Judge Roman Martel believes stupidity is in the eye of the beholder, and boy did he behold some stupidity.
Beer, babes, and ball—football!
Sometimes you see something in a movie or television series you've never seen before. Often times this can be innovative and exciting. Sometimes its horrifying and wrong. In special cases, its unbelievably dumb. That is why you've never seen it before—because no one was dumb enough to put it on film…until now.
Facts of the Case
Our freshman heroes Alex Moran (Darin Brooks, Days of Our Lives), Craig Shilo (Sam Jones III, Smallville) and Sammy Cacciatore (Chris Romano, The Sarah Silverman Program) arrive at Blue Mountain State University with different goals. Alex and Craig are going to play football, score some chicks, and drink lots of booze. Sammy is going to be the team mascot, score some chicks, drink lots of booze, and behave like a lunatic.
Our daring trio faces many obstacles to enjoying the full college experience. First, there is the over-zealous and possibly homicidal football team captain Thad Castle (Alan Ritchson, Fired Up) who makes it his mission to torment Alex. Then there's Denise (Gabrielle Dennis, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish), Craig's control freak girlfriend who goes out of her way to keep her man on a short leash. Then there's the typical stuff: parties, sex, venereal diseases, and vomiting. Yes friends, 13 episodes of a college experience like no other, unless you've seen those Van Wilder movies.
You can look at this series in three distinct ways:
As the Intended Audience
As the Comic Theory Analyst
As a Viewer Who Enjoys Comedies with Good Writing
There's also a real misogynistic streak here. Women are sex objects and that's about it. Most of them are dumb, and the smarter ones still just want to have sex. Yes, these women are all attractive, but not a real character to be seen. They even turn an old woman (played by Cloris Leachman, who I hope got paid well) into a sex addict. Really guys? Horny old lady jokes?!
Then there is the loathsome character of Sammy, that kinda crazy friend who does dumb things. Only Sammy is more like a sociopath with severe daddy issues. This guy does things for his friends, because—bros before hos! That is his only redeeming quality. The rest of the time he's killing animals, going after underage girls, relieving himself on furniture, and giving a poor (but admittedly bitchy) girl syphilis. Look, I know it's a dumb comedy and I should relax. But this guy is mean spirited and just plain unfunny. Any coincidence that he dresses as the mascot—a goat? See, he's a man-goat! Like Torgo from Manos: The Hands of Fate!
On Blu-ray, Blue Mountain State looks really good. You can see the cheerleader's pom-poms as well as the projectile vomit in startling 1080p clarity. The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio is solid, providing some bass for the opening credit theme as well as the music during the parties. The extras give you deleted scenes and outtakes, which are about as funny as the rest of the show. There is a montage of footage from the whole season with a picture-in picture-commentary by most of the main cast and writers. These guys have fun with it, giving you a little information, and joking around most of the time. The final extra—"Making the Squad:The Cheerleaders of BMS"—is a bizarre piece. It's basically the character of Sammy interviewing his sister and showing clips from Season Two. Yes, they made another season. The Master will be pleased.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
What is obvious from the commentary is that the creators knew exactly what kind of comedy they wanted to make: low brow and misogynistic. They didn't have anything loftier in mind, and they met their goal. This will appeal to a lot of guys who enjoy watching Spike. I'm just not one of those guys. Still, I can appreciate someone meeting their goals. The show wasn't supposed to be realistic; it's all fantasy. That's why it's about football players, but we don't actually see any games. That's not as much fun as watching parties and crazy shenanigans. Also, you get less naked chicks, if you only focus on football games.
All the actors and actresses are really into their parts. They all do a solid job with the lines and characters. Comic timing is handled well. These guys were willing to do a lot to make you laugh. But Alan Ritchson steals the show. His character, Thad, is a hulking, raging, dumb, frustrated guy. Ritchson nails it, making the guy even funnier as the season progresses. I actually looked forward to Thad's scenes, because he was so over-the-top and insane (but not in the creepy Sammy way). You have to hear his awesome junior high girl scream of terror. He uses it in a few episodes and it was hilarious. Check out the final minutes of the episode "Ransom" just to see the moment that parodies The Silence of the Lambs and climaxes in his shrieks of fright. Alan, this brew's for you!
Some people are going to find Blue Mountain State hilarious stuff, but I enjoy some wit with my raunch. Something like this just feels like a waste of a talented cast.
Guilty of thinking that giving a girl a venereal disease out of spite is comic gold.
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