Human resources: review of season 1

Human Resources will premiere on Netflix on March 18, 2022.

by Netflix Big mouth began as a deeply personal project for co-creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, a fictionalized version of their own coming of age driven by raging hormones that took the form of lewd monsters. But as the series progressed, the set expanded to include a more diverse cast of humans and creatures representing not only sexual desire, but also depression, anxiety, shame, and grief. gratitude. The result was what looked like an R-rated version of Pixar Upside down.

The Human Resources spin-off series takes this transformation even further, largely discarding the human protagonists of Big Mouth in favor of a monster-focused workplace comedy. While the parts of the “Big Mouth meets Office formula – that’s how the show is cheekily described in a groundbreaking fourth section of the first episode – take a moment to click, Human Resources ends up delivering the same mix of raw absurdity and harrowing emotional stories that made Big Mouth one of the best works of adult animation.

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Building on the mythology already established in Big Mouth, human resources takes us to the offices where an eclectic mix of creatures are tasked with managing the emotions of human customers. The show’s ABC storylines are at their best when they focus on how monsters work with humans, often arguing with each other over what’s best for their clients. They’re at their worst when reproducing office sitcom tropes with storylines like Pete the Logic Rock (Randall Park) developing a crush on lovebug Rochelle (Keke Palmer), or the hormonal freaks forced into empathy training. after too many colleagues complain about their rude behavior.

But, like Big Mouth, human resources is so quick and ambitious that he quickly goes from failures to great successes. A pair of senior hormonal freaks who fill the same role as Brooklyn nine-nineHitchcock and Scully don’t add much to most episodes, but their presence is redeemed by a parody on Glengarry Glen Ross which refers to Big Mouth. The sudden firing of Jessi’s lovebug Sonya Poinsettia (Pamela Adlon) is widely used as an excuse to get a surrogate audience in new Emmy recruit (Aidy Bryant), but the mystery behind her firing ends up paying off in a poignant tribute at wings of desire.

This deeply moving story about the all-consuming nature of love and the fragility of mental health plays alongside a parody on Rocky with an underground penis combat ring. That the juxtaposition works is a testament to the genius of the show’s creators, who demonstrate the same talent they developed in Big Mouth. for using the disarming power of the absurd to soften the blow of great emotional moments through youthful humor.

Human ressources also delves into Big Mouth’s affinity for musical numbers. The star is an ominous tune sung by Big Mouth Season 2’s main antagonist, the Shame Wizard (David Thewlis), who makes his triumphant return to convince career-focused new mom Becca (Ali Wong) that she’s the world’s worst mom. Becca is the human focal point for much of the series – her nursing-chapped nipples even have their own ballad – and Wong does a great job of negotiating the complex emotions her various monsters display as she’s being stalked. by his aggressive ambition gremlin Petra (Rosie Perez) and the other devastating Big Mouth villains Tito the Anxiety Mosquito (Maria Bamford) and Depression Kitty (Jean Smart).

The widely varying stories are enhanced by a ridiculously star-studded cast.

Although it’s packed with pop culture parodies in a single episode, Human Resources also allows the original plots to develop slowly over the season. The wide-ranging stories are enhanced by a ridiculously star-studded cast, including Hugh Jackman as the angel of drug addiction Dante, who comes forward to portray toxic relationships and an obsession with dieting, Helen Mirren as the mother haughty Shame Wizard and Lupita Nyong’o as another. wizard of shame embroiled in a bizarre black conspiracy. Henry Winkler is alternately kind and terrifying as Keith from Grief, an anthropomorphic sweater who slips into a recurring plot about a woman with dementia to offer her son comfort if he comes to terms with his loss while threatening to destroy him s he continues to live in denial.