The Killer First Season of ‘Barry’ Slays on Digital HD

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Barry Season One Giveaway

Everyone wants to be famous, right? Okay, well maybe not everybody. There are some people with occupations that demand the utmost privacy, like, say, a hitman. But what if a contract killer got tired of the rat race? What if a hitman wanted to shun the ongoing cycle of violence required from a professional killer and seek out the limelight as an actor? That’s the central premise behind Barry, the pitch-black HBO series that arrives today on Digital HD from most online retailers. Bill Hader leads this fantastic series that pulls off nearly impossible tonal shifts, going from downright comedy to horrific violence in the blink of an eye.

Barry (Hader) is a Marine Corps veteran who upon returning from Afghanistan started working as a contract killer Monroe Funches (Stephen Root), who is kind of a warped father figure for the socially awkward Barry. For his latest assignment, Barry travels to Hollywood where he’s hired to kill Ryan Madison (Tyler Jacob Moore), an aspiring actor, because he’s been sleeping with the wife of Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler), a Chechen mob boss. In trying to stake out his target, Barry winds up in the acting class of Gene Consineau (Henry Winkler) where he inadvertently takes the stage with his target. Upon finishing his scene, Barry is met with applause. The warm feeling of applause combined with meeting the enthusiastic aspiring actress Sally (Sarah Goldberg). It is then that Barry realizes he wants to leave behind his life of contract killing to pursue his new dream of acting.

What works so well about Barry is the fact that the show is able to effectively be two different shows at once. The first show is a slow burn crime drama in the mold of Breaking Bad and others. There are murderous gangsters led by Pazar’s Chechens and eccentrics that populate the fringes, such as the scene stealing NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan). Meanwhile, the police are searching for Barry, led by the dedicated Detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome). This first personality of Barry employs dramatic suspense, cliffhangers, and the looming threat of violence. It’s the kind of show that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wonder just who might make it out alive.

The second show is a comedy that lampoons aspiring actors and the charlatans that offer expensive classes and promise the keys to a big break. The great Henry Winkler gives a wonderful performance as the acting coach who isn’t particularly good at acting. Barry’s fellow students in Gene’s class are all clinging to that same dream, grasping at whatever straws they believe suggest that success is just around the corner. In this show, there are laughs to be found in Barry’s socially inept attempts to woo Sally, much in the same way that Gene tries desperately to woo Detective Moss.

Bill Hader and co-creator Alec Berg weave between these two disparate shows to create one astonishing whole. Barry is a show that’s always shifting gears between its two sides, and always for maximum effectiveness. Barry comically will be staking out a hit for his mob bosses while studying his lines. Or perhaps Barry will be running late for a big performance because he’s faced some complications in his professional life. It’s a delicate balance that creates a show that can have laughing hysterically in one moment and seconds later leave you in a hushed silence at the shocking twist that just unfolded.

With Emmy nominations just around the corner, expect Barry to major player in the comedy categories. Bill Hader and Henry Winkler should garner nominations for the pitch perfect performances, as should Sarah Goldberg for her work in anchoring the emotional core of the twisted show. The writing and direction of Barry is also impeccable, and I’d be shocked if it didn’t earn nominations for the final two episodes of its inaugural season.

Barry had already been renewed for a second season before its first one ended. In a way, I’m happy that we’ll see more of Bill Hader as the actor that slays when he’s not in the spotlight. At the same time, though, I’m not sure how the show will be able to top its season finale – which would’ve been the perfect conclusion to just end the show with. Either way, Barry arrives for purchase on Digital HD and it’s must-see television. It has all the hallmarks of the great shows that have populated this Golden Age of Television, but it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Barry
  • Season One
5

Summary

A perfect balance between comedy and suspense, Barry is a truly great first season of television as Bill Hader shines as the hitman who aspires to become an actor and all the bloody complications that ensue.

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