CON MAN Season 2 Episodes 11-12 [Review]

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CON MAN Season 2, Episodes 11 & 12 “A Shot With Finley” & “Shock To The System”/ Written by ALAN TUDYK, JOSH DEAN, NICHOLAS DALY CLARKE & SEAN BURY/ Directed by ANTHONY LEONARDI/ Starring ALAN TUDYK, MINDY STERLING, LAURA VANDERVOORT, LIAM MCINTYRE & NATHAN FILLION/ Produced by REDBEAR FILMS INC & CON MAN PRODUCTIONS.

[WARNING – This Con Man Review Contains SPOILERS!]

It has all come down to this – a VIP party at Shock-A-Con.

It is here that Wray Nearly has come in search of actress Finley Farrow – star of the new movie Ambivalence (based on the best-selling post-apocalyptic young-adult novel) and also the female lead on the upcoming television drama Doctor Cop Lawyer. Somehow, the actress has gotten final approval of her co-star as part of her contract and the choice is now between Wray and Australian heart-throb Girth Hemsworth.

Yeah, it’s not much of a choice. Hence why Wray is so anxious to talk to Finley and charm her. The good news is his agent and former cast-mates from Spectrum are ready to help him. The bad news is that they’re all incompetent or insane to some degree or another and their “help” involves assassination attempts with art objects or dressing up as an Aborigine. Still, Wray may get the help he needs from a wise and worldly bartender… assuming he’s smart and sober enough to take it.

Will Wray win the lead on Doctor Cop Lawyer? Will he make it to the Spectrum panel on time? Will he even survive running the Ambivalence – The Ultimate Experience live-action-role-playing obstacle course that is already the subject of at least three class-action lawsuits filed on behalf of the surviving victims?

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Season 2 of Con Man ends on a high-note, with two of its strongest episodes to date. Alan Tudyk remains in fine form, playing Wray Nearly in a manner that invites comparison to John Laroquette’s work as Dan Fielding on Night Court. Both characters are morally dubious and hardly admirable, yet are made sympathetic even as we watch them bring about their own problems.

The ensemble cast is uniformly strong and I’d risk spoiling a lot of good gags describing some of the cameos and performances, so I won’t. Suffice it to say that Mindy Sterling is always a delight and Nathan Fillion has turned self-parody into an art-form with his performance as Jack Moore. Laura Vandervoort proves an engaging presence as Finley Farrow and Liam McIntyre finds the perfect note in his portrayal of Girth Hemsworth.

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There’s no word yet on a Season 3 of Con-Man though the the ending of Episode 12 establishes a plot line for the series’ eventual return. It will be interesting to see how Wray’s story plays out, given the ending and Alan Tudyk’s comments about the moral of the show being to appreciate what you have. Hopefully we won’t have to long to wait, because what we have is one of the funniest, most original bits of geeky entertainment ever and I do appreciate it.

Rating 5

About Matt Morrison

Matt has been writing about comics on-line since before the word "blogging" was coined. When he's not busy being the World's Finest Teen Librarian, he enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. He also writes for NoFlyingNoTights.com and MyGeekyGeekyWays.com. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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