Muppets Now is the latest Muppet TV show since it last aired in 2016 and it’s a chaotic slurry of hilarity. The energy is definitely exciting but could wear you down if you consume more than one episode at a time. Luckily for fans, the show comes in at just under 26 minutes and is the perfect amount of crazy. Episode two is out this week streaming on Disney+ and features guests like Taye Diggs in another Miss Piggy skit and Danny Trejo in a cooking segment with the Swedish Chef. It’s a fabulous round of skits that’ll have you in tears and it even tops episode 1.
Once again the episode centers around Scooter rushing to upload segments to the Disney+ streaming service. Titled “Fever Pitch,” Fozzy is bothering Scooter and attempting to pitch terrible ideas for segments. The first skit is a new one and it’s called “Pepé’s Unbelievable Game Show.” It’s a riot and it sets up the rest of the show’s hilarity. Pepé the King Prawn is the main character in the skit with Scooter acting as his producer. The skit revolves around Pepé somehow planning segments while also having no idea how to run a game show. It utlizes two human guests and their reactions help keep the show feeling fresh and real.
Following this is “Okey Dokey Kookin” with Swedish Chef and Danny Trejo. They must make tacos, but of course the Swedish Chef and Trejo are taking it way too seriously. This skit utilizes visual humor, hilarious made-up captions in Swedish, and a few surprises too. The skit works in part because Trejo is playing against the usual tough guy type and Swedish Chef ends up wanting to fight. Trejo is quite dashing in the skit as well and even shows off some great cooking skills. Beverly Plume plays the host and there are some excellent reactions from her.
Next up is “Muppet Labs Field Test” and features Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker doing some science. This skit revolves around Honeydew favoring a smart assistant over Beaker. The jealousy and competitive nature between Beaker and the Alexa-looking robot gets ever more dangerous as the episode progresses. Once again, the visual comedy is on point and it ends in a satisfying conclusion leaving Beaker triumphant.
The final skit is a carry over from the last episode called “Life Style with Miss Piggy” complete with an animated titles joke to start like in the last episode. Diggs joins Miss Piggy again this time to do some Yoga. There are some great Muppet cameos as well as another appearance by Linda Cardellini. This skit tops the segment from last episode as it mixes things up quite a bit and makes fun of Miss Piggy’s lack of exercise abilities.
This episode is funny from beginning to end with a good mix of skits and a plethora of Muppets guesting throughout. “Fever Pitch” is a great example of how the various personalities among the Muppets is maximized when there’s an eclectic mix of characters and skits in the episode.
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