Brain Dead is one of the most unique political shows I’ve ever seen. It’s witty, it’s dark, it’s satirical. If you like political shows, but you’re tired of the same old political talk, you definitely want to watch this show. The pilot episode starts off with a woman moving back to Washington to help her senator brother because of a lack of funds. When she gets there, she is overwhelmed by her new (and pretty crappy) job. Laurel Healey gets to listen to everyone’s problems so that she can pass on the information to her senator brother, who really doesn’t care much.
Healy will soon have a BIG problem when a guy’s head explodes all over her while he’s en-route to the hospital. Meanwhile, while political candidates are slowly tearing each other apart, a strange meteor has crash-landed on earth. Tiny space monsters have leaked out of the dangerous asteroids and are crawling in political candidates ears…and eating their brains! Suddenly, candidates that once made sense sound insane. As if the world of politics isn’t already crazy, it’s about to get a lot crazier!
The first episode of this show truly surprised me. I went in to it blind thinking it was just another political show and man was I wrong. Brain Dead has an excellent cast which includes scream queen Laurel Healy, SVU veteran Danny Pino and acclaimed actor, Tony Shalhoub. All of them balance the serious and humorous tones of the show very well. Although it might sound like a rather ridiculous plot line, it makes for a hilarious twist on just how crazy modern politics have gotten.
For a long time, I wouldn’t even watch political shows because I found them to be pretty cookie cutter. Scandal had me hooked for a couple of seasons, until it got way too unbelievable for words. Brain Dead takes its humor so seriously that even its episode titles are hilarious. Season 1, episode 5 is titled, “Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn’t)”.
Amazon Prime currently has episodes 1-9 of season 1 uploaded and will upload the last 3 episodes a week after they air. I’ve only watched the first 3 episodes, but this show is turning into an instant favorite for me and I’m sure it will be for many others too. There is no word on a season 2 yet, but we can only hope.
– Janiera Eldridge
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