Editor’s Note: This is the first of a planned three reviews of Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights. These are not an episode by episode review but more of a capsule of Season 2.
I am a fan of “Legends of Chamberlain Heights.” I viewed Season One like I did with most of “South Park” episodes throughout its 20-plus seasons, mindless comedy. There were memorable moments/episodes from the first season, ‘The Legend of Tupaquia’ for one will always be etched in my mind but most of the love of “Chamberlain” comes from creator Josiah Johnson’s brilliance as the show’s twitter handler (@LegendsofCH).
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I looked forward for Season Two for more laughs but instead, the first two episodes were far less funny (in this writer’s opinion) but was far more socially conscious. June 25th’s episode, the second of the season, titled ‘Chocolate Milk’ was an examination of blackness, and the prejudices blacks have amongst ourselves that was caused by those, ironically, who looked like Milk. What made the episode amazing is that the creatives delivered this message through the lens of the aforementioned Milk, who’s by all intents and purposes a wigga, but truly walked a mile in our shoes. Seeing Milk being loved as a light skinned Chris Brown but loathed as a dark skinned Akon had more of a visceral impact because of his white privilege (Milk comes from affluence) than it would have from the lens of Grover and Jamal, who are both Milk’s black “brothas.”
‘Chocolate Milk’ was preceded by ‘The G-Word,’ an episode that examined the effect of gentrification of black communities that ended with a nod to Spike Lee’s classic “Do the Right Thing” with a Radio Raheem-esque death and riot.
So far, I have loved the direction.
Episode three, however, reverted back to the bag of laughs from the first season. ‘Coach Fishy’ had no social commentary whatsoever; it was just the creatives having fun over the Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes feud, or, the dick-measuring contest they’re competing in. Don’t get me wrong, there were laughs such as Coach Bundy’s hot breath and DFish’s seek and conquer mentality of involved women, saying after being interrupted from smashing a very married, very black man loving Mrs. Milk, “Twenty-four more seconds and I would’ve been draining my balls from deep like Steph Curry.”
But overall ‘Coach Fishy’ went away from what I’ve enjoyed most about the second season thus far — mental stimulation.
“Legends of Chamberlain Heights” air Sundays, 11:30 p.m., on Comedy Central.