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Of two troubled minds who gave the world the tragically ephemeral Gravity falls – Alex Hirsch and Shion Takeuchi – all 10 episodes Interior work (now streaming on Netflix) is the perfect “grown-up” follow-up, both for those who were in their tweens / early teens when this series debuted in 2012 and for those older who discovered it. and loved for his intelligence, gentleness and brilliant satire.
Two of those qualities remain here as this acerbic, lawless, and somewhat salty sitcom unfolds.
In his heart, Interior work is a father-daughter story. Regan Ridley (Masters of sex Lizzie Caplan, who is finally getting the comedic lead her talents deserve) is the brilliant and ambitious tech genius whose cutting-edge creations help the Men in black-esque Cognito, Inc maintains order in an increasingly chaotic world.
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However, her dreams of finally being officially allowed to run the office with an iron fist are threatened by the very public and erratic behavior of her father Rand (Christian Slater). “Wake up sheep”, he delighted with intoxication to tourists and schoolchildren visiting in front of the doors of the White House. âEverything they tell you at school is a lie. The world is controlled by an obscure elite and a shape-shifting lizard people. “
Forced to come “collect” it, Regan berates him, stating that there are “more positive ways to get my attention than removing the deep state” and asking if “retirement has driven you completely insane?”
âNo, but the 5G radio waves in the air here did it,â he replies concisely.
As she puts him in her vehicle, Regan tells the stunned onlookers that “don’t listen to my dad – he gets his news from Facebook and Ambien.”
As we leave, we learn that she’s not angry at his mindless ramblings, but rather because he revealed the secrets of the company he was CEO of. âDad, you can’t tell people that time is being controlled by Gerald from the accounts, or that bloody sacrifices dictate how the Dow Jones will behave,â she opines.
However, while fortunately no citizen seems to have believed it, the damage is done. Regan finds himself struggling with a co-leader – Brett Hand (Hot tub time machine Clark Duke) – a charismatic yes with no experience in managing covert operations, let alone a crisis.
There is a certain Rick and Morty-meets-american father by means of Futurama atmosphere around this entertaining and sometimes scabrous spectacle. The characters of Slater and Caplan, with their cynical worldviews, are undoubted highlights, but there is a supporting group of players who spend all of their time in the sun.
Yet it is the writing that really shines. To imagine Men in black updated for a world where QAnon does business. While some within these organizations may take this as proof of their conspiracy theories, the vast majority will reveal in this hilarious piss what are supposedly some of their key tenets.
âNo blowing chemtrails, no using drones to spy on your ex-wife and no selfies on the moon landing set,â Regan warns her staff at one point, while a video of wacky and fun induction informs new hires that they are here to “fulfill the mysterious whims of our overlords for a brighter future”.
“Is Facebook bad, is Starbucks bad?” Regan asks Hand (whom she describes as “clearly receiving subliminal messages from the moles through songs from the Dave Matthews Band”) in response to her question about the company’s moral position. âAt least here we are developing technology that would help us win a war against Atlantis. And once a year, we receive free tote bags.
Naturally, there are also a lot of beards targeting a recent holder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “His brain is a mush of Superbowl commercials and Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue,” Regan says of their proposed robotic replacement for a leader “too stupid to be manipulated.”
Fabulous workplace comedy and a perfect pastiche of modern manners and social media-driven confused thinking, refreshingly starring an imperfect but truly fabulous heroine, Interior work is exactly the feast of dark laughter that the world now needs as a light relief.
Interior work is now streaming on Netflix.