I understand slow-burn dramedies, yet LUCKY HANK has the unfortunate distinction of being a deliberately paced show about the mundane. And it’s a damn shame, considering it has Bob Odenkirk’s outstanding performance as the titular character.
In “The Goose Boxer,” Hank starts to flap his wings and transform from a non-participant to an actual leader. And the show has moments, especially the back-and-forth cutting between Hank out to drinks with colleagues while his wife is doing the same in New York. The ramifications of both social events will have consequences for the remainder of season one, but what’s interesting is how Hank will react to them. We’ve now witnessed a slight change for him, and it’s unclear if he will become a protagonist that transforms or remains like “The Dude” in THE BIG LEBOWSKI and continues to “abide.”
I’m liking, not loving, this journey that Hank is on. And despite my reservations about this show, I will continue watching it. Not because I care deeply about the characters or the story but because Bob Odenkirk is one of the best actors currently working.
It’s available on AMC.