Netflix Original Series: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
A review of the Netflix Original Series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Follow the counselors and campers on their first day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981 in this prequel to the 2001 satirical comedy film Wet Hot American Summer.
Sullywood Rating: 7/10
DISCLAIMER: Do not watch and judge this show without watching the damn freaking movie its based off of first, its also on Netflix!!!!!!! Oh where to begin with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp? There is one thing for sure about this prequel show, it doesn’t really give two shits what you think about it, probably something Andy would say but 10x worse. They might have had one job, create a prequel show that told us everything we needed to know before the events of the film (which follows the events of the last day of camp) including why a can of vegetables can talk.
You really have to hand it to the writers who really did go out of their way of connecting the future to the past and doing so in the most creative ways possible, including the inclusion of Ronald Reagan, and of course showing the dangers of falling in toxic sludge and the effects it has on human beings.
WHAS is unpredictable and ridiculous. Its not looking for smart and its main goal might be including as many cameos as humanly possible within an 8-episode TV series. My favorite aspect of the TV series was trying to figure out why certain characters that were introduced did not make into the movie. Some of those reasons were fairly normal, others were of the utmost absurdity.
I’ve never seen a show or film quite like WHAS. Meaning I have no idea what to call it. Officially its a satirical comedy, but it lacks the craziness of an Airplane or Scary Movie. I would almost say your at the edge of your seat not knowing what to expect a la an action movie’s normal mantra.
The show’s dialogue is original and the fact that they successfully make all of the events happen within one day is impressive. What also cannot be overlooked is how the producers were able to get every single character to come back and reprise their roles. Apparently Bradley Cooper was in the middle of doing a Broadway show and still showed up to do his scenes. He was so busy that they literally wrote him as DJ Ski Mask so that another person could stand in and they could record his voice over.
It’s somewhat hard to be critical of WHAS because you are playing by its rules. Not to sound extremely deep or lame there, but its true. You can’t say its too serious, or too silly, or that it didn’t have character development. It is what it is, and I would imagine people are going to find it either somewhat genius or very bad.
Either way, check out the movie first, and then watch the show, I cannot stress this enough!