Jan 21, 2010, 06:48 PM
As to the sidetracking thing - exactly! For a while there Malcolm was acting as nothing more than narrator and "absurdity guage", if you will. Very refreshing to see his character and Muniz's acting talent featured for once.
Feb 26, 2010, 12:09 AM
I would be hard pressed to name a favorite episode... but the ones that come to mind:
Waterpark - I think every trademark MITM element was in play here and in perfect balance. The Malcolm/Reese rivalry, the Hal/Lois relationship, Dewey-ness, and strange elements like the hamster ball! And with the abrupt end to the babysitter (Bea Arthur) punctuating that dance to Abba's "Fernando" - wow, everything was going here!
Smunday - Lois rising from the bed like a vampire, clutching Francis' letter!!!
Reese Drives - Great lines in this episode - the police bullhorn interpretation of Lois' demands - and Reese's reaction ("That's not my mother!") and of course, the Dewey/Reese wars - ("Give them a reason! Give them a reason!")
Ida's Boyfriend - Grandma be drugging the man from China! And the Dewey/Reese wars at their best when Dewey wishes Reese away and grabs the dumpling.
Graduation - Lois' speech at the end brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't stop sobbing, especially when she talked about why Malcolm should be a great president. It was a perfect bookend to the premiere episode.
Over all the seasons, I think Reese's character had problems in Season 6 and 7. It was one thing to make him a bully/thug, then a budding chef, but then when the writers emphasized his dumbness, I think that didn't ring true to me.
Malcolm, Dewey, Francis, Hal and Lois - definitely loved the characters' evolution over the years.
And great secondary characters like Grandma Ida, Craig, Stevie, Abe and Kittie were great comic foils.
I especially loved the early seasons where Abe and Kittie were the most overprotective parents ever!
So much great writing I miss! That DVD set is sorely needed!
Jan 16, 2012, 05:11 PM
Malcolm Vs Reese
Series 2 Episode 21 where Francis sets Malcolm and Reese against each other then uses the prize they were fighting for himself. Their revenge is so so sweet. Dewey is trusted to look after Craig's cat Hal tries to help find him with simply hilarious results
Last edited by alster; Jan 16, 2012 at 05:13 PM.
Reason: Missed some funny bits out
Jul 4, 2012, 09:49 AM
I have absolutely loved the series but I dont know how many would agree that after absolutely great first 2 seasons, there was a dip in 3rd and 4th a bit .. then again 5th was better and 6th and 7th (so far) have been hilarious .. Although difficult to find favorites .. I would like to mention:
1. Bots and Bees (Loved the old crazy Hal rising in absence of Louis supervision)
2. Red dress (absolutely loved the mind games between mother and sons)
3. Dinner out
4. Reese comes home (there were so many hilarious subplots in this and yes loved the last scene when Reese comes back and meets Dewey and Malcolm and well they got on with troubling the world).
And well as far as characters go all of them are just perfect .. with Reese, Dewey, Hal being my personal favorites ..
As far as Reese is concerned I think his dumbness combined with his aggression really makes for so many funny scenes .. and plays good foil for Dewey who gets his vendetta from Reese using that ...
Also Hal is simply awesome as dad with his over scared, protective behavior .. Overall really a superb show ..
Originally Posted by Movieye
Aug 20, 2012, 07:46 AM
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Nov 5, 2012, 12:50 AM
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Aug 20, 2013, 11:50 PM
Flashback for sure.
It would have made a good series finale if the show hadn't been so popular.