Since I posted a blog about Holliston, I've been thinking of other shows that I enjoy which I think other schmoes would too. There's quite a few that I thought of, but one show forced its way to the top of my list.
Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil.
The plot is fairly simple. A weed smoking, heavy metal loving teenager accidently unleashes the Book of Pure Evil upon Crowley High School. Alongside his best friend, the girl of his dreams(who wants nothing to do with him sexually), a nerdy girl outcast(who's actually really friggin' cute) and Jimmy the sage like janitor team up to try to stop the Book from destroying the world.
Does it sound a little bit like Buffy? Sure. Is as silly as the premise sounds? Yep. Should you even check it out? Oh fuck yes!
Now I'll admit, when I first started seeing trailers for it from FEARnet, it sounded really damn contrived. I almost wrote it off entirely. But I gave it a shot and I'm a better man for it.
You see, there is a lot that separates this show from its similar-themed brethren.
First, the music. This is an unabashed tribute to metal. If you even have a passing interest in the musical genre, you will get a kick out the music choices throughout the series. Bands such as Danzig, Children of Bodom and Blackguard all contribute to the show. But not just that, it's a heavy metal fantasy in a sense. There is a lot of nods to the musical genre's horror roots.
Secondly, this show is hilarious. The scripting is full of quotable lines, but I'll be the first to say that a lot of the humor is juvenile. There is plenty of dick, weed and masturbation jokes spread throughout the series. It isn't high art. But that's okay, because the jokes actually land when they are supposed to. If you don't laugh at least once through an episode, well then I'd question your sense of humor.
Honestly, there is a Troma-esque quality to this show. The gore and other special effects aren't high brow and aren't supposed to be. It adds to the overall flavor of the show. It uses puppetry to great effect and it adds to the humor. If you get a kick out of low budget schlock, you will love this.
Where else will you see Todd fight a giant evil dick that turns people to stone and talks to him then tries to squeeze him tighter than an anaconda? And no, the dick isn't Todd's.
Thirdly and most importantly, the characters are memorable. Todd may be a complete idiot. He may be a burnout. He may be the worst possible person for the job. But damn it he's likeable! All of the other characters are just as memorable. But in particular I love Atticus Murphy Jr., the evil guidance councilor that is completely inept and Jimmy, the janitor who helps guide Todd to be the man he needs to be.
The fact that Jimmy is so memorable is because he's played by Jason Mewes. Mewes is the only name that most people will recognize, but he's also a relatively minor character in the scheme of things. He never goes over the top and into full on "Jay" mode but he's still Jason Mewes. He fits the show perfectly.
If you like Troma-esque schlock, weed and stoner jokes, heavy metal, or just plain silliness, then this is the show for you. It's first two seasons are available on Netflix Instant, so it's easy to check out for yourself.
Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before we got to reach the conclusion, but the show has been sort of saved by the fans. The creators started an Indiegogo to create an animated feature to finish out the series with all the cast returning. It HAS met it's goal, but the more it makes the more likely they will go live action again. I honestly hope that happens, but regardless if it doesn't I am looking forward to seeing how it all concludes.