I was a bit wary that the episodes of Play It Again, Dick would become a bit monotonous. However, episode to episode has built on new ways of viewing the characters we loved from Veronica Mars and the actors who played them. In this week’s episode, Enrico Colantoni and Percy Daggs III are propositioned by Ryan Hansen to appear in his spin-off.
Watch the episode here. Spoilers to follow.
Ryan introduces Enrico with stories from the set. These stories of how Enrico works as an actor are the exact opposite of the lovable Keith Mars he played in the show. Ryan tells us of Enrico’s midnight trips to Tijuana for cock fighting or bull fighting and his returns to the set in the morning covered in blood.
When Ryan gets Enrico on Skype, Enrico is psyched to do the project without pay–for the art! He just has one favor to ask Ryan. He goes on to detail how to pick up this package from a criminal-sounding man and deliver it to Tom Hanks. The implications are that Enrico is trying to kill Hanks. Finally Enrico tells Ryan his schedule is completely open for the spin-off but that he can’t enter into the States due to tax evasion. The criminal aspect of all of this unsettles Ryan in an amusing way and ironically clashes with the Keith Mars image.
When Percy Daggs shows up, he too clashes with his lovable character Wallace’s image. Percy’s now sporting a suit and bling, wearing a headwrap that suggests he’s Muslim and spouting black-power statements at Ryan. He demands that Wallace not be asked to do any “p*ssy” stuff, like flying remote control airplanes or getting taped to a flag pole. He’s got three hours to offer Ryan.
While this conversation goes on, Rose McIver, Once Upon a Time‘s Tinkerbell and star of Rob Thomas’s new show iZombie, bursts in the front door looking for a bathroom. She’s dressed in short shorts and is carrying a bottle of liquor. Percy had told her to wait in the car. Now she’s Ryan’s problem.
Ryan closes the episode by putting a star on both actors’ headshots, indicating he’s got them on board, but the audience knows that he’s unlikely to actually be able to work them into a shooting schedule. These two actors have Ryan at their mercy.
So this episode explores the darker sides of two characters who are generally beloved. The humor is more blue and more violent in its implications. It’s less out-and-out funny than the first two episodes, but more ironic and deconstructive of fan expectations.