Social distancing and Zoom calls seem to be the way of the world now, and instead of laying dormant for the summer, Todd Montesi has put his time to good use - coming up with a socially distanced episode of his series, PN & Friends. In case you're wondering, PN & Friends is an ongoing series focusing on the day to day life of PN... and his friends. It's a silly fun little series that doesn't take itself all that seriously, and tries to find the entertainment value in everyday life. Sure, the characters are bonkers and PN himself is the bonkers king - but it's all in the name of comedy entertainment, and in a lot of ways, it all works.
"PN & Friends: Summer Distancing" is more of the same only a little less cluttered. Okay, okay, it's a lot less cluttered and the bulk of the show takes online via web/phone cameras and Zoom calls. There are segments that take place outside and such, but more or less this episode should be familiar to most by this point in time. If you've been spending your time online via some form of video chat, you should know exactly what to expect.
The episode starts with PN learning that he's being let go from Costco due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What really sucks for him is that he also finds out he's missed out on some cash along the way. This is how things start, and they don't get all that much better... by the ending of the episode, PN is on the verge of making a big, life-changing decision - and then the rug is pulled out from under him in a somewhat sad, emotional climax. But the middle is full of mask jokes, crazy masks - including a somewhat creepy clown mask, and basically what you'd expect from a PN & Friends episode. I'd be lying if I didn't say I laughed a little more than I thought I would, and overall for myself, "PN & Friends: Summer Distancing" was actually a great way to start my day off. The familiarity I'm starting to feel towards this show surely helps with my enjoyment of the series, but it's really not hard to get into. And best of all, it's an excellent way to spend some free time without cost.
Technically? What can I say? "PN & Friends: Summer Distancing" is filmed with web cameras, phones, and anything that can essentially be put online. It's all strung together and runs around fifty minutes. I'll admit that the length of the episode felt a little long, especially when you factor in the format of the series, but not all that bad. So, other than the equipment used, all I can comment on are the characters themselves. And as you've guessed, I think this series has a great mash-up of people with PN himself being the king of the naive. His personality, along with the various other over-the-top characters really drill themselves into your brain. Mine anyway. But not everyone is crazy, it's a great counterbalance seeing characters such as Kenzie putting more of a real-world spin on things. PN may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but don't let that fool you into thinking Todd Montesi is as likeably daft as the character he plays.
Not perfect, and maybe you'll need to watch a few prior episodes to really "get" this episode. Then again, maybe not. Although the "Summer Distancing" episode is just that, an episode... it still stands on its own enough to be enjoyed. Right now, most of us can relate. You can find the links to the series below and until next time... don't forget to put on your mask... people are dying out there. :D