If last night’s pilot episode of the dreadfully out-of-touch sitcom Work It failed to resemble any sort of believable reality, than the upcoming season 2 episode of the cult hit Portlandia pulled off the opposite feat: Hitting a little too close to home.
While the episode titled “One Moore Time” hasn’t aired on IFC yet, it’s already available to watch on IFC.com. (If you’re already a fan of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein‘s astute comedy, then you probably already learned of that news days before it was cool to know it.)
The episode, which you can watch in its entirety below, featured bits that ranged from the amusing (an allergy-pride parade which featured, among other sufferers, a clown who can’t wear make-up) to the downright absurd (a couple builds a quaint fire pit, but envision doing some other fiery things with it).While Armisen and Brownstein’s array of hopelessly hipster characters consistently hit the mark, it was the premiere’s celebrity guests, as is often the case, who stole the show. This time around, it was an appearance from the always-funny Jeff Goldblum as a knot salesman (you read that correctly) and a self-deprecating Eddie Vedder, both as himself and a tattoo.
While it’s easy to laugh at the flakiness of the revolving Portlandia characters, it’s a humbling moment when you realize you’ve done something exactly like one of them. Case in point: The running gag in “One Moore Time” in which a couple’s (Armisen and Brownstein, natch) obsession with marathoning Battlestar Gallactica costs them their jobs, leads to a bladder infection, and compels them to track down Ronald D. Moore (well a Ronald D. Moore, not the Ronald D. Moore) to ask him to write more episodes.
Sure, most of us probably haven’t been so far gone as to arranging a table-read with Edward James Olmos (Eddie Jimmy Olmos, if you will) and James Callis at the home of a complete stranger, but who hasn’t kidded with themselves that they’re going to watch “just one more episode” of Battlestar Gallactica… or Doctor Who… or Lost… or The Wire… or, inevitably, Portlandia?
Season 2 of Portlandia starts on IFC on Friday.
What did you think of the new episode of Portlandia, PopWatchers? Is season 2 already living up to your expectations? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. But, please, whatever you do, don’t call. You know who wouldn’t call? Starbuck.