The Boys are Back In Town: Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head Episodes 1 & 2


Having done both America and the universe, Beavis and Butt-Head are back where they belong!

I just watched the first two episodes of Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head on Paramount+.  The boys are once again spending their days sitting on the couch and watching videos.  They’ve got a flat screen now and, like the rest of the world, they’ve abandoned MTV for TikTok and YouTube.  Judging by these two episode, they’re a little smarter now than they were during their original run.  Butt-Head can now read (if he puts some effort into it) and Beavis knows how to use a drill.  Of course, smart is a relative term when it comes to Beavis and Butt-Head.  They haven’t changed that much.  They’re still getting trapped in boxes and they still can’t score.  Beavis still loves fire but, as he discovers during the first episode, Fire can be a tough taskmaster.

Beavis and Butt-Had aren’t the only ones to return.  Mr. Van Driessen and Mr. Anderson return in the second episode.  Mr. Van Driessen tells the boys that people will buy fresh honey.  Mr. Anderson tries to warn the boys about a giant wasp’s nest.  You see where it’s going but it doesn’t make it any less funny.  Unfortunately, Stewart hasn’t returned yet.  Is he still wearing his Winger t-shirt in 2022?

Each episode features two separate stories, along with cut-away scenes of Beavis and Butt-Head watching and commenting on videos.  The first episode started with Beavis and Butt-Head wrecking havoc at an escape room and it ended with Beavis talking to a dumpster fire.  The Escape Room story wasn’t anything special but it did serve to reintroduce Beavis and Butt-Head so it served its purpose.  The Dumpster Fire segment was better and it featured a rare solo turn for Beavis.  I loved that Fire’s instructions to Beavis were not what you would expect.  Get some exercise.  Recycle.  Think about college.  Fire cares!

The first episode was all about reintroducing Beavis and Butt-Head but the second episode showed the series settling into its groove.  The first story featured Beavis and Butt-Head getting trapped in a box.  Beavis, always the optimist, thought that maybe they should just get used to living in the box and that maybe some chicks would show up.  When they realized they were running out of air, Butt-Head started taking deep breaths to try to get as much of the air as possible before Beavis could get it.  The second story was a stone cold Beavis and Butt-Head classic, featuring farmer’s markets, wasps, shampoo, and of course, Mr. Van Driessen and Mr. Anderson.  Everyone knows that Beavis and Butt-Head never score and never will score.  The second episode reminded us that Mr. Van Driessen never score either and it’s usually Beavis and Butt-Head’s fault.  After years of being humiliated and often grievously injured by Beavis and Butt-Head, Mr. Van Driessen still hasn’t given up on them.  Maybe he should.

Of the videos that the boys critiqued, the highlight was Beavis revealing his love for BTS but I also liked their commentary on a creepy Cale Dobbs video.  Their TikTok commentaries seem like they’ll be more uneven but I did enjoy their reaction to the man explaining how to do a prison tattoo.  That will be a good skill to have when the boys inevitably end up in prison.

The most important thing about, though, is that Beavis and Butt-Head are back!  Just in time, too.  The world is finally stupid enough to benefit from their insight.

2 responses to “The Boys are Back In Town: Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head Episodes 1 & 2

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