May 23, 2015

Life Lessons from Maron: "The Request"

Left to right: Anna Konkle, Marc Maron and Cameron Esposito
Welcome to the return of the recap series on the IFC series Maron in which comedian/podcaster Marc Maron lives life and tries to learn how to be a better person. To pay homage to the series, these recaps will be released on Saturdays and chronicle the various life lessons that are presented in the 30 minute format on a weekly basis as well as a meter that determines just how angry our protagonist seems to be. Join us as we tackle the psyche of the popular angry man and pray that he doesn't lose it entirely.

Plot: After a discussion with his lesbian neighbors, Marc agrees to inseminate one of them to have a child.

Left to right: Whitney Cummings and Maron
A Line That Sums Up the Episode: "There are never enough monsters in the world."

Ryan Singer
Guests Review: Ryan Singer kicks things off by talking about his life of playing guitar and seeing movies before chastising Marc for being somewhat of a sad loner. Whitney Cummings stops by to present her views on artificial insemination and tells Marc that his lineage should stop with him. Meanwhile, it's the return of Cameron Esposito and Anna Konkle as a lesbian couple who have a lot of issues. Esposito is great as the overbearing and demanding leader of the pack from her stare to her requests to be present when her partner has sex.

Anger Meter: 5 (out of 10)
It is hard for Marc to really be mad when he is more of a pawn in someone else's game. Is whole purpose in this episode is to have sex and potentially become a father. He is complacent at best. Even then, the frustrations of having to ditch friends to have sex with a lesbian is quite the situation and one where things go from absurd to sort of dark and brilliant in this week's episode. It may be at times too uncomfortable, but it does so in the best ways possible thanks to a nuanced performance from Maron.

Josh Brener
We Good?: While there are a ton of cameo roles in this particular episode, I do feel like we're getting an interesting set-up for things to come. For starters, the artist girlfriend is a character that has appeared frequently in WTF with Marc Maron stories and may be evolving into some feud between Marc and Kyle (Josh Brener). Who knows. Otherwise, it is a very strong episode that tackles a new and interesting issue that somehow puts the white male into a submissive and sympathetic position. It is dark and most of all funny in ways that the show has been great at. The final break-up is especially tragic and the final words from Esposito are striking in their vague hopelessness. The show has embraced its melancholic vibe quite well.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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