This piece is less of a review or critic; it’s more of a brief look into what I love about Louie and what Louis C.K. has done with the role of a showrunner. In the spirit of the show I didn’t preplan extensively what I was going to write and instead just put down whatever came into my head.
I love Louie for reasons I dislike many sitcoms. It has no standard structure, no clear rules within the show’s universe, and an inconstant cast (many of which are reasons why Glee is such a mess). And yet it uses all this qualities, which would normally be considered flaws and turns them into great assets. With each episode of Louie you never know what you’re going to get. One episode is almost entirely a flashback, another is a few laughs somber drama, and others can be just purely funny. Community may play around with structure and the conventions of a sitcom, but Louie challenges the notion of what it means to be called a half hour comedy. Sometimes a plot covers a whole episode, others may take up only a third, and then the episode plays out as a series of short films.
The following is my final paper for my American Popular Culture course, detailing the evolution of the world’s most famous cartoon icon from his creation to the 2010 video game Epic Mickey.
A century ago who would have believed a small little, rodent creature would be the icon of not just a multi-billion dollar company but also a symbol of innocence, youth, and, happiness. The icon of course is none other than Mickey Mouse, a character that has hundreds of different meanings to millions of different people. But the Mickey the public knows today is not the same cartoon mouse that audiences knew when he made his first public appearance in 1928. Rather throughout the eight decades he’s been around, Mickey Mouse has evolved and grown, just as the public has. Where Mickey was once a mischievous, abrasive, adventurer over the years he’s transformed into a cheerful, calm, educational tool. But the question lately has been whether Mickey Mouse is still a relevant figure in a fast paced, high-tech world full of video games and action films. Where exactly does the eighty-three year-old Mickey Mouse fit in with newer icons such as Super Mario and Spongebob Squarepants? Disney hopes to answer this question by rebranding the aging character to once again become an important character in the upcoming decade of the teens. By going back to the essential qualities of humor, heart, mischief, and adventure that once made up Mickey Mouse, Disney can rediscover a character that is truly timeless.
With the 2010-2011 television series having officially ended last week most shows are now on break till the season starts back up again in September. While there are a handful of good summer series that you should be watching (FX’s Louie, AMC’s Breaking Bad) I thought I’d put together a list of three dramas and three comedies I’d recommend watching this summer to keep your TV busy during a season that tends to be a scripted series drought. I’ll personally be catching up on HBO’s The Wire and hopefully Deadwood, along with rewatching LOST with my girlfriend. I’ll be writing about those shows periodically throughout the summer and maybe a few more if I finish those quickly, but till then here’s what I recommend you should be catching up on.