Quick ‘Muppets Now’ Review – ‘Due Date’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

During a time when we all need cheering up – please keep safe – I’ve had a chance to check out the first episode of ‘Muppets Now’, a brand-new Muppets web-series that’s currently being shown on Disney+. I enjoyed watching the first episode of ‘Muppets Now’ called ‘Due Due’. So entertaining! 😀

The Muppets have become a part of everybody’s childhood, livelihood and culture since the day they began in ‘The Muppet Show’ on US TV back in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I’ve grown up with the Muppets from watching their TV shows as well as seeing their movies like ‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’, ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ and their two latest ‘Muppets’ and ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ movies.

‘Muppets Now’ happens to be quite different compared to other Muppet shows I’ve seen. It still has characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, etc. But it does something different in having the series be an improvisational comedy through the use of streaming it online. 😐

It’s surreal to watch it like that as if the Muppets were performing their skits on the spot rather than have it be rehearsed, but it’s very entertaining. I don’t know how this style of Muppet performing and puppeteering will catch on in future episodes, but it’s something I’m really looking forward to. 🙂

In the first episode called ‘Due Date’, the Muppets rush to upload their new streaming service before the deadline. 😀 There are a variety of sketches/skits featured in the first episode, including ‘Lifesty(le) with Miss Piggy’ where the aforementioned lady pig discusses personal style with certain guest stars.

This includes Uncle Deadly, Taye Diggs, Janice, Rose the Sheep and Linda Cardellini. I’ve seen Linda Cardellini as Velma in the first two live-action ‘Scooby-Doo’ films and she was Hawkeye’s wife in the ‘MCU’ films 🙂 It was a nice surprise to see Linda Cardellini make an appearance in ‘Muppets Now’. 🙂

Miss Piggy is of course full of herself when it comes to talking fashion and believing herself to the perfect lady pig among the Muppets. She can still pack a punch, especially to poor Walter who tries to emulate Kermit’s hidden talent for photo-bombing during the ‘Muppet Masters’ sketch in this. 😀

Sam the Eagle was in that ‘Muppet Masters’ sketch too. 😀 There’s also the cook show ‘Økėÿ Døkęÿ Køøkïñ’ where the Swedish Chef and Carlina Will compete against each other. Carlina Will seems to make terrific dishes whilst the Swedish Chef is rather appalling. Should I be very surprised by that? 🙂

The final main sketch featured in ‘Due Date’ happens to be Kermit interviewing RuPaul in ‘Mup Close and Personal’. RuPaul happens to be an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter and television personality. It was funny when Muppets like Gonzo, Fozzie and Miss Piggy interrupted the interview to talk to RuPaul whilst Kermit got annoyed. I found myself laughing a lot in that interview.

Throughout the episode, Scooter uploads the segments for the episodes of ‘Muppet Now’ whilst talking to Kermit on his home computer. It was amusing when the pressure was getting too much for him by the end as Kermit kept making demands. I hope Scooter will be alright by the next episode. 🙂

Overall, the first episode of ‘Muppets Now’ was fun to watch. I’m glad I made a start with this new Muppet web-series and I’m looking forward to seeing more in the next episode. I wonder what the rest of the series will be like and how the Muppets will keep us entertained during difficult times. 😀

Stay tuned for my review on the next ‘Muppets Now’ episode ‘Fever Pitch’ next week!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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