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Sunday, June 18, 2006 |
( 6/18/2006 08:52:00 AM ) Bill S.
HUFFING – After championing its first season, Ben Varkentine has gotten fed up with the sophomore run of Showtime's Huff, and after catching up on the last two eps this weekend, I can't much disagree with him. Over the space of a season, the series' primary characters have rapidly grown less appealing: where once Oliver Platt's Russell Tupper served as the central example of a guy who lets his hedonistic impulses consistently undermine every mildly decent move he tries to make, now we see Hank Azaria's title lead indulging in the same self-destructive behavior. At the same time, son Bird's rush into completely sociopathic behavior has been so sudden and ill-explained that I find myself wondering if the Hufstadts' home isn't located within proximity of a Hellmouth. Watching this anti-functional brood go its increasingly unhappy way, snapping at each other and making idiot decision after idiot decision, makes me miss the flawed but much more entertaining Six Feet Under. The Fishers and friends may've been as fucked up as the Huff crowd, but at least they were that way with a steady dose of grim wit . . .