It’s Always Sunny on Netflix – a review by SimpleJack

So as you many of you have heard, one of the funniest shows to grace cable TV over the past 10 years has finally made its long awaited Netflix debut (albeit American Netflix, sorry Canadians *cough Vernon Smells cough*). I was never a huge Sunny fan, occasionally I would catch a rerun on FX or Comedy Central, and actually was able to catch most of the last season, however I got into the show so late that I was unable to find a (legal) way to catch the classic episodes from the earlier seasons . However, when Vernon told me It’s Always Sunny came out on American Netflix, I was more than excited… here’s my layman review of my experience.

I started at good old episode one, determined to watch all the episodes one-by-one straight though. So I grabbed my trusty pint of MountainDew, some chips and dip, and several 5-hour energies and found my place on the couch. As soon as I was half way through the first episode I knew something was off, then it hit me. WHERE WAS DANNY DEVITO?! I mean Frank… You see, I always enjoyed Frank’s character from the later episodes I saw, I can relate to him because I too am vertically challenged. That’s beside the point, it just was not the Sunny I knew without Frank. So going against my promise I skipped to the first episode of season 2… and that’s where things got good. I do not know how my kidney is still functioning because after 1.5 seasons and over 6 hours straight of Sunny, I was in a constant state of laughter and ecstasy. I swear, I herniated a disk in my back watching Frank drop acid at walk-on tryouts for the Eagles, or when the McPoyles hold the gang hostage in the bar (seriously that episode was 25 minutes of nonstop laughter. Well anyway, I am 5 episodes into Season 3, but will keep you all updated as I continue my journey to experience 100% of Sunny. Anyway here are my quick reviews of my 3 favorite episodes so far:

1. The Gang Gets Held Hostage: This and The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre (Season 8) are my 2 favorite episodes of Sunny I have seen so far, both coincidentally are McPoyles episodes. The twist ending really makes this episode, but there was not a single dull moment in this episode where the McPoyles, armed with AK-47s, hold the gang hostage in Paddy’s.

2. Hundred Dollar Baby*: This episode starting a bit slow but soon became one of my favorite. Frank trains Dee in the art of self-defense, while Dennis and Mac season Charlie for the dangers of underground street fighting. This was the first episode where I began to warm up to Sweet Dee’s character. (MLB baseball has forced me to place an asterisk next to the title of this episode because of PEDs use)

3. The Gang Gets Invincible: classic It’s Always Sunny parody. In a spoof of the film Invincible, the Eagles are holding open tryouts which attracts the interest of Mac, Dennis, and Dee with promises of playing on “The Linc” and meeting (then Eagle star) Donavon McNabb. The situational humor is priceless in this episode, as Frank drops acid and even more conflict is precipitated by the notorious McPoyle family.

Those are my thoughts so far. Stay updated though as I will continue to report on my progress, hopefully another article coming late this week. This is SimpleJack, signing out.

-Simple Jack

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Randy Moss, Linsanity, Manning Vs Manning, Hines Ward and The Grammys

Due to some internet problems over the last few weeks I’ve been unable to write any articles, but now I’m back and I’ve got a few stories and topics to cover.

1) Randy Moss is out of retirement! Last year, wide receiver, Randy Moss retired after no teams seemed to have any interest in him. I thought this was crazy as he is a “freak”. As long as you have someone to throw the ball high in the air, Moss will catch it. I’m hopping that someone will sign Moss this year. Personally the Team that has Peyton Manning at the beginning of the season should sign Moss. Imagine Peyton Manning throwing 60 yard bombs to Randy Moss and who better to keep him in check.

2) Jeremy Shu-How Lin (not to be confused with Timothy Richard Tebow) is the greatest player in NBA history. Alright well, maybe not… YET, but he is one of the greatest things to happen to basketball. Jeremy Lin is a Harvard graduate, for those not familiar with the likes of Harvard graduates, I brought names: John Adams, John F Kennedy, Mitt Romney, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It is easy to assume that Mr Lin is a very intelligent man and that he is good role model. Lin is also the underdog story of the year. He went from living on his brothers couch to averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists in his first 4 starts. Jeremy Shu-How Lin is a mix of a genius, Rudy and Tim Tebow. This is why he is the greatest thing to happen to if not basketball, all of sports.

3) Since winning his 2nd Superbowl and slaying the evil Patriots AGAIN, Eli Manning is now said to be better than his older brother Peyton. Now as an avid Colts fan, I understand that maybe I only have this view, for the fact that Peyton Manning has been my idol for as long as I’ve liked football. However, with that being said, Peyton Manning has won 4 regular season MVP awards (an NFL record), he is the 3rd all time in both passing yards and touchdowns and has one a Super Bowl of his own. Eli has won two Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVP awards. I understand that the NFL weighs Super Bowls heavily, but you shouldn’t judge a player solely on that, you should judge him for his whole body of work. Peyton Manning led his teams to 9 consecutive playoff appearances (tied an NFL record). He did this with a low-ranked defense, and in the last few years a low-ranked run game. Eli has been leading an off and on Giants team that has had a great defense, and like the team in general an off and on run game. Eli is younger and has time to improve his stats and career, but until then, I think it’s safe to say Peyton Manning is the better Manning.

4) Fourth on the docket, the curious case of Hines Ward. Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward wants to end his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler, but the Steelers plan on releasing him. Hines Ward has even stated that he would restructure his contract so he could remain a Steeler. This case reminds me of where the Edmonton Oilers traded Ryan Smyth, who said he’d love to play for the Oilers(as they were his favourite team as a child), but they still traded him. Although I am not a Steelers fan, I feel for Hines Ward and I hope that the Steelers do decide to keep him for the rest of his career.

5) Last and least, The Grammys. The Grammys were as expected, very tame and horrid. However, there was a small silver lining, Bon Iver won Best New Artist, Adele won 6 Grammys and Kanye West won four. After this years list of winners, The Grammys got back some of their integrity by locking out Artists such as Drake and Wiz Khalifa. However, this years performances were less then stellar with the exceptions of Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I will always love you” by the late Whitney Houston and Adele’s performance of “Rolling in the Deep”. Next year, pending albums of course, I’m hoping for performances by Kanye West, Jay Z, Blink 182, Eminem, a performance by Dr Dre (after finally releasing Detox), a rejuvenated Green Day and or multiple Rock band acts. I would like less performances by Chris Brown, David Guetta, Taylor Swift and everybody and anybody in the Young Money family.




A little bit about my self

The first thing I have to say is HELLO !!! This is my first article from the couch and I would just like to introduce myself, I am Gonzo, I will will be reporting on anything and everything TV and Movie related. I am a huge movie and TV buff so that is why I was chosen for this endeavor, plus if I wasn’t chosen for this, I would have cut Vernon Smells(kalib) and I mean that, I really would have cut him. I threaten him with a knife all the time, he thinks I’m going to kill him. But lets get back to me, I specialize in Documentaries and anything comedy related. Well that’s it for now, so long and remember I’m watching…