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3.0 out of 5 stars variable, May 17, 2009
This review is from: Penn & Teller Bullsh*t: Complete Sixth Season (DVD)
Entertaining as always: a mixed season, with some hits and some misfires.

First, forgo new agers for a while. They are absurd to the point of being impaired. Season six seems fatigued: sensitivity, dolphins and the like echo earlier episodes. Balance becomes an issue for this season, with acrimony working into some material--the Being Green episode was off kilter and strident.

It would be good to see more shows about things we accept as mainstream but do in fact have faulty joints. Stranger Danger made a bold point that child protection has become Manichean. The series really hits target with episodes like these.

The writers might consider lightening up on ideology and focusing on deconstructing things commonly accepted, such as the prison system, litigation culture (the root of political correctness), dumbed down reality TV and the like.

Certainly there are enough contradictions out there to re-energize the series.
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Initial post: Feb 9, 2010 6:27:23 PM PST
I totally agree. Season 6 was the weakest, and for the reasons you cited. I felt like I've seen some of these episodes before, but I know I haven't. And you're correct about the shift in tone from whimsical to acerbic, like a sweet grandpa turning into a bitter old man. Lighten up, Penn!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2010 11:31:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2011 1:55:07 AM PDT
hunter_lite says:
With you, Andru. I think some recent negatives are ideological, with the show trumpeting libertarian / teabag doctrine (Penn's a strong admirer of Ayn Rand). I'm not a historian, but I kind of doubt Houdini would be a tea-party adherent if he were around.
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