TV Club: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp: “Lunch”

Wet Hot American Summer the movie has an honest-to-goodness, fleshed out plot, but when people talk about what they loved about the movie, they almost never talk about the plot. They talk about the jokes, and not even the jokes that directly relate to the plot. WHAS is loved for its granular randomness—stuff like the inexplicable mispronunciation of “shool” and “gurnal,” for example—and the plot is secondary. “Campers Arrive” maintains the looseness WHAS is known for, but “Lunch” is the episode in which First Day Of Camp starts to feel more like a proper television show, with a focus more on plot than general sensibility. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it takes some getting used to.

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