EASTBOUND & DOWN Season Three Premiere Review

     February 19, 2012


After being gone for far too long Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) is back, complete with a Confederate flag and marijuana leaf covered boogie board. thankfully the series is much better at keeping the laughs coming than Powers is at catching some waves in the season premiere of Eastbound & Down. We now find everyone’s favorite ballplayer in the minors in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina playing for the Mermen. Seemingly back at the top of his game (or at least as high as it can get in the minor leagues). Powers is always best when he’s cocky and arrogant, and since that’s basically all the time, having him getting a taste of success just makes it that much better.  Hit the jump for more.

eastbound-down-season-3-poster-01While this is Chapter 14 of the story kicking off the third season, Powers is starting the first chapter of a new story of success. Not only is Powers feeling food and pitching right down the middle, but he’s got a great new companion in the form of Jason Sudeikis as Shane Dog. There’s something special about seeing a couple blowhards in cut-off jean shorts and swim trunks cruising around Myrtle beach like they own the world. For more of my take on the third season premiere of Eastbound & Down, hit the jump. Of course, while Powers has a solid career going, his personal life with love interest April (Katy Mixon), who finally gets another chance to shine this season, still seems to be on the rocks, which makes things all the more complicated for the son they have between them.

Powers’ family is back too, and it’s great to see patriarch John Hawkes sticking with the series he started even after becoming the King of Sundance Film Festival in recent years. What works best about Eastbound & Down and still lingers in this season is two sides of a coin that has raunchy comedy along with a sad story of a guy trying to hold on to any fame or success he can get his hands on. It’s a tragedy really, but with some rough around the edges comedy to make it easier to swallow. McBride hits comedy and the sad side of the story effortlessly, and an Emmy nomination really should be in order, especially with this season, as it seems to hit the heart strings a little harder than the other two seasons in its approach to Powers’ shortcomings.

Eastbound & Down is more than a comedy series and Powers doesn’t understand what a childish disappointment of an “adult” he has become. Selfish and drunk pretty much all the time, his only real friend might be alcohol. Don’t think that my sinking into the serious undertone of the comedy series means the laughs are gone though, as Powers, Sudeikis, and the return of guest stars like Will Ferrell and Matthew McConaughey, along with series regular Steve Little, still bring the kind of comedy fans have come to expect. Powers’ gift for poetry (“This gorgeous sunset is rockin’ my nuts off.”) is still ever present and maybe better than ever.

Cretor Jody Hill and Danny McBride continue to bring some of the best comedy HBO has seen with a dark twist that works for those who appreciate quality drama under their comedy, and for others who just appreciate the series on a surface level for the crude laughs it delivers.

The third season of Eastbound & Down premieres Sunday, February 19th at 10/9c on HBO.




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  • Mike

    Does anyone out there know the name of the movie Shane was watching at the end, when April and Kenny came home from their night out?

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    • Mike

      DUDE! Thank you…you seriously have no idea how long I’ve thought about this movie that I probably saw once when I was 3 or 4. Is there a scene with a fanboat in the everglades?

  • Rocky

    One of the worst things I’ve seen on television in a long time. And I’m a McBride fan. Absolutely awful and unfunny.

    • Zach

      You’re obviously full of shit and don’t honestly know McBride’s work making a comment like that. Lastnight’s episode was stereotypical Kenny Powers and the brand of humor Mcbride has been known for.

  • Chris

    I loved season 1 and 2 but was honestly disappointed with the first episode of season 3. The lighting and photography seemed off and the characters seemed to be overplayed. I also didn’t care for the way Kenny’s new sidekick was introduced –or should I say not introduced. He has too strong a personality to just suddenly “show up”. I’ll see what happens next week but I fear the show was written to conclude after two seasons and is being forced into a third season because it was so popular. Has it “jumped the shark”? We’ll see.

    • Matt

      Umm lighting and photography? Seriously? You really look at lighting and photography when watching Eastbound & Down?

      His new “sidekick” is obviously just a redneck teamate of his that he met through the team. What more of an introduction do you need?

      I think some people are trying to look a little too deep in to a show who’s whole main purpose was to allow Danny McBride to ad-lib dirty jokes.

  • bob

    hey what is that song while kenny and april are watching the sunset

  • Heath

    Pop that pussy buy 2 live crew

  • Tanya


    I have been searching all over the Internet for the name of that movie. THANK YOU!!!!

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