DISCLAIMER: There are *minor* spoilers in this review. If you don’t want to know any of the general plot plus some details in between, I suggest you watch and then come back!
Episode ONE: “GRADUATION"
“You Turned Your Back On The Cart."
Miracle Workers: Dark Ages is the second season of anthology series Miracle Workers and similar to the original series this first episode doesn’t amaze or bore; what it certainly is however is short. If there’s one thing that the first season and this season will surely suffer from, it's minimal runtime.
Set in a Dark Ages setting instead of Heaven, we are introduced to a majority, if not the entire cast from the original season of Miracle Workers but in dramatically different roles. The biggest change in character from the first season is Steve Buscemi from his character occupation of “GOD” to his Dark Ages’ occupation of shit shoveler. What’s unfortunate is that this twenty minute premiere can’t explore all of the new characters to a large extent so some are shoved into the background. Daniel Radcliffe shines, Steve Buscemi has his moments and Geraldine Viswanathan is revealed as our lead among the ensemble - however she still has a lot to prove in her characterization.
It’s not until incredibly recently that I binge watched the first season of Miracle Workers and while I didn’t absolutely adore the premiere I continued to watch through and in a binge format it was not only an incredibly fast watch but a wonderful binge. However watching it as it was intended on a week to week basis doesn’t seem like a great way to absorb this show.
The comedy is dry, weird and occasionally a little too on the nose but that’s what gets a chuckle out of me. A personal favorite of mine, creator Simon Rich’s previous series that ran for three seasons, Man Seeking Woman had an identical odd sense of humor and the more it sits with you the better the jokes become.
Dark Ages has promise but it’s not entirely shown here in this season two premiere. At a quick twenty minutes you can easily watch it and be ready for the next episode, but as far as keeping interest for the next offering that’s up in the air.
What do I personally recommend? Wait it out. Watch the first season all the way through and if you don’t find enjoyment through those seven episodes, it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t spend time on Dark Ages.
THE VERDICT: HALF POPCORN