It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Episode 6 has the gang doing some reflecting – on themselves, and about the show as a whole. As you can probably predict, any attempts at self-improvement, or change in general, don't last too long.
This episode had many meta moments, not dissimilar to Community (which comes back soon!), where the gang's self-reflection seemed to be more about the legacy and the longevity of the show rather than their own twisted personalities.
However, I guess they are one in the same, considering that, according to Dennis, they only became weird once Frank showed up (when the show started). The episode seems to be more about whether or not they've been stuck in the same pattern for too long, if they've jumped the shark (and missed the boat), and so forth:
We've literally and figuratively missed the boat.Dennis
This is definitely a discussion many fans have been having, even prior to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 (and the confirmation of seasons 11 & 12). Everyone (including Rob, Charlie, and Glenn themselves) believed that this hilarious crew would, unfortunately, run out of stories before they even made it past It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 2, but, miraculously, they're still churning out entertaining episode after episode 10 years later.
The fans are now at an odd impasse where they have to decide whether or not the show's actually dipped in quality (it has, but not enough to ever be "bad") or if they've outgrown the characters.
Dennis: All of us have gotten god damn weird.
Frank: I think we're just hitting our stride!
They will always be a riot as far as I'm concerned, but I would be lying if I said I didn't have friends who simply don't enjoy the show anymore. The way I see it, it's a formulaic show, sure, but it always features a consistently brilliant cast – and I'll continue to watch them work together until the end of their run.
As proven by this episode, there are still new territories to explore (Charlie and Dee!?!?), while the tried and proven jokes (Mac's sexuality, the anger that swells up within the almighty Dennis, Frank's lunacy) are still worth a few genuine laughs most of the time.
In order of hilarity, I'd rank Charlie and Dee's little one-night stand ahead of the rest, but Mac, Dennis, and Frank were undeniably entertaining as well.
I swear I thought Mac was finally coming out tonight!
The reason I rate the Charlie and Dee segments higher than the rest sort of ties back into the point about the show coasting in its comfort zone. This is finally an unexplored area, and them slowly realizing that it's the rest of the gang that makes them so hostile, while not an original thought in and of itself, led to their bonding, and subsequent Def Jam make out session.
Shit that's Def, that's super Def.Charlie
This was a solid episode, better than last week, which actually did a lot to prove that the show can not only work well in it's comfort zone, but that it still has some uncharted ground (and sea) to discover (in a "finsher car," not a "starter car," obviously).
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