For those of you who didn’t know, Donal Logue is starring in a new show on ABC, Wednesday nights at 8. Somehow Knights of Prosperity slipped through the cracks on our last Wall Nuggets, but luckily we caught the previews for it while watching something else. Don’t worry, our intern got FIRED for missing that. It’s so hard to find good help now-a-days.
The Staff has now seen four episodes of Knights of Prosperity. Sure, Sports Guy says you need to give a new show six episodes before passing final judgment on its worth, but he also says that if we don’t love the Patriots we aren’t true sports fans; so what the fuck does he know? In the wise words of Grady “YOU DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!” If we want to review a show after four episodes, we will.
Donal Logue plays Eugene Gerkin, a poor, New York City janitor in his 40s. One day Eugene wakes up (to Boston on his alarm clock, which was awesome) and realizes what a loser he is, and that he’s wasting his life. While watching a show about Mick Jagger’s NYC apartment, Eugene decides it would be a fantastic idea to rob Mick, and live the life Eugene has only dreamed about. A quick aside – Mick Jagger is featured in the first episode and is really quite funny. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and does a good job poking fun at the obscene amount of money he has that he couldn’t possibly spend. For example, his apartment is shown to have a full sized pool, except Mick doesn’t like swimming. The pool is for his dogs.
Eugene decides to put together a group of his closest friends to form a team – the Knight of Prosperity (get it, that’s the name of the show) – to formulate a plan to rob Mick. This group is by no means a slick crime syndicate; just a bunch of Eugene’s douchebag loser friends from the neighborhood – a waitress, a student, another janitor, a cab driver etc. Donal Logue plays the straight man to this group – he is of course stellar in his role – while everyone else fills various comedic, stereotypical roles. I’m not going to say any of the characters are especially ground breaking, you’ve got your idiot, your womanizer, etc, but they are written and acted well.
Two side characters help put the show over the top. One for his character, one for her smoking hotness. First, Kevin Michael Richardson plays Rockefeller Butts – an enormous black man. I’m not really sure what Butts does for a living, but he is large, wears track suits, smokes cigars, and is good for one or two laugh out loud lines every episode. There’s really no way to quote one of his lines out of context that will make it seem funny, so you’ll have to take my word for it. Kevin Richardson is best known for playing one of the opposing players in Baseketball (not sure which one, we’ll have to rewatch that movie) and doing the voice over work for Goro in the original Mortal Kombat video game.
The other character that adds something special to the show is Esperanza Villalobos played by Sofia Vergara.
FYI – if you’re bored, google image her, she’s spicey.
I’m sure her character has a background or something, whatever. Who cares?
The rest of the characters actually look and act like normal guys, which is rare for Hollywood, where they like to cast people like Denise Richards as a rocket scientist and Matt Damen as a math genius. The characters are overweight, dumb, and ugly – like real people. Not of course, anyone we know.
Finally, although we first saw the pilot while drunk, the next three episodes have been viewed sober(ish) and were still entertaining. Knights of Prosperity is well written, has a kickin’ theme song (sung by Rockefeller Butts), the cast has good chemistry, and it’s worth taking a look. Frankly, we’re just waiting for Eugene to tap his inner Steve and nail Esperanza.
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