Jpod is the name of a pod in the basement of a video game company called the Neotronic Arts. A Y2K glitch caused workers with the last name beginning with ‘J’ to be sent to this pod, hence Jpod. Jpod is based on the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name. I read the book after seeing the series and it was just as insane and experimental as the show. I’m glad I consumed them in this order as I can only imagine how pessimistic I would have been about a TV adaptation.
The Bafta-winning UK comedy series returns for a second season with further low-key adventures of the DMDC (Danebury Metal Detecting Club) as Andy, Lance and the rest of the gang are back…and still about as useless as always.
Situations have changed since last we saw the group. Andy is now a father and has completed his archaeology degree, but is frustrated that it has not led to any gainful employment of any sort. Lance has moved on from his obsession with his ex-wife, but a new female figure starts to move into his life.
When it comes to Adult Swim shows most people say that they are for those with a surrealist/absurdist/alternative/black or just plain bizarre sense of humour, and that those who don’t like the humour in Adult Swim shows, well, they simply don’t get it. I will be the first to admit that this is not going to be a show that you can just jump into and love straight away especially if you don’t pick up on the word play and pop culture phenomenons the show is riffing on.
On the Air is director David Lynch’s post-Twin Peaks TV series. With the help of Mark Frost, they created the most whimsical, surreal and down right silly TV show ever. Now, this isn’t a bad thing…but it is soooo over the top that it might piss people off straight from the start but if you handled the jump from the first season seriousness to the silliness of season 2 of Twin Peaks then I think you should enjoy it.
On the Air is like a collision of Invitation to Love meets Pee Wee’s Playhouse meets The Dick Van Dyke Show.