The first thing I noticed about Wilfred was that it was rated TV MA LS. Which for those of you who don’t know what those initials stand for it means that the new dark and twisted FX comedy is considered unsuitable for audiences under 17, has crude indecent language, and explicit sexual activity. Yes folks, a show about a man who writes four drafts of a suicide note, research’s a drug’s side effects on Wikipedia, and sees a dog as a grown man is not suitable for children under 17. All I could think was, “Oh crap what have I gotten myself into?”
In the beginning I was worried that the show would be to gimmicky and I wouldn’t be able to focus on anything but the fact that there was a grown man who spoke in an Australian accent in a dog’s costume. Yes I realize that Jason Gann, the actor who plays Wilfred, is Australian, but that’s not the freaking point. The point is that he is a grown man with an Australian accent in a dog costume. How can that not be distracting? As it turns out once I was able to wrap my head around the fact that I was watching the premiere episode without the help of any recreational encouragements it actually wasn’t that distracting. In fact it was kind of cute. If you’re into that whole man wearing dog costume thing that is.
For those of you who may have been worried that Elijah Wood would never be to shake Frodo Baggins from our minds can safely rest assured that he slides into the role of the depressive and suicidal Ryan effortlessly. Within moments he makes you feel as though he was born for this role. And the chemistry he and Jason share is off the charts. In less than 30 minutes they successfully establish their relationship in an oddly realistic way. By the time the credits roll Wood has you believing that it has got to be the rest of the world that is seeing things because Wilfred really is a guy who just happens to wear a dog’s costume. Of course the scene where Wilfred is humping a giant teddy bear was a bit distrubing and a vision I feel I will be trying to wipe from my memory for days to come. Hell, maybe next week they can top it with something even more disconcerting.
It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Is Wilfred a manifestation of all that is wrong in Ryan’s life? Is he Ryan’s messed up version of Jiminy Cricket? Or maybe Wilfred is finally the excuse for happiness that Ryan has been searching for. Who knows all I know is that I will be watching and I have a feeling I’m not going to be the only one. My final rating is:
Time to start keeping up with this could be classic. If you don’t you’ll have no clue what all the cool kids are taking about.
Until next time,