Todd and the Book of Pure Evil- Season #1

Todd Smith, stoner high schooler enters Battle of the Bands. It doesn’t go so hot for Todd. He embarrasses himself in front of his dream girl, Jenny and his band doesn’t make the cut. Woe is Todd!

 

Todd finds a book! Is this book Pure Evil? well yes, it is. But some magic words make his wish come true. And of course, things never turn out the way the wisher intends. Don’t worry, Jenny saves his ass. Turns out that the only clue she has about her father’s mysterious disappearance is a picture of the Book of Pure Evil. 

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The book keeps ending up in the hands of other Crowley High students (it is explained that the book appears to the depressed and desperate, who fits better than a high school student?) and it always gets freaky. Todd, Jenny, Todd’s one armed friend Curtis, and the nerdy Hannah. The guidance councilor is a Satanist,  Jason Mewes is the janitor and some stoners in the parking lot know more than they are letting on.

It’s a lot like Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny meets Scooby Doo. It’s hilarious.

And as foolish as it might sound there’s some clever shit happening.

Like Episode 3, where Jenny’s friend Marcie invites horny dudes over to her house for orgies and then feeds them to zombies. Much less cliche than most other anti-teen-sex scenarios. 

Or Episode 4, Gay Day, in which a gay student getting bullied finds the book and wishes that everyone in the school knew what it was like to be gay. The book complies and he becomes straight, all other boys become gay. And he says “I don’t want to be straight, I like being gay, I’m good at it!” and Todd says, “I’m not.” and laments that his entire identity is caught up in trying to get into Jenny’s pants.

In episode 7, Terrible Twin Turf Tussle, there are some of maybe the best lines on TV of all time, Jenny starts dating Dee, who’s real name is Delilah, which she doesn’t go by because “I’m named for a patriarchal Bible story that demonizes femininity.” Dee struts around in a Meat is Murder TeeShirt and watches Roller Derby, of which she says, “Isn’t it wonderful, they’ve liberated violence from male oppression. And the outfits are totally cute.” 

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On the other hand… in that same episode… Dee and her twin, also a lesbian are implied to be having a relationship. It reminded me of this interview I read with Teagan and Sara where one of them said that creepy weirdos always ask them if they fool around with each other, and then they said “If you’re straight does that mean you want to fuck your brother?” and I thought, man, are people really that stupid? And apparently they are.

In episode 5, fat phobia is presented as a logical thing to have as the school is attacked with obesity… 

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I know, really, that’s hideous. Before anyone says “why are you trying to take this show seriously, there was an episode where someone wished for a monster cock and it was longer than a python and turned people to stone?” Yeah there was. But really things that are ludicrously problematic could have been avoided. It was unnecessary, and it took away from the funny for me. There I said it.

All in all, it is very funny, and I really don’t understand why it got cancelled. Honestly it reminds me of my high school friends. Look! It’s me from high school!

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I’m the one dressed like a vampire (who wears a cross… le sigh).

Where are everyone’s parents? Ironically the only parental unit we ever hear about is jenny’s dad… who has been kidnapped. And the guidance councilor’s dad who is a cult leader.

There’s a ton of pot jokes, and hormonal teenage insanity and it’s hilarious. There’s a campaign to get a third season and/or an animated movie to polish off the series, check it on your Netfix and then head over here

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