Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Recap From Tall & Oates – Episodes 1-3

John (@jables4) and Darryl (@watchitlike and @wabashdk1) are recapping Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Hulu’s new animated series. All episodes are currently streaming!

Quick Synopsis: M.O.D.O.K. is a super-villain who is trying to take over the world (go figure) with his company A.I.M.  Unfortunately for him, the world has different plans.  Whether it’s his fault or his lackeys (move out the way, Gary) he’s putting a lot of stress on his relationship with his family.  Through his misadventures, he comes to a crossroads where he needs to decide what he truly values most in life.  All the while, the incredible cast of characters create fun storylines and ridiculous situations.

John:  After watching the 1st 3 episodes of M.O.D.O.K., I have to say that I’m all in. I loved it from start to finish. First, the cast. Everyone is perfect. The whole M.O.D.O.K family couldn’t have been cast better, with sitcom veterans Ben Schwartz and Melissa Fumero as his children and Aimee Garcia (Dexter) as his wife.

Darryl:  Dude, I completely agree.  This voice cast is truly stacked.  I felt like every scene had another familiar voice revealed that had me pointing at the screen like the Leonardo DiCaprio meme.   

John:  Even the side characters like Gary (Sam Richardson), Monica Rappaccini (Wendy McLendon-Covey), Super-Adaptoid (Jon Daly) and Iron Man (Jon Hamm) leave you wanting more.

Darryl:  It was hard to decide which voice actor was my favorite.  I lean towards Sam Richardson because I love everything he does and his delivery is always flawless. 

John:  And then there’s the star of the show, M.O.D.O.K himself, Patton Oswalt. I’ve been a fan of his for years so I may be a little biased, but his comedic timing has never been better and it felt like he brought a lot of heart to a character usually used as a joke. I suppose it’s not really that surprising considering his more dramatic roles in “YOUNG ADULT” & “BIG FAN”. Speaking of heart, there are actually some touching moments in the 1st 3 episodes between M.O.D.O.K & his wife, and then M.O.D.O.K & his daughter.

Darryl: I really liked how they fleshed out M.O.D.O.K. with Oswalt’s sincere moments, but also kept the punchlines coming.

John:  I know, just when you think the show is going soft, something happens that snaps you right back into the reality of the show. The humor goes from making fun of the mundane, a la The Office, to the absolutely absurd (I’m looking at you, Gary!) but it never feels out of place. Finally, the comic references. SO many. Not a lot of Avengers, weirdly enough – mostly just Iron Man –  but rather Fantastic Four and a few really deep cuts from X-MEN (I mean, Lila Cheney!!!). So, again, I’m all in. Make mine M.O.D.O.K.

Darryl:  For sure.  These first three episodes do a great job of really setting up what this universe will look and feel like.  The animation is fantastic and an improvement from the typical Robot Chicken episodes.  It felt smoother and more refined, which I imagine is because it’s focused on one universe.  The jokes seriously keep hitting.  There are all kinds of asides that are some of the most hilarious lines I’ve heard in a while.  I feel like if I watched it again, I would notice even more easter eggs and references dropped throughout.  I mean, yeah, they had some serious deep cuts that really could fly over your head.  I’m right there with you on this.  Give me more M.O.D.O.K. (6 seasons and a movie?)  I highly recommend anyone who enjoys ridiculous humor, comics, and great comedic acting to check this out.

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