl, who they “affectionately” call Dary, and Dan, who we later discover is “too fat to run.” Then, of course, there are the secondary characters, who are pulled from the before mentioned groups.

Unlike my normal brain fodder that I read, watch and, well, write, there are no gratuitous explosions, gun battles or otherworldly sets (okay, rural Ontario could be considered that). Each episode, instead, treats you to beautiful wordplay as characters often throw barbs at each other … or just sit around and ponder the nature of people and things,  such as ongoing discussions about schneef, fundip and horns. If you, like me prior to watching this show, had no idea what I just said, Letterkenny will broaden not only your Canadian vocabulary but also your mind.

Anyhoo, “tick-tock” you might say, since you obviously have better things to do than keep reading this. So, I’ll wrap this up and “pitter-patter” off to the rest of my day as well. And, besides, I heard about this thing call the “Internet,” which has other seasons of Letterkenny that I can watch without violating the law…

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