Each week, we decide a brand new episode of the week. It might be good. It might be unhealthy. It can at all times be attention-grabbing. You’ll be able to learn the archives right here. The episode of the week for January 27 via February 2 is “Chase Goes to a Premiere,” the second episode of Comedy Central’s The Different Two.
“Shout out to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” the freshly minted movie star strolling the pink carpet says into the digicam. Then he remembers so as to add one thing: “And Sony Footage.”
It’s a tossed-off joke, and never even the funniest one within the new Comedy Central sequence The Different Two, however it says loads concerning the present’s basic worldview. It’s a sequence about growing old the place one of many predominant characters is a 13-year-old boy, and it’s a present about movie star that contains a star whose fame is nearly inexplicable to anybody older than 30.
The 13-year-old boy who makes the Jesus/Sony joke is ChaseDreams (aka Chase Dubek), a child who’s discovered himself on the middle of a bizarre maelstrom of fame, due to his YouTube music video “Kiss You at Recess.” He’s immensely well-known to a big crowd of individuals beneath 18, and the adults in his life are pressured to maintain up as his new profession takes flight, though they don’t actually perceive it.
These adults attempt to get him to play by the outdated guidelines of present enterprise — which embrace ensuring to thank the studio that invited you to a film premiere, and performing an extremely anodyne model of Christianity — however he doesn’t actually perceive these guidelines, as a result of at simply 13, he’s a self-made movie star.
And but for as a lot satire of present enterprise and the world as these components recommend, The Different Two is surprisingly heartfelt with regards to questions of household, of grief, and of battle.
Oh, and it’s additionally the primary TV present I can consider about millennials realizing they’re getting outdated.
If The Different Two has a satirical goal, it’s not present enterprise. It’s generational turnover.
There’s a component of The Different Two that seems like a barely disguised thinkpiece concerning the variations between millennials and their youthful siblings in Gen Z. The primary characters who’re millennials are all consistently hustling to maintain their heads above water and debating whether or not they really are millennials (a basic millennial factor to do!). The Gen-Z teenager is an entrepreneur who’s as snug with the surreal nature of fame as with the rest in his adolescence.
One era grew up amid financial uncertainty; the second grew up seeing their tough friends grow to be YouTube superstars, shrugged, and mentioned, “Why not me?” In its personal depraved method, The Different is a companion piece to Bo Burnham’s fantastic 2018 film Eighth Grade, which captures the precise flip facet of this expertise — the younger children who see others of their cohort attracting tens of millions on YouTube and do not know methods to talk the contents of their very own heads in a method that may join.
What retains The Different Two from being a lame “Millennials be like this, however Gen Z be like this!” standup routine is the best way it grounds these concepts each in character and in household. Its central three characters are all siblings. The oldest two, Brooke (Heléne Yorke) and Cary (Drew Tarver), are of their early 30s and flailing. Cary nonetheless desires to be an actor, however one of the best supply he’s gotten in ages is for a industrial the place he’ll play the position of “Man Who Smells Fart at Get together.” Brooke, in the meantime, left behind her previous as a dancer to grow to be an actual property agent, a job she promptly loses in The Different Two’s pilot as a result of she’s been crashing within the luxurious flats she’s speculated to be promoting.
In distinction, 13-year-old Chase (Case Walker), their youthful brother, is serenely assured in his means to, properly, chase his desires. His music, his stage identify, and his façade — they’re all fully vacuous, however they promote. On some stage, The Different Two is a cynical story a few dumb teenager who’s ruthlessly exploited by an business that intends to wring him dry and the relations who see him as their ticket to the celebrities.
However on one other stage, The Different Two isn’t that sequence, not precisely. Chase is vacuous as a result of he’s 13, and who amongst us wasn’t vacuous at 13? (I’ll share some poetry with you sometime should you’d like.) And even when his relationship with Brooke and Cary isn’t as sturdy because it might need been if the three siblings had been all nearer in age, they nonetheless have that bond, particularly because the present slowly teases out the story of how this household is mourning the latest lack of its patriarch. (Molly Shannon seems sometimes because the trio’s mother, and she or he’s note-perfect as what can solely be described as “a kindly narcissist.”)
What in the end retains The Different Two from collapsing into the weakest model of itself is the best way writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider hold one eye on how this story isn’t specific to this second in time. Individuals of their 30s are at all times youngsters and saying, “Holy shit. I’m getting outdated.” Youngsters are at all times essentially a bit inexplicable to these of us who’ve crested 30, and sure, sometime, they’ll be simply as outdated as we’re and baffled by the youngsters of the long run.
None of that is new, however it at all times feels new, since you solely get the one life, and you reside it chronologically. The Different Two simply makes jokes about it.
However, okay, sure, “Chase Goes to a Premiere” could be very humorous about Hollywood, too
Probably the most hysterical factor about “Chase Goes to a Premiere” is that the film premiere Chase will get invited to is a type of low-level footage, one thing that was most likely paid for with the spare change in some Hollywood government’s sofa cushions.
It’s a completely horrible animated film referred to as When in Gnome that apparently entails a gnome who travels to Italy, meets a bunch of offensive Italian stereotypes, after which makes a lot of puns involving the phrase “gnome.” When you had been pressured to observe this film, you would possibly hand over watching motion pictures perpetually. We by no means really see any portion of the movie. We simply hear its characters’ over-broad accents emanating from the display screen as our predominant characters cringe in horror at what they’ve been pressured to observe.
However The Different Two is aware of Chase isn’t going to be invited to the subsequent Marvel premiere, not but. He’s going to be caught on the lowest ranges of Hollywood fame, attending film premieres just like the one for When in Gnome. And but he’s only a child from Ohio for whom the complete expertise is all nonetheless a bit bit thrilling. And for his siblings, who’ve by no means been so near fame, it’s an opportunity to community, even when it’s a considerably miserable likelihood. (Amusingly, Brooke wears all white to the premiere, so all people assumes she and Cary both simply received married or are about to.)
The episode additionally captures the marginally determined air of any Hollywood occasion at this stage of fame — the place the attendees are simply well-known sufficient to crave extra fame but in addition not completely certain how they’re going to get to the subsequent stage. Chase would possibly simply be having time, however his supervisor, Streeter (a really humorous Ken Marino), sees his new shopper as a meal ticket and works the pink carpet with a feverish have to hold pushing Chase increased and better and better.
The story of Hollywood is just too usually vaguely vampiric — with the older (and by that I imply “anyone over 30”) preying on the youthful in methods designed to increase their very own profession. Generally, that’s wholly skilled and transactional, if nonetheless kinda gross, as proven by the connection between Streeter and Chase. Generally, as actuality has proven us many, many instances, it’s far, far worse than that.
The Different Two’s sly genius lies in the way it understands that this vampirism is true in households and all different human relationships, too. We’re all simply right here to verify these youthful than us survive to a degree the place they, too, are as outdated as we’re, blinking in confusion at these children right now.
The Different Two airs Thursdays at 10:30 pm Japanese on Comedy Central. Earlier episodes can be found on the community’s web site, to cable subscribers.