I can remember hearing about Danny McBride years ago and how he's so funny, etc and when I first saw him, he completely turned me off. I still don't think much of him. As a actor and a comedian, he's limited. However, because of Walton Goggins, I watched all of Vice Principals. More than once, actually. And I laughed (and CRIED-the last two episodes of that show are some of the best series TV I have EVER seen) more than I ever thought I would have. Even at things DMc did. Lee Russell and Neal Gamby are anti heroes (at best), outright villains at their worst, and yet I LOVED them and their friendship. Hated that they only did two seasons of the show.
So when I heard of TRG, and heard WG was coming along, okay. I gave it a try. And my biggest problem with it, aside from the obvious ? It's BORING. And maybe an UO among the people who enjoy the show, but I think DMc himself looks bored. Or maybe it's just his character in this one. I get that his shows are actually more dramas with comedy moments. But in every scene, I should feel SOMETHING, and I just don't.
I hate to say it, but even Walton doesn't make this good-proof that while everything he touches is better because he's there, doesn't make the project itself worth recommending. I did enjoy the one flashback show with the mom being alive. If the show had been set in the past and they went with that, and had Danny McBride playing the father, with Walton as young Billy, for the entirety of the series, I think it would've been better. John Goodman could still have a part, somehow. Maybe JG and another actor could play the characters as older versions ? IDK.
But I think what I might be missing is the awesome chemistry with McBride and Goggins that they displayed in VP, that is just lost here. Righteous Gemstones is a show about horrible people, that I don't care about and cannot get invested in. VP was a similar type show, but I loved those two knuckleheads. A big part of it could simply be, that VP was written years beforehand, and there is obviously so much love by the creators in those characters and that story. And I feel like RG in comparison is just so....uninspired and lazy.
It's a shame, really. I adore WG, and if I hear of a really good episode he is in for the next season, I might stop and watch it. But otherwise, I think the show's a big "meh". It makes me think VP may have been a fluke LOL.