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HAPPY! (SyFy) = Crank: The Television Show + A Cartoon Horse Voiced By Patton Oswalt.

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 

WTF. 

 

 

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 Based on the comic series by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson, Happy! stars Meloni as Nick Sax, formerly a hero cop, now a drug-and-booze-addled hitman whose latest job leaves him on the brink of death, but also in the middle of a Christmas season gang war between rival crime factions. As if that's not enough, Nick finds himself visited by Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt), imaginary friend to Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo), a young girl who has been abducted by a malevolent Santa Claus. Happy, a buck-toothed blue unicorn-donkey with feathers, just wants Nick to save Hailey. Nick, however, mostly wants to get away from scary threats like a superficially genteel mobster named Blue (Ritchie Coster), Blue's smiling torture expert Smoothie (Patrick Fischler) and a detective, Meredith McCarthy (Lili Mirojnick), who may have played a part in destroying Nick's old life.
 
Morrison adapted Happy! for the small screen with Brian Taylor, half of the Neveldine/Taylor duo behind the Crank films, and Taylor directed the pilot. 

 

Premieres December 6th on SyFy. If anyone knows if this'll be on Netflix or Amazon Prime for international viewers, please let me know as I kind of want to see this!

post #2 of 39
Got my DVR all set to record tomorrow night!

Looking forward to it as this looks right up my alley.
post #3 of 39

Ehhhh I'll want to see a second episode before passing judgment.

post #4 of 39
Thread Starter 

Oh. That doesn't sound good.

post #5 of 39

Don't want to make it sound bad. There are elements that work, mainly Meloni who throws himself into the role with glee. Where it lost me a bit was the humor. A lot of it felt awfully forced.

 

It's one thing to have that whole CRANK energy on display for a 90 minute movie. You know it's going to end so you don't mind soaking up in all the depravity. Translating that to a weekly show is a little tougher. But I'll check it out next week to see what it has in store.

 

I did enjoy a nice CRANK callback in the pilot.

post #6 of 39

Rats, meant to dvr this thing and forgot. SyFy (sigh) has odd habits when it comes to watching their stuff online.

post #7 of 39

Looks like it'll run again tonight at 11.

post #8 of 39

Thanks!

post #9 of 39
Arrgh fine.

Really enjoyed the pilot; I have no idea how they'll manage to sustain the hyper-kinetic, Crank style energy throughout a season of television


But I'm fucking down.
post #10 of 39

The pilot was a lot of fun.

 

This is the first proper Grant Morrison adaptation I know of, so I'm in for the duration. The guy is an expert at complex convoluted mindfuck stories.

 

Grant doesn't seem to be a credited writer on the next episode according to IMDB, so I suppose there is the risk of the middle of the season getting filled up with typical cable TV drama timewasting filler. I'll keep my fingers crossed for goodness, though.

post #11 of 39
Thread Starter 

It really annoys me (and I know how entitled this is going to sound) that SyFy UK aren't showing this (I can't even find it on their schedule!). What's the point of being a sister channel to the main American channel if you're not going to air the same shows around the same time. It's like they've never heard of internet piracy.  

post #12 of 39

This was insanely funny and violent in equal amounts. I don't know where it's going to go but I'm in for the duration.

post #13 of 39

Also, i cannot believe Grant Morrison was a guest on a talk show last night:

 

post #14 of 39

Think I've come to the decision that I like the show but would be better if they scaled back Oswalt's contributions.

post #15 of 39
IT'S LIKE KISSING GOD!

Damn near killed me.
post #16 of 39

I'm sold on this, Oswalt and all. Just my kind of crazy.

post #17 of 39

Yeah, that second episode sold it for me as well.

 

I am completely happy with this being considered an unofficial sequel to Crank 2.

post #18 of 39
Best episode of the series so far. That microwave scene was all kinds of fucked up.


I’m all in.
post #19 of 39

Every time I watch Happy!, I’m reminded to be grateful that Ash Vs. Evil Dead is a thirty-minute show. Thirty minutes an episode, you’re getting basically all Bruce Campbell all the time. Happy, hour-long, so you get some cokehead Detective Stabler (good) but also a lot of Stabler’s boring ex-wife, Stabler’s boring ex-partner, and Stabler’s boring kidnapped kid (bad). I thought this show was supposed to be balls-to-the-wall craziness and nonstop violence. Stop trying to make me care about some random chick and her mother’s Alzheimer’s. This ain’t Still Alice! I don’t want heartfelt reminders of the inevitability of mortality and the passing of time! Just show me the cartoon unicorn snorting some more coke!

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Every time I watch Happy!, I’m reminded to be grateful that Ash Vs. Evil Dead is a thirty-minute show. Thirty minutes an episode, you’re getting basically all Bruce Campbell all the time. Happy, hour-long, so you get some cokehead Detective Stabler (good) but also a lot of Stabler’s boring ex-wife, Stabler’s boring ex-partner, and Stabler’s boring kidnapped kid (bad). I thought this show was supposed to be balls-to-the-wall craziness and nonstop violence. Stop trying to make me care about some random chick and her mother’s Alzheimer’s. This ain’t Still Alice! I don’t want heartfelt reminders of the inevitability of mortality and the passing of time! Just show me the cartoon unicorn snorting some more coke!


1. haha okay.

 

2. The problem with having the show be constantly "on" is that shit's not sustainable for multiple episodes. I love me some Crank, but that style works as a single, 90 minute film. But it's also something that could dull really fast in series form. More importantly, all that "boring stuff" actually gives the plot some urgency--you know, steaaaaaks.

post #21 of 39

Ash Vs Evil Dead has better steaks in thirty minutes.

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Ash Vs Evil Dead has better steaks in thirty minutes.

Season 1 yeah. Season 2 I found dull minus the morgue scene.
post #23 of 39

This show's improving week by week. I'm loving Meloni, Oswalt and the chemistry they've got going on, and I'm even getting into the ex-wife and partner's stories. The difference between something like this and Ash vs ED is that the Evil Dead show is gory and fun but ultimately disposable, Happy is fun too but the slow pacing is starting to pay off in that I'm actually caring about what's going on whereas in Ash I never did.

 

Coincidentally, this is the first episode not directed by Crank's Brian Taylor (it's directed by Wayne Yip, who did a lot of Misfits and Utopia) and it also happen to be the best directed of the bunch.

post #24 of 39

I figgure that Meloni & Oswalt never actually work together during filming, with Meloni on the set and Patton in a studio somewhere. Sometimes voice actors will read their lines from off-set for the main dude to react to and for timing, which is what I expect is done here.

post #25 of 39

Apparently they record the lines first together, with Oswalt reacting to Meloni and then Meloni replicates that on set using the recorded lines.

post #26 of 39

They're running the first four episodes tonight.

 

Finally caught up with the most recent one. The stuff with the beetle crime boss was a doozy.

post #27 of 39

This show is crazy fun.

post #28 of 39

This show is amazing. Goddamn.

post #29 of 39
Thread Starter 

I can't believe I'm still not able to watch this in the UK despite paying multiple subs to streaming sites, and having access to SyFy UK. 

 

And they wonder why TV pirating happens. 

post #30 of 39

SyFy seems to wait until the season is done before selling it whole to Netflix UK. They do the same thing with Expanse I think. God knows, I don't wait. :)

post #31 of 39

Jesus Christ. This show.

post #32 of 39

wuz that the end of the season, or is that next week?

post #33 of 39

One more, tomorrow night.

post #34 of 39

Gonna be tough to outdo last week.

post #35 of 39
Is this an ongoing show or a miniseries? I know the comic was only four issues.
post #36 of 39

It'll be ongoing now. Was picked up for a second season:

 

https://www.avclub.com/syfy-picks-up-happy-for-a-second-season-1822535758

post #37 of 39

Excellent news. Happy and Nick are an awesome duo.

post #38 of 39

The tickle torture was pretty funny.

post #39 of 39

Loved that. And Nick's wordless reaction to Hailey's asking him if he's her dad. Meloni put in some A+ work this season. I'm really glad we're getting a second one.

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