'Blue Mountain State' Season 1 Review

'Blue Mountain State' is a show I've been meaning to check out for quite some time and as usual, I finally decided to give in and just do it thanks to another session of just scrolling through Netflix. Turns out it was a very easy show to get into.

Early impressions of the show while watching the first episode and judging the poster, 'Blue Mountain State' looked like a TV-Series version of 'American Pie' (surely I'm not the only one who arrived at that conclusion). Even though I do like some of those movies, I was still thankful to see that while there are indeed some of those elements in the show - that's not entirely what this is. 'Blue Mountain State' is far more laid back and never relies on the raunchy humor to be liked. The characters are a lot of fun to watch, some of the typical tropes you'd expect to see in this kind of show/movie are turned on their heads, and a lot of the storylines are very creative and offer a lot of laugh out loud moments. I can imagine there being a lot of people hating on the show thinking it celebrates subjects like rape and blackmailing, upon further inspection however, that's clearly not what they're doing. An example of this is an episode where one of the male leads gives a girl an STD, so she will have sex with another one of the male leads named Alex. Yes, this sounds terrible when I describe it like that but the people complaining about it obviously didn't actually watch the episode in question ('Pocket Pussy') because if you did, you'd know the girl originally tried to use Alex as a prostitute, blatantly ignores him after paying for sex and then when Alex asks her why - she makes fun of him after he got an STD from a pocket pussy. Stupid college students do stupid things to other stupid college students, rinse, repeat.

As I always do with TV-Season reviews, I make a list of all the episodes of the season from best to worst together with a rating so before I move on with the review, here's the list;

Episode 9  Midterms 9/10
Episode 10 Marathon Monday 9/10
Episode 3  Pocket Pussy 8/10
Episode 8  Lax 8/10
Episode 7  The Legend of the Golden Arm 8/10
Episode 6  Drug Olympics 8/10
Episode 12 Piss Test 8/10
Episode 13 Bowl Game 8/10
Episode 4  Rivalry Weekend 7/10
Episode 2  Promise Ring 7/10
Episode 11 Ransom 7/10
Episode 1  It's Called Hazing, Look It Up! 7/10
Episode 5  There's Only One Second Best 7/10

As mentioned earlier, the characters are a lot of fun to watch, 'Blue Mountain State' takes a lot of the familiar tropes you'd expect to see in something like this and turn them on their heads and easily the best example of that is the character of Thad Castle (played brilliantly by Alan Ritchson). This is a character I think everyone expected to be the stereotypical bad guy who's always out to get the main character and constantly pushes him around. Naturally, he sort of does do those things, but he's also really, really stupid - and everyone knows he is. No one really takes him seriously and our main character Alex Moran (played very well by Darin Brooks) keeps making fun of him and generally gets everyone on the team on his side while Thad ends up screaming like a little girl. There is no typical bullying on this show which is nice to see because it would have been a very redundant subplot to get over. Alex's best friend and roommate Sammy Cacciatore (played by one of the show's creators Chris Romano) is also fun to watch as the typical non-football player who spends most of the season worrying about his physique as he watches his friends getting laid every night. At the same time he does worry about these things, he manages to get laid in his own unique way and is often the focus of a lot of the biggest laughs of the season. Craig Shilo is the last of the core leads (played by Sam Jones III), this guy is is stuck with a girlfriend who doesn't want to have sex before marriage (but of course continually has sex with other people while Craig is too thick to realise) which is tough when you're in college - let me add, football player in college - in fact everyone tells him he shouldn't even have a girlfriend during his time in college. This setup allows him to also be responsible for a lot of laughs. Compared to the other three characters however, he does become the least interesting of the group. 

I usually don't praise a season for being short but if you're interested in watching 'Blue Mountain State', but fear it'll become yet another major undertaking on your endless list - just know that you can knock out this entire show in a single day. I saw the entirety of season 1 in a little under 5 hours and I can imagine me doing the same for the rest of the seasons when I get to those. I know that long time fans are probably very disappointed now with the short seasons after it got cancelled after three years. I can see myself joining that group once I finish it but for now, I follow a lot of other TV-shows are all dramas at the moment so it's nice to shake things up with something like this.

The biggest flaw of the first season is that we never really get to see the team actually play a football. Same goes for them actually going to classes. This makes scenes when they bring it up ('Midterms') make you go "oh right, this is a school!". Whenever they are wanted for interviews or are shown to have fans you keep forgetting that they don't just practice football all day - they actually have games where they compete against other schools. The whole season was more interested in showing the leads trying to get laid or talking about wanting to get laid, fine thing to focus on, but it dedicates too much of the leftover running time to talking about football or school stuff for it to be weird that we never actually get to see it.

Overall, really enjoyable first season that managed to keep me engaged throughout the entire thing. It continually offered funny storylines and laugh out loud scenarios and the actors are really entertaining to watch. It's just a solid season all together that I really enjoyed and I'm excited to see where season 2 takes me.


- Lucas


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