Dan Vs: “Burgerphile” (Review)

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Tony here. Time to review the latest episode of Dan Vs. The new episode, “Burgerphile”, aired Saturday, June 18, 2011, on The Hub. There was no new episode last week, which sucks, but what sucks more is that there’s only two more episodes of the season left (if current schedules are accurate). Spoilers below. Let’s get started.

In “Burgerphile”, Dan gets terrible service at the drive-thru for Burgerphile. Enraged, he declares revenge on the fast food joint, and stages a protest inside the restaurant. Right off the bat—I loved this episode. A lot. It’s definitely somewhere in my top 3 episodes of this show from its whole run thus far (“The Animal Shelter” remains in the top spot). To elaborate…

This episode was outrageous. Every single joked just worked perfectly. Some of my favorites: practically all the jokes with Dan and Hortense, whose nasally voice was provided by Tress MacNeille and is so funny that every word she says makes me chuckle; Dan’s surprisingly peaceful protest of chaining himself to the store’s counter and refusing the leave; the manager’s fear of returning to Maryland (viewers from that state must be so pissed); and the cops seeing Chris and Elise together and saying that Elise must be Chris’s nurse.

The laughs were plentiful and the story worked. There was lots of continuity nods, too. Burgerphile has been mentioned previously in the show, the human persona of the werewolf appeared again, and we had another appearance from Crunchy, the hippie, who is my favorite recurring character. The animation is slowly increasing in quality too—the show’s budget is clearly cheap, but it always delivers on well drawn character designs and set pieces, and here we had lots of well-animated fight scenes and character movement. I loved the escalation of the whole thing—most of the episodes of this show employ this, but this one gave it all a sort of slow-burn effect. This makes the jokes much more ironically rooted and subtle, and in fact actually allowed for us to legitimately sympathize with Dan’s plight for once. Every episode seems to show more and more growth for the writing staff, and this episode seems to display the show at its peak. And with its record so far. I would not be surprised if it stayed here. I give it a perfect 10/10.

Be sure to catch Dan Vs. every Saturday on The Hub at 8pm EST, and of course always check in on Toons with Tony for new reviews, recaps, news, and more.

  1. Sam says:

    This was such a good episode. But it’s driving me crazy. I can’t think of who does the Manager’s voice, I know that voice, mainly at the end when Jeff is being dragged away screaming.

  2. JesusLouisus says:

    Great episode! (But it was actually the great Grey Delisle, not Tress MacNeille, who played Hortence)

  3. Coop says:

    As a Marylander, I actually thought the MD jokes were pretty funny, since the state isn’t all that great anyway, and The Hub’s headquarters are in Maryland as well, so I’m sure it was an inside joke from the start.

    Great episode, though.

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