Monday, November 8, 2010

Special Agent Oso

I know many of you have heard me say this before but, honestly, Special Agent Oso is by far the worst show on television. Well, if not the worst then certainly a contender for the most annoying.

If you haven't seen it, the premise is that this supposedly James Bond-esque animated bear goes around and solves problems with "three special steps". Now, if you're like me and think that there are some tasks so simple in nature that they cannot possibly be broken down into three whole, separate are wrong, my friend, you are wrong.

The episode names are plays on Bond films. Things like "The Man with the Golden Retriever" and "The Chairs are Not Enough". They show clips of Special Agent Oso (emphasis on the Special) doing his spy-like training exercises. There will be thee buttons and in order to avoid disaster (insert danger music here) he has to know which to push! So he'll manage to pull that off somehow, then he'll make his get away in some sort of high-tech transportation. I'm sorry, but if you don't know which button has the picture of the red square on it, I'm pretty sure you shouldn't be driving an invisible motorcycle, navigating a large ship or operating a jet pack....just saying...

Sean Austin provides Oso's voice. I'm not an expert but I'm thinking this may have been a bad career move. This man has played a miniature football player, a bumbling hobbit and now an animated bear who needs to be given three special steps in order to breathe properly. No one is going to be casting a blockbuster movie and say "Ok, who do we get to play Angelina Jolie's love interest in this movie...Brad Pitt? No, been done. Tom Cruise? Nah. Hey, I know! How 'bout we get the guy who provides the voice for that mentally deficient bear? Did you catch his performance in 'Quantum of Sandwich'? Good stuff. Brilliant actor."

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