TV Review | Trailer Park Boys: “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys”

I have to admit something.  I have never sat down and watched an entire episode of Trailer Park Boys.  I could never get past the casual swearing, even though the show is one of the most popular Canadian comedies going.  I don’t think I would have requested a Trailer Park Boys screener if it wasn’t the final episode.

After watching “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” (Showcase: December 7, 10 ET/PT), I should have given this show a chance when it was in first run.  While I still find Trailer Park Boys‘ profanity fucking gratuitous, the show isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was.

For first-time viewers, the show revolves around Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith), three Maritimers living at the Sunnyvale Trailer Park.  Their shared nemesis is Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth), a former police officer and the trailer park’s supervisor/chief souse.

Lahey’s deathless enmity towards Julian and the gang stems from a 1977 Halloween prank gone horribly wrong.  Lahey is flanked by shirtless bisexual assistant Randy.  “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” focuses around Lahey’s desire to rid himself once and for all of the Boys, as well as other trailer park irritants.

The acting in “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” is a mixed bag.  Mike Smith is great as Bubbles and the other two Boys are almost as good.  Dunsworth is awesome as alcohol enthusiast Lahey.  Trailer Park Boys doesn’t have the talent depth of The Red Green Show, but its mockumentary nature helps mask this deficiency.

Jonathan Torrens’ role as wigger J-Roc is the only acting low point, but it’s been that way since Torrens first appeared on the show.  He’s always worked better as a television host, as seven seasons of Street Cents and five seasons of Jonovision demonstrate.

It’s not much of a spoiler to say that “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” isn’t the final word on Trailer Park Boys.  A feature film, the show’s second*, is forthcoming.  The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show tour existed before the finale and will hit Toronto’s Massey Hall in January 2009.

Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg claims that this special and the film will end the series.  The film’s working title is “Countdown to Liquor Day.”  Without spoiling the special for longtime viewers, the countdown starts near the end of “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys.”

I hope Clattenburg isn’t using the special to shill the film, but I wouldn’t put it past him.  Like Don Cherry and Red Green, no one will ever fully get rid of Trailer Park Boys.  Both Bob and Doug McKenzie and The Kids in the Hall are coming back to television within two years.  Look for a Trailer Park Boys comeback four years from now.

*The 1999 Trailer Park Boys film doesn’t count as Trailer Park Boys wasn’t a television show back then.  Please don’t correct me on this.  Oh, and fuck bologna sandwiches.

C. Archer
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