Devil in the Blue Jeans (2018)

Posted by Mrs Giggles on May 1, 2020 in 3 Oogies, Idiot Box Reviews, Series: Misfits & Monsters

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Devil in the Blue Jeans (2018)
Devil in the Blue Jeans (2018)

Main cast: Michael Ian Black (Satan), Bryce Johnson (Trent Richards), David Pasquesi (Carol), Jill Talley (Alice Faustini), David Perdue (Treece), and Ross Bryant (Caleb Faustini)
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

Devil in the Blue Jeans is a bizarre episode in the sense that it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do with itself. This episode is presented as a something spliced together from Trent Richards’s unfinished documentary on the whereabouts of Caleb Faustini. Caleb is a famous pop star known for terrible songs about sex and drugs, and be warned, there are some really terrible performances from Ross Bryant designed to induce so-bad-you-can’t-help-but-to-laugh moments. Then, one day he just vanishes from the music scene.

Trent soon discovers that Caleb obtained his gifts from Satan – genial, mild-mannered man that can be quite terrible when provoked into a temper – and he attempts to bring him, Caleb, Caleb’s producer, and the man’s mother together for a shrink session to work things out.

This one starts out like some standard found footage drama – ooh, what happened to Trent, what did he find that made him vanish? – only to then become a comedy, and then it abruptly ends with a completely anticlimactic revelation of Trent’s fate. What, they can’t think of a more interesting way to wrap up the episode? The whole thing just flat-lines in its last few minutes. I can only wonder what Bobcat Goldthwait is thinking with that one. Did they run out of money or something?

The whole thing is mildly entertaining while it lasts, thanks to Michael Ian Black’s scene-stealing portrayal of Satan, but the whole thing is like a comedy skit without a strong punchline. I’m left hanging by the time the episode ends, and it’s not a nice feeling.