For too long, really too long, the answers were, as one might expect, anemic and lacking in contrast. In recent years, the answers have been expanded in a fantastic way. Sometimes the answer is rooted in gender (Mad Men, Girls) other times it is neglected communities (Queen sugar, pose). More and more, as the apocalypse gets closer, the answer has been addressed to science fiction enthusiasts (Black mirror, Strange things), and even millennia who work or aspire to work in print journalism (The bold type). If we are lucky, which is not as rare as we might think (there are a ton of good TVs buried in wastewater), the answers overlap and we get a series of the kind Ramy or Jane the Virgin or Kill Eve.
And yet, what I expect most is to discover that I do not easily identify and that I still do not find a place inside. I can hear the chorus now: But is not that what characterizes a big TV show !? Is not it the purpose of the television? Not always. For me, that's what makes the HBO Fred Armisen HORMO vehicle The spookys particularly dynamic. He has his own mind and attitude and it does not matter if you refuse to meet him where he is; He will do what he will do.
If you have the courage to cross this bridge, to trust the instincts of the series during its season of six stellar episodes and wonderfully eccentric, you will come across a vast, wondrous country of fake sea monsters, owned broadcasters, daredevilers, and more. a pyramidal system "Hierbalite". , haunted mirrors, and an impertinent spirit of water obsessed with King's speech.
The spookys is a Spanish-language series centered on a quartet of self-proclaimed "horror technicians" living in an unnamed Latin American country. Sharing a common love for the grotesques, they direct the staging of an eccentric group of local customers, consisting of a research scientist who would prefer to create a website specializing in film criticism to boost tourism. . (The previous attraction of the city was an owl with a wig, but the wig was lost because, as the biggest says, "it was not secured with a hairpin . ")
In the first episode, one of the strongest in the series, there is a priest arrived in town and Father Francisco lost favor with the congregation. The baptisms collapsed; prayer requests also have. He is no longer very useful to him- "No one needs me," he says. To relight his star power (and because "the devil, unfortunately, did not own any of the orphans"), I appealed to The Espookys to help him staging a fake Exorcism, which is considered "a request for a shop these days". This is the kind of work that becomes emblematic of the gonzo group's activities throughout the season. "We are not Ghostbusters", exclaim their business cards, "it's different".
Also equipped with four eccentric, The Espookys is directed by Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco, a lover of Gothic) who wears all-black sets and speaks with a warm rasp. There are sisters Ursula (Cassandra Ciangherotti), a tortured assistant artist-assistant, and Tati (Ana Fabrega), the unofficial and adorable model of the band's tender test. André (wunderkind Saturday night live writer Julio Torres) is the most elaborate character of the horror troupe. He has electric blue hair and is the next to inherit the chocolate empire from his family (all bordering on a hilarious copyright violation, signature chocolates include "Mickey Moose" and "Harvey Potters" "). His boyfriend Juan Carlos, an archetype of telenovela, is the heir to a fortune in biscuits. A possible alliance between the two families becomes the twisted fixation of Andres' parents, despite his extracurricular interests, one of which includes a quest for his past and the night found at the orphanage. Did I mention Andrés was adopted? Cue the parasitic demon drama!
Renaldo's Uncle Tico (Fred Armisen), who helps propel and glue the series in a fascinating style. It's a bit like a valet master in Los Angeles and it's "the only person in the world who can park two cars at the same time". It's Tico who inspired Renaldo to launch Les Espookys. Armisen created the show with Fabrega and Torres, and said that after visiting Mexico City A few years ago, during a research trip, I became fascinated by the local Gothic subculture and wanted to develop a series that embodies a philosophy similar to that of punk-horror.
It's really the gift of The spookys-It colors outside the lines, he speaks his own language. The show bypasses all traditional television viewers who are waiting on television, even as streaming platforms have widened access to disparate scenes and communities. Like the best of Television in the last five years, The spookys flames because he stays true to what he is supposed to be. It's intimate, adorable, weird, meticulous in its weird humor, and released from public pressure. (Most of the series is done in Spanish with English subtitles.)
While asking Who does a TV show address to? I'm really trying to answer a larger question: who is worthy of talking to? And why this? What does this mean for the industry or even for our personal tastes? "Life is full of unexpected wonders," Renaldo said in an end-of-season episode, when a dream opportunity heads south. The same goes for the show: it's a little unexpected wonder. The spookys Proof that when doormen do not take any risk, when they deem a strange horror comedy in Spanish worthy of a mass audience, we are not surprised what we hear back but they also enrich themselves.
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