Stupid critic undercuts own argument

New York magazine on HBO’s new political satire Veep, a behind the scenes look at the day to day bullshittery of a fictional vice president and her staff:

It’s all rather weightless: just your usual sitcom-style misunderstandings and bruised egos and “complications ensue,” with no sense that anything larger is at stake.

followed almost immediately by:

Veep doesn’t say or add up to much—which, in a way, suggests it’s the right satire for a political era marked by stupid feuds, inertia, and superficiality.

Um… yes. That’s the whole damned point. In a political era soaked in incompetence, stained with infighting and, above all, defined by the inability to simply get anything done, where else should a political satire aim its barbs? The sad, hilarious spectacle of the VP and her team tripping over themselves trying to figure out how best to defuse “Retardgate” (you have to watch) is sitcomy and without a sense that anything larger is at stake because there isn’t.

Veep is the brainchild of Armando Ianucci, the man behind same-vein productions The Thick of It and In the Loop. Though I can’t help but be slightly disappointed at the 100% transplanted framework Veep features from those previous stellar efforts (they’re all basically darkly humorous/evil versions of The West Wing) there’s no denying the approach’s relevance. In fact, for better or worse, it’s never fit better.

Oh, and it’s funny. There is also that.

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