Bee and Puppycat: Sloth in Space
“Bee and Puppycat” is an amazing show that combines an eerie sense of melancholy with fantastic fantasy. When asked to describe the genre, fans might find this question to be one of the toughest on the planet. Slice of life ? Space fantasy? “Sailor Moon” for depressed millennials? The subject of this review, “Bee and Puppycat: Lazy in Space”, is a soft reboot/second season of this show. Although it takes up certain elements of “Bee and Puppycat”, it also adds new characters, stories and emotions. On its own, it comes close to excellent, but compared to the original show, it’s missing a few steps.
“Lazy in Space” shines when it doesn’t rehash the content of the original “Bee and Puppycat.” Its middle is when it’s strongest, filled with the whimsical adventures of slacker Bee (Allyn Rachel) and her wise cat (or is it a dog?) Puppycat, voiced by a singing voice synthesizer (Vocaloid) named Oliver. The series never takes its story too seriously, which allows many of its goofy moments to shine through. In one episode, Puppycat likes the TV personality/food–appraiser/mayor Jolie Patrick (Patrick Seery). In another, Bee’s friend Cas (Ashley Burch) decides to put on all the self-care masks she has accumulated, thereby tricking all her friends into thinking she is a freak. “Lazy in Space” thrives on silliness and the occasional heartfelt moments between characters.
At its weakest, “Lazy in Space” feels like a second portion of its predecessor. For returning fans, the first three episodes might be particularly hard to get through, partly because they take up so much of the heart of the original show, but also because they repeat some stories from the original show almost. word for word. In one scene, aspiring chef Deckard (Kent Osborne) makes the decision to go to culinary school and says goodbye to Cas, his sister. “Lazy in Space” lacks the emotion of the original show, opting instead for a heavy dose of awkwardness and jokes. It’s not bad, but it feels hollow without the thoughtful goodbyes and moments of silence from the previous iteration of the same scene.
Also, the characterizations seem a bit inconsistent. While Cas is a wrestler who is always looking forward to fighting her siblings, she is also one of the mostlhmain characters from the original series, balancing the goofiness of Bee and Puppycat’s antics through some much-needed reality in the show. ‘Lazy in Space’ Offers More Character-Focused Moments but makes her much dumber in order to give her stories a higher energy. Also, while pushing Deckard to go to culinary school in the original show, she berates Bee for doing the same in “Lazy in Space”. It seems out of character for her not wanting to encourage her brother to pursue his passion. His emotions could be nuanced, which would be interesting, but the show doesn’t go that route.
Despite its 16-episode run, “Lazy in Space” feels rushed. The story’s emotional beats don’t have enough time to breathe, which leaves the show inconsistent and unsatisfying. Its high-energy antics are undeniably fun, but they don’t pay enough attention to the numb sadness that made the original show special.
For viewers who never watched the original “Bee and Puppycat,” they’ll find “Lazy in Space” to be fun, hilarious, even weird.–rhythm, adventure. Regardless of its flaws, it’s a great time with endearing characters and wonderful stories, filled with surprises and jokes around every corner.