Ooh, now this is a weird show. IFC’s new well-stirred and visually striking vat of star soup has Will Ferrell as Eric Jonrosh, the “Author-Producer-Actor-Writer-Director-Raconteur-Bon Vivant-Legend-Fabulist” behind The Spoils of Babylon, an epic miniseries based on his own epic novel. Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play the kids of Tim Robbins’ oil tycoon. Eventually Maguire’s character Devon marries a mannequin… voiced by Carey Mulligan. Even the most successful fabulists have to cut costs sometimes.
I can already tell that one must really be in the right mood to enjoy this six-episode miniseries — but I was! The format was so unexpected and I love how they created an entire production within the show. (If you’re looking for a TV show that will remind you to revisit Boogie Nights, this is the one.) It’s so exaggeratedly dumb that it can seem brilliant — and if a scene or dialogue seems lame or dragged out beyond comprehension, well, that’s just raggedy old Eric Jonrosh for you. Blame him! These poor actors are just trying to do their jobs.
Read EW’s Spoils of Babylon review here, and check out some of my favorite absurd moments from tonight’s two-part premiere, below:
Jonas Morehouse (Robbins) offers his adoptive son a list of potential first names: “Ezekiah, Ezekiel, Steve, Jim Bob, Skippy, Jesus, Jerry, Vladmir, Hortensio, Lionel Richie, Billy, Onus, Johnny One-Step.. Tyrone… I was always partial to Clyde.”
Did you watch? Did you extrapolate love or hate from your experience? (“I’m not sure you’re using the word ‘extrapolate’ properly.”)
‘The Spoils of Babylon’ airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on IFC.