Synopsis: Kenny Powers has finally gotten the perfect family life after leaving his baseball season behind. But when fame makes one last attempt for his soul, he is forced to choose between his dreams and his realities.
What Season: Final
Review: Eastbound and Down came out and introduced the world to both baseball has-been Kenny Powers but also Danny McBride. This was Mcbride’s first real chance to shine and he blew it out of the park. The first season of the Eastbound is still probably the best introduction to a comedy series and became an instant classic. Sadly like Powers himself, the series lost it’s way in lieu of raunchiness and vulgarity but losing all heart. But then in the last episode of the Season 3, Kenny Powers faked his death for lost love and ended his show on a high note.
Again like Powers, the show wasn’t content with leaving things on a high note and they came back with a fourth and final season. Man, am I glad it did. This final season really went back to basics and became one of the funniest, grossest, craziest show this season and made Eastbound worth watching past the first season. Saying a lot about the plot will kind of ruin the fun of watching it, but it’s basically Powers trying one last shot at fame before having to choose between what he loves and what he thinks he loves.
Basically the whole show boils down to Kenny Powers, a once great baseball player, trying to grow up when he never really had a chance (or a want) to do that. It’s a coming of age tale starring a 40 year old man to prove that we can all take a look back and reset if we need to. There were a lot of themes through out the series and the show would try things that even most dramas were scared to touch (such as infidelity through the eyes of a coked out groupie and the mundaneness of suburban life.)
What makes Eastbound great is that it took chances (even when that didn’t work) and that it matter (or at least tried to matter) with real themes of adulthood, fatherhood, and destiny. Even when it had it’s season long missteps, there was always something that called to bring us back. It will be a series that I doubt will be repeated again any time soon and maybe that will be it’s lasting legacy.
Or to put it another way, “Surrender is death, and death is for pussies. And my ass ain’t no pussy. My ass is a fucking champion.”
Worst Episode: Seasons 2-3 This season really had no bad episodes and since I’m doing an overlook of the entire series, I’ll talk about the two mid season. It was hard to see what was wrong with the series in the second season because it was still so new and by the third, it just seemed like the charm was gone. But after seeing this, the heart of the show and the reason for it’s brilliance really boils down to one person: April. April is Kenny’s long suffering lost love that spends most of the series trying to fight her feelings for this huge asshole. But in seasons 2 and 3, she kind of disappears so we have a lot of people that either hate Kenny Powers or are just like him. The problem is that Kenny isn’t a likable person and does some truly heinous things. So to have people like him, just gives the whole series a grimey feel that ends up just being a downer. Moreover if everyone hates him, then it just negates our hate for him and makes us feel like maybe we should hate this man too.
No we need April because April like us sees the good in him. We know somewhere in this disgusting, terrible person is someone trying to do the right thing, even if he isn’t sure what that thing is. So without April, we have no reason to like Kenny and no reason to watch. Katy Mixon does one of the best jobs of the year without us even noticing! She makes us care about not only the man, but the show!
Favorite Episode: Chapter 29 The finale is the best episode because it ends up exactly where you want it and somehow leaves you both satisfied and with a million possibilities. I won’t spoil it for you as it’s the best thing ever but it makes up for all the weird seasons and bad times. It just ends the series perfectly without taking away from Powers or getting too cheesy. Basically it was the perfect way to end the show.
Trivia: When you bring the thunder, sometimes you get lost in the storm.