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Eagleheart's Third Season is Something Special: Just Ask Chris Elliott and Maria Thayer
The series’ other half, Maria Thayer, is hardly the comedic slouch in this partnership. Her comedy carries a sort of quiet assuredness that forces you to pay attention. She’s unassuming and meek one second — and frantically working out her issues in a high-pitched, fruit-headed version of Punch and Judy the next. Her character Susie Wagner tackles the job of being Monsanto’s straight man (relatively speaking — I mean, you saw what we just wrote about the fruit before, right?) with aplomb, but she gets her own moments of delightful kookery in as well.
“Susie, in a lot of ways, is a really straight character,” explained Thayer. “But she has a lot of stress on her, so it’s fun to have it pop out. “ Given Thayer’s vocal acrobatics this season, it’s amazing it wasn’t her vocal chords that did the popping. Given that it’s Eagleheart though, you shouldn’t count it totally out of the possibility realm.
Just wait until you meet Wagner’s Wee Pea Pals. All I’m saying. And considering the goings-on in the first three episodes involving Monsanto’s other partner, Brett Mobley (played by Brett Gelman), Wagner’s role in Monsanto’s life becomes all the more intriguing with many an outburst ahead.
Though it exists in a universe where the options are really, truly limitless, the grounding that comes from its this interconnected season allows for one hell of a breakneck first episode. I mean, shit is crazy. Things happen quickly — disjointed though they seem at first glance. But ultimately, “everything that is sort of set up in that first episode comes back during the 10 episodes, and there is resolve at the end,” explained Elliott.
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Ultimately, it's the growth of the series that has given its stars a new sense of anticipation. “This new storyline, this new sort of version of Eagleheart is really exciting, and the fact that it’s grown into this,” said Elliott. “I’m really excited to see how an audience stays with it.”
And if you’re a comedy nerd — stay with it you should. What the writers have managed to pull off (at least from what we’ve seen in the first three episodes) with the new format, while still holding onto Eagleheart’s charm, is nothing short of impressive. “This is like the perfect show, right now, for me. It’s goofy and and bizarre and surreal, and on some levels it has this sort of meta thing going on. But at the same time you actually care about the characters and that’s really hard to do. The writers have done a really great job of pulling that off this year.”
Eagleheart: Paradise Rising premieres Thursday, November 14 at Midnight on Adult Swim.
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