Gentle Readers, this has been a sad year. We lost so many great artists from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher, we had a sickening election year, and it seems like 2016 itself has anthropomorphized into a evilly sapient entity bent upon death and misery. There has never been a time more critical for a good…no great comedy/drama- People of Earth is that show. This show has made me laugh and sometimes brought me to no kidding emotional moments.
The writing is amazingly quick and sharp. There are true – No Shit Legit geniuses working in their Writers’ Room, but that would fall flat without the vaudevillian levels of perfect timing and delivery of the cast. I knew that Oscar Nunez, Ana Gasteyer, H Jon Benjamin, Brian Huskey, and Wyatt Cynac would deliver great drama and comedy, but the deep newcomer talent stood alone and improved upon the ensemble: Da’vine Joy, Daniel Sherman, Bjorn Gustafsson, Nancy Lenehan, Tracee Chimo, Ken Hall, Alice Wetterlund, Debra McCabe, and Luka Jones all provided excellent performances that were believable, funny, and pulled you into their world.
There was one actor that brought no kidding teary eyed moments: Michael Cassidy. I saw him on Smallville and bit parts, but on People of Earth, he delivered powerful performances week after week. Watch this man because you’re seeing the next Tom Hanks. The obvious casting would be for action roles, but if he’s judicious and picks roles that let him push his drama and comedy chops, the next Tom Hanks he shall be. You read it here first!
Cold Open: LOTR-G confesses that he hasn’t worked in months, is in love with a subject, and will shave his head (pick the lie). Scroty won’t hear it because he’s about to consummate his revenge again Gina using Nancy as his weapon. Scary! Ozzie shows up and Scroty wants to kill them both. LOTR-G subtly turns off the wifi, thwarting Scroty from his double homicide. It’s pretty awesome that it’s just a wifi router that could’ve been bought at a Walgreens! AWESOME! Ozzie shows Gina the drawings of him with his lizard friend.
Chelsea calls her husband on the way back from the concert and hears him with another woman, poising her for revenge sex with Father Doug.
Richard is on the side of the road and gets picked up by Margaret who tries to explain that Nancy is just not that into him, but it falls upon deaf ears.
Jonathan is eating cheap food with Officer Glimmer and we learn: Officer Glimmer is NOT an alien just a dead beat lousy gambler who sold out to Aliens!!! LOTR-G approaches and tells Jonathan that Scroty’s going to kill subjects (Ozzie and Gina). Jonathan is visibly upset and goes to Ozzie’s rescue!
Ozzie and Gina are at the burger shack and decide to use hard-core therapy to get his memories out. Gina discloses that the last time she used this therapy it led to her patient’s death. They push forward anyway.
Jonathan confronts Nancy. It triggers his memory. He enters the shop and heads to the employees only door. The memory stops. Gina makes him go to the door.
LOTR-G is about to break up with Kelly, but instead they follow their hearts to Iceland. I’ve considered visiting Iceland, but I can be bored locally. Take that Iceland! SLAM! That’s right, that burn was cold …. as Ice! ICELAND YOU’VE BEEN FREEZER BURNED!!!
Jonathan tries to reason with Scroty that killing subjects is against the rules. Scroty insists that the rules don’t apply because the Main Ship is coming. They fight. Ahem: Scroty Man, Scroty Man, doing the things a Scroty can. What’s he like? Kind of a dick, Scroty Man. Scroty Man meets Jon-a-than, they have a fight Jon-a-than wins, Jon-a-than. [Sung]
Father Doug is practicing his keyboard and Chelsea arrives. She explains that her marriage is over. She throws herself at him and he catches it.
Richard arrives at Gina’s and sees Jonathan and Nancy fighting. Jonathan tries to reason with Scroty that he knows that he was in love with Kurt. It doesn’t go well. Scroty can’t handle Kurt’s death let alone that he was in love with a man.
Ozzie goes to the Employees Only Door, Gina distracts the store owner, and Ozzie bursts into the room. FLASH! Ozzie remembers his young self walking into the Employees only room years ago seeing the Reptilians in the back- some propose to kill him and Jonathan stops them. They respond like the serious yet lighthearted corporate frat guys I went to school with and still think of fondly of saying – Louis, I gotta say this one’s on you. Jonathan prevents them from killing Ozzie and convinces them to take him to the ship. Officer Glimmer finds Ozzie and arrests him.
Gerry is on his way to a date with Joy and his pulled into bailing out Ozzie and Gina. He wants Gerry to help him, but he’s all about insurance now.
Chelsea is trying to convince Father Doug that it’s okay that she likes him. Father Doug is trying to hold back.
Richard continues to watch Nancy and Jonathan fight. Jonathan wins, but Nancy’s self-destruct activates.
Gina hypnotizes Ozzie. They are on the ship and all of the Starcrossed member are being catalogued on the ship as children including GINA…DUN DUN DUN!!!
Jonathan is missing part of his face and it appears that both Richard and Jonathan might’ve been killed in the blast. *sniff*
The Main Ship docks and…..Scroty doesn’t recognize them at all.
Jonathan is rebooting Nancy and she recounts the Starcrossed members’ names and it’s confirmed that they were all abducted as children.
SONG: The songs on this series are awesomeballs! EG:
Chelsea and Father Doug get it on.
Richard is found by Gina and Ozzie. Ozzie learns that Jonathan is an Alien, LOTR-G and Kelly go to Iceland, Joy is stood up, and Gerry is abducted!!! CRAZYTOWN!!!
There’s also a hilarious post-credit clip!!