One of my biggest complaints for the new Muppets series has been the treatment of Kermit the Frog. Kermit is, above all, usually depicted as a very nice guy. At worst, the others treat him like a doormat. He may get frustrated, but he never gets mean.
The new show has, on occasion, tossed that idea out the window. We’ve seen Kermit, perhaps out of jealousy, break up Piggy and Josh Grobin, and rob the rest of the crew of good times after they had too much fun at karaoke. We’ve seen him lie to Fozzie about the bear’s quality as a writer, though in that case it was to prevent from hurting the sensitive bear’s feelings and he did confess the truth later.
So, this episode may have been a step in a better direction. Episode SPOILERS after the cut.
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Last night, we learned that Fozzie Bear is a nicer person than Kermit the Frog. Fozzie has a hit stand-up routine about his human girlfriend Becky’s sweatiness. When he learns how hurt she was (after she gets revenge on him), he removes it from his act. Would Kermit have done the same thing? Not this incarnation of Kermit. Kermit just wants to put on a good show, and if he has to manipulate Piggy and the crew, then by Henson, he will.
But this week, Reese Witherspoon was the celebrity guest, and I want to address that a bit behind the cut.
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Gabbing Geek contributor Greg has been rather baffled about how anyone (let alone Jimmy, Jenny, or myself) could possibly be enjoying The Muppets. It hasn’t been working for him. He’s been wondering what he’s been missing, is there something wrong with him, or with the rest of us, and why hot dogs come in packs of ten but hot dog buns come in packs of eight.
I don’t have answers for any of those questions, but let me attempt to address his concerns while discussing last night’s episode after the cut.
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I complained a bit last week that Gonzo has, thus far, had very little to do so far. He’s one of the classic Muppet characters, he’s performed by the only one of the original Muppeteers still working with the characters, and he’s in the freakin’ promos. Thus far, he’s been little better than a side character making comments on the action.
He got a whole subplot this week. SPOILERS for last night’s episode after the cut.
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The Muppets continues to chug along, showing the more mature side of our childhood friends. Yeah, there’s always been that undercurrent, but now the undercurrent is the overcurrent.
How’d they do this week? SPOILERS for the episode.
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The Muppets premiered this week on ABC, with a promised “more adult” sensibility. That was enough to gain a boycott from One Million Moms, but not from three of Gabbing Geeks finest, Jenny, Jimmy and Tom. What did they think? See after the cut.
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Sqqquuuuuueeeeeee!!!! This has to be one of the best all time mashups of all time! Lord of the Rings + Muppets in a epic onslaught of awesomeness! Check out the who’s who of this piece of art by Kenny Durkin: That’s Robin as Frogo, Bean as Samwise Bunny, Pepe as Peppin, Rowlf as Gandrowlf, Scooter as Legopher, Kermit as Arafrog, Fozzie as Bearamir, Gonzo as Gimzo, and Rizzo as Mizzo. So much cute I can’t handle it!