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The New Addams Family - Deadbeat Relatives

episode 1.2

Canada 1998
produced by
Victoria Woods, Lance H. Robbins (executive), James Shavick (executive) for Shavick Entertainment, Saban Entertainment, Film Incentive B.C., 20th Century Fox
directed by Ron Oliver
starring Glenn Taranto, Ellie Harvie, Brody Smith, Nicole Fugere, Betty Phillips, Michael Roberds, John DeSantis, Steven Fox, Christopher Shyer
screenplay by Robert L. Baird, Kelly Senecal, based on characters created by Charles Addams, music by Barron Abramovitch

The Addams Family, The New Addams Family

review by
Mike Haberfelner

During a picnic on the family graveyard, young Wednesday (Nicole Fugere) and Pugsley (Brody Smith) decide to raise a dead relative - just for fun of course. Only that dead relative is Vlad (Christopher Shyer), an old lover of Morticia (Ellie Harvie), who brought back to life immediately starts to sweettalk her again, much to the dismay of Gomez (Glenn Taranto), who actually (and erroneously) thinks Vlad is succeeding and contemplates suicide - while the children put up various death traps to kill Vlad. But they invariably fail to succeed as they either backfire or only prove that you can't kill a dead man. So ultimately it's up to grandma (Betty Phillips) to provide them with a spell to send Vlad back to the netherworld - and it's really about time, as to get rid of Gomez Vlad has challenged him to a death duel, and while Gomez fights with all he's got and seems to mostly have the other hand, it's impossible to win a death duel when the opponent is already dead to begin with ... and I need not add here that all ultimately ends happily, right?


Ok, there are a few ok sight gags and oneliners in this one, but they all lack the subtleness of the original series but are all driven home via sledgehammer. And in terms of actual storytelling, this one hasn't much to offer as it strides off into one direction after the other, and the death duel that ends the episode lacks actual tension as the audience has plenty of advance warning that the kids already have the death spell to save their father - so apart from some martial arts that come out of nowhere and a bit of slapstick the final fight is a rather dull affair. In all though, the episode isn't a totall dud but certainly lacks any cohesiveness.


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