January 16th, 2012
09:45 AM ET
Sunday night brought the debut of anticipated series "Napoleon Dynamite" with a two episode premiere on Fox.
Needless to say, if the original 2004 movie wasn't your cup of tea, you won't like this much either. So what did it offer for fans?
One thing the movie had going for it was an original comic voice. There simply wasn't anything like "Napoleon Dynamite" or its characters, all of whom are back and, for the most part, voiced by the same actors in this series.
Napoleon's trademark mannerisms are here too, and some characters, like Diedrich Bader's Rex, have larger roles. In the first episode, Rex ran something of a fight club, which Napoleon joined because some acne cream made him impervious to pain.
The problem, especially with the first episode, was that the shorter running time and animated format appear to have made for a faster pace than we saw in the movies, which took away some of the charm that was in the film. This show has the polish of a Fox primetime animation, and it was that lack of polish that made the original movie so, well, "sweet."
My fear that this might be just another Seth MacFarlane series clone (minus the pop culture references) was somewhat alleviated with the second episode, thanks to its pairing of various characters by the "Scanatronica" love computer. That one had a little more heart to it.
Here's hoping the show moves even more in the direction of that second episode, and recaptures more of the tone that made the movie so special.
What did you think of the first two episodes? Share your view on iReport, or comment below. Also, check out an interview with the cast from Comic-Con 2011:
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