Friday, October 28, 2011
In case you weren't near a TV last night and also forgot to set some sort of recording device, MTV has graciously provided the internet with the ability to stream the premiere of the reanimated Beavis & Butt-head, complete with shots at LMFAO and Jersey Shore.
Critics seem generally positive on the show's return, with Grantland's Jon Dolan particularly enjoying last night episode:
As '90s reunions go, the return of B&B was great-to-excellent — certainly up there with Superchunk, though maybe not quite as fine as Pavement. Now, they watch reality TV along with their video intake, and since videos aren't actually on MTV anymore they have much weirder, Internet-geared video fare to spit vivisecting aphorisms at (just describing Skrillex's "First of the Year (Equinox)" is comedy gold). But if the old joke proves ageless, history itself keeps on moving, and keeps on sucking. When the dastardly duo arrived in 1993 they sent PMRC-type scolds into a tizzy by being the reductio ad absurdum of post-Axl Rose metal-boy id. Now, they return as avenging angels of morality: Unlike the dreamless, humorless, chinless human-shaped Jell-O blobs that ooze their way across an episode of 16 and Pregnant or Addicted to Porn, Beavis and Butt-Head always understood how miserable they are ("How come we were born as us? It's not fair," Beavis asks while watching a partied-up LMFAO video). But they never stopped scouring the swamp lives they've been dealt for ripples of trickle-down awesomeness — who else but these guys could have the unsinkable optimism to still be looking for something cool on MTV in 2011. Hail to thee, blithe spirits.