DVD REVIEW: Trailer Park Boys – The Complete Third Season

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Part 2 in my series of Trailer Park Boys reviews!  This one features the mighty RUSH!

For the first installment, Seasons 1 & 2, click here.

TPB3_0003TRAILER PARK BOYS – The Complete Third Season (2003 Alliance Atlantis)

By season 3, Trailer Park Boys was a bonafide hit show, and running on all cylinders. The confidence that Clattenberg and crew had was obvious in season 3. The writers had hit threir stride here, and produced eight of their best episodes. Granted, there are very few bad Trailer Park Boys episodes, but none of them were in season 3. Season 3 also presents the first true classic episode, “Closer To The Heart” featuring guest star Alex Lifeson of Rush.

Ricky and Julian are, once again, out of jail. They are also rich thanks to their dope sale from the previous season. Julian begins a vodka bootlegging business, and Ricky applies for the position of assistant trailer park supervisor, now that Randy has been suspended. Lahey and Ricky working together? You know that’s not going to turn out well.

Before long, Julian comes up with the idea of committing a series of small crimes, so they won’t get caught, and saving the money for a big cruise. Stealing gas and opening an illegal gas station in the park seems like a good idea. This leads to the first-ever big Ricky courtroom scene of the series. If you haven’t seen one of these, believe me, Ricky’s courtroom scenes are always a highlight.

Meanwhile, Julian starts dating a cop, and J-Roc starts jacking other rappers tunes (he calls it “cross promoting”).  This leads to the debut of new character DVS (Detroit Velvet Smooth…from Moncton), who comes to Sunnyvale looking for reckoning. Seeing Bubbles rapping during a moment of crisis is another highlight of the season, as is finding out what J-Roc is really like under that headband.

Then, one day, Bubbles finds that Rush are playing at the Metro Centre. He asks Ricky to go get him a ticket, with the only money he has.  That gets all cocked up, so Ricky decides that to compensate Bubbles, by having Rush do a concert in the park. Just for them. How do you do that? You start by “borrowing” one of the band members.

By the end of the season, the entire world of the Trailer Park Boys has been turned upside down, and things will be drastically different in season 4. It’s all funny, it’s all quality, it’s all good. Truly, season 3 was one of the best seasons of this show, and is actually a great place for non-fans to start watching. It is easily accessible and loaded with witty writing, inspired improvised dialogue, and great stories.

Pick up season 3 if you don’t have it already. For new fans, this is a great place to get into the series.

5/5 stars

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13 comments

  1. Bubbles imitating a Neil Peart drum solo, playing and singing a little Closer to the Heart with Alex Lifeson, and saying “I’m not giving anyone a fucking R” in reference to Helix. How great is that Canadiana.?

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  2. For me it took a few episodes to get into. At the start I thought the show was juvenile and low budget. But I think that was the point. You have to be in the right frame of mind when you start watching it, so give it a chance if it doesn’t appeal to you right away. I will. For me, it quickly became my favourite Canadian made show of all time, and I still watch it whenever I can. I’m not sure I want to pay for Swearnet though. I might just watch it when it makes it onto Netflix.

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    1. Yeah agreed. It took about a season or so to really get going. But once they figured out the direction of the show, it was full speed ahead. It seemed like in the beginning they didn’t know what to do with Julian. He was trying to stay straight, which never works…

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      1. Will you be watching the Netflix exclusive movie TPB: Live in Fucking Dublin and reviewing that? I was going to watch it, but might wait for the review.

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