Jonathan Kaplan, Marianne Bayard
We've all been there before. Remember that time you just wanted to say, "F*ck it!" to everything that a grown person is told they should hold dear? Work? Responsibilities? They can all go straight to hell because I want to be a rock star, or a model, or in the case of "Mares & Kaps" episode one, a movie star? We all wonder at some point where things went wrong, and when exactly it was that our dreams vanished in a puff of proverbial smoke?
The premise of this new web series is simple. Wannabe leading lady Mares decides enough is enough. She's going to be a movie star even if it kills her - and she's not going it alone. Along for the ride? Her best friend Kaps. Now, all she has to do is get him to quit his job, and they can both be on their way. Fame, fortune, the promised land. Essentially, I've pretty much summed up this first episode save the finer points in the story - and it's those finer points that make the show funny. I don't want to spoil it all for you because guess what? "Mares & Kaps" is free to watch, and the links are below.
There's not really much to write when it comes to the technical elements of this series, except to say it all looks and sounds pretty decent. Episode one doesn't happen to be all that long either and truth be told, it just zooms by at a break-neck pace. But what about the comedy you ask? Well... I found the show pretty funny. But I have a weird sense of humor, or so I'm told. The jokes come from the fact you know this stuff would never happen in real life. I'm not talking about dropping everything to pursue a dream, I'm talking about the way it all goes down. The opening scene in the funeral home? That would never happen in real life... I hope anyway. But watching it onscreen is funny as hell. The same can be said about the entire scene with Kaps... again, never happen. And yet again... I hope. The comedy comes from the off-the-wall ridiculousness of it all, and the highly inappropriate actions of our characters. It's a blast to watch, period.
There you have it. Episode one down the hatch, with a heaping helping of laughter. "Mares & Kaps" should appeal to everyone because quite frankly, who doesn't like to laugh? I look forward to seeing what's in the pipe and happily subscribed. You should as well. Three and a half stars.