Lil' Bush: Season Two Uncensored

Lil' Bush: Season Two Uncensored
Capitalizing on both political discontent and the lefty hipness of the Jon Stewart generation, Lil’ Bush is occasionally clever in its topical relevance and irreverence but is rarely amusing in any way. While the notion of Condoleezza Rice being addicted to prescription medication, Barbara Bush’s camel toe and Dick Cheney’s penchant for eating live animals seems like it should be funny, it never really is — well, the Barbara Bush camel toe thing is a little amusing but it certainly doesn’t sustain a show. The second season of the show follows much in the same vein as the first, opening with "Lil’” George W. Bush stating his support for John McCain as the pair are having sex. What follows is a montage of photo-shopped images of the two in various states of embrace. This does a decent job of setting up many of the episodes, which follow school-aged Bush and his gang of cronies (Condie, Cheney, Rummy, etc.) who are often doing battle with the "Lil Demos,” which include Hilary and Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Barack Obama. Inevitably, political events arise, such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade, where the Democrats want every lifestyle included and the Republicans devise a way to trap all of the gays and visible minorities in Mexico. The only episode that comes across as both comic and clever is "Pooty-Poot,” where Putin and his "effing” bear give W. some poisoned borscht, which causes his head to expand. Meanwhile, Dick Cheney is forced to look after a lesbian watermelon and decides to blow up San Francisco as a result. This episode manages to balance political relevance, comedy and heart, which is something that the rest of the season seriously needs. The two-disc DVD release includes a crappy music video and some forgettable "animatics.” What might appeal to some viewers are the many commentaries that are available on the majority of the second season episodes. While occasionally insightful, they show much of where the awkward humour comes from. (Paramount)