But, yeah, Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) is livin' the dream. I mean, no, not the dream-dream where he gets called back up to the majors or anything, but playing ball in Myrtle Beach is the next best thing. As the all-star closer for the Mermen, Kenny's making bank and pounding jailbait. He's got waves, he's got a moist teenage hole, and he's snorting enough Adderall to supply the entire state of New Mexico. ...and, okay, he's got a newborn kid, but fucking whatever. That's woman's work, son, and Kenny can't focus on his comeback if he's weighed down by a BabyBjorn. The thing is that being a single parent is kind of driving his ex April (Katy Mixon) over the edge. After one final Coors-drenched, coke-addled night together, Kenny wakes up to find a goodbye note and a screeching one-year-old kid.
We're talkin' about Eastbound and Down, though, so you're not gonna get some Mr. Mom shit with Kenny Powers rocking an apron and making pancakes or whatever. Kenny P's still got his eye on the ball: working his way back up to the majors. It's just now he's gotta do it while trying not to accidentally kill his infant son. And, well, he has to remind that new Russian import (Ike Barinholtz) who owns the mound in Myrtle Beach and that this ain't Rocky IV. And he needs to track down April to take this shit-and-puke geyser off his hands. And he's gotta deal with something kind of shitty happening to his best friend (Jason Sudeikis). And he's gotta bring his other best friend Stevie (Steve Little) back into the fold to lighten his load, and then Kenny has to bring Stevie and his jilted wife back together, and then he has to put up with that shithead grifter he calls his father (Don Johnson) and furry, mongoloid, Mexican-flavored mistake of a half-brother, and then there's a touching reunion with Mom (Secret Guest Star), and then...I don't know, a bunch of other stuff. I'm reviewing an entire season of a TV show, so, y'know, a ton of shit's going on.
Goddamn but I forgot how much I missed Eastbound and Down. Unlike season two which took a little while to really get going, this year the series pretty much just drops a cinder block on the gas pedal and screams ahead relentlessly for four hours straight. Not a single one of this season's eight episodes misfires. I don't know if the class of
I mean, Kenny Powers may be some pathetic has-been, but this season of Eastbound and Down...? As good as it's ever been, and if you need me to say any more than that three seasons in, I don't know what to tell you. Highly Recommended.
I hadn't really stopped to think about it till now, but...is Eastbound and Down the only comedy on TV still shot on 35mm? Basically, the series is shot like one gigantic movie that just happens to be divided up into half hour chunks, and there's not another laffer on the small screen that looks anything like this. Really, Eastbound and Down looks pretty incredible on Blu-ray, and it has a whole lot more going for it than that really cinematic sheen. Its filmic texture is tight and completely unintrusive, not smeared away by any overbearing noise reduction or anything. The image is crisp and startlingly clear throughout, and...geez, that backdrop of Myrtle Beach really does make for some eye-poppingly vivid colors. These episodes are encoded at a remarkably high bitrate too, so the AVC encode never once stutters or sputters. Honestly...? Pretty much perfect.
This season's eight episodes are served up at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are spread across two BD-50 discs.
...and Eastbound and Down sounds pretty damn nice too. The show's scored the lossless treatment, natch, belted out in 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. As you'd probably expect, the mix is pretty front-heavy. The series' dialogue is balanced really well, with a flicker of clipping creeping in every once in a while. The low-end is pretty thumpin', from some occasional hip-hop to that club/rave whatever-you-call-it sonic-type shenanigans to the throaty growl of all those Black Biker Week engines. Without a doubt a couple of notches above average.
Eastbound and Down also dishes out a lossy DTS 5.1 dub in French along with a stereo Spanish track. Also along for the ride are subtitle streams in English (traditional and SDH), French, Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Eastbound and Down's third season comes packaged in a standard width Blu-ray case with another one of those shorter-than-average slipcovers.
The Final Word
Three seasons in and still bringin' the heat: Highly Fucking Recommended.