Mr. Reindeer wrote:AXX°N N. wrote:I'm in the same boat. In fact it's dawned on me over time that a lot of the humor in S3, to me, feels very in line with what On the Air should have been, re the execution of that style of humor. In S3 I find the extremely casual performative aspect of it (where puns fly under the radar to the point of invisibility and characters underreact to what is clearly absurd and almost anachronistic in the sense of a televisual comedy gag) to be kind of fascinating in tone.
That’s interesting, and I agree. Instead of playing up the zaniness and comedy, the deadpan reactions of Hawk and Albert and Frank (with looooong pauses) almost let the audience in on how cheesy certain gags are, like the joke becomes the unfunniness of the joke. If that makes sense.
It also has something to do with the general "unsure how to read this" quality TP has always had, although moreso with the dramatic aspects previously. The lack of a pervasive soundtrack adds a lot to the uncertainty, too. For instance the Lucy falls backward scene, which immediately made me think of On the Air in terms of the visual humor, from a sound design perspective is so bizarrely subdued in contrast, and has much more of an atmospheric night-time quality than signaling anything overtly comedic. The gags feel very couched in their respective overall scenes.