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DVD review: 'The League: The Complete Third Season'

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'The League: The Complete Third Season'


One of the mainstays of the FX network, 'The League' has been one of the relatively rare comedies to endure for multiples season.

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Let's explore the third season.

All is wrong in the guys' world as Ruxin (Nick Kroll) is the reigning league champion and he isn't shy about sharing that knowledge. The rest of the gang conspires to rig the draft so Ruxin doesn't get the first pick. This causes a chain reaction of distrust and paranoia within the group. Meanwhile, everyone continues Andre's (Paul Scheer) punishment for 'winning' the Sacko trophy the season before.

By now, the show had settled into a nice groove, truly hitting its stride in the second season. This third season continues the high level of quality. If anything, the stories are a little more developed than before and less dependent upon the football angle which should help to make the appeal more widespread. It also continues and expands upon the parade of NFL players and important figures.

One minor detail that keeps cropping up in this show, and a few times this year, is that characters lie in obvious situations that are unnecessary It is good for conflict and comedy, but any normal person would explain the situation and diffuse the situation. Not these guys. Oh well.

The leads all have their chemistry and the show is predicated upon that. Jenny's ascension to being 'one of the boys' in the league really adds a nice touch because she is one more dangerous player in the league and it also causes Kevin to feel emasculated, at times. The more conflict, the better. Again, Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas) is only used sparingly, but he steals every scene that he is in. One could wish for more of him but perhaps small doses keep him special. We are also introduced to a few new peripheral characters, played by some very familiar faces.

Special features include: extended episodes, some deleted scenes, something called Alt Nation, Taco Tones, and a gag reel.

There is some minor character development, but 'The League: Season Three' is just as funny as what came before it.

Isn't that all that matters?

Not Rated 286 minutes 2012


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