The final good cop.
This can be a spoiler-free assessment of Comfortable!: “Saint Nick.”
Tales centered round cops are nothing new within the tv panorama. The whole lot from Regulation & Order to The Wire has introduced their very own distinctive views to the style. So, can one present reinvent the police drama wheel?
Properly, SyFy’s new sequence Happy!, which relies on legendary comedian e-book author Grant Morrison’s graphic novel from Picture Comics, tries to do exactly that. Comfortable! is centered round ex-cop turned hitman Nick Sax who is decided to kill himself by consuming giant quantities of alcohol and medicines.
Christopher Meloni (Regulation & Order: Particular Victims Unit) is the perfect selection for the position. He’s already performed a cop for over a decade, however since his departure from Regulation & Order again in 2011, the veteran actor has been stretching his wings within the comedian e-book and online game arenas. Meloni was even Hal Jordan within the 2009 DC animated film, Green Lantern: First Flight.
This is probably not Meloni’s first foray within the comedian e-book world, however it’s his most memorable. Meloni’s portrayal of Sax is first-rate. There’s an effortlessness to his humor that’s shocking. His character is a combination of Batman, The Punisher, and Snake Plissken.
Sax isn’t essentially the most likable character, however Meloni one way or the other finds a approach to pull a bit of little bit of humanity out of the trainwreck that’s his character’s life. Meloni is nice on his personal, however whenever you combine in Patton Oswalt (Brokers of SHIELD), the sequence is elevated to a complete new degree of goodness.
Oswalt’s character is Comfortable. Sure, his title is Comfortable and his persona is all the time optimistic. He’s additionally a computer-generated blue horse that flies by means of the air. Comfortable is the proper counterpart to Sax melancholy angle. Regardless that Oswalt’s face stays hidden in a recording studio, his chemistry with Meloni is enjoyable to look at. The scenes the place the 2 of them are pressured to work collectively are terrific. Principally because of the truth that Sax is normally on some type of prescription remedy.
The motion scenes all through are dealt with expertly. SyFy makes use of its TV-MA ranking to the fullest, with loads of blood and gore to go round, but it surely matches in nicely with Morrison’s story. Sax battle choreography is paying homage to Marvel’s The Punisher. Like Frank Fort, Sax is an efficient killer. He doesn’t do lots of flips and kicks, however he will get the job completed.
The prevalent use of graphic violence does differentiate Comfortable! from a present like The Punisher. As an alternative of exhibiting the repercussions that violence has on the human psyche (e.g. Frank Fort), Comfortable offsets a lot of the blood splatter with comedy. It’s a mode that’s successfully utilized in reveals like Ash vs. Evil Dead and South Park. Whereas Comfortable! does have its severe moments, I discovered myself laughing more often than not.
By way of the bigger story, Comfortable reveals simply sufficient to maintain the story attention-grabbing. On the floor, a number of the villains could seem formulaic, with kidnappers and mafia goons lurking round each nook, however the writers do an incredible job of bringing these miscreants to life. With names like Smoothie, Le Dic, and Very Dangerous Santa, there are certain to be some good tales able to sustaining a long term of episodes.