Adult Swim’s reality TV satire, Delocated, ended its third season last week with a genre staple – the reunion show. And while your typical reunion show is just an excuse to pull some old clips and fill a spot on the primetime schedule at minimal cost, the Delocated reunion proved to be a really satisfying episode, as well as a brilliant parody of the celebreality genre. And yes, I’m using “brilliant” to describe a series that devoted an entire episode to the superiority of potato skins over all other possible appetizers.
Delocated, created by and starring comedian Jon Glaser, focuses on “Jon”, a man who went into the Witness Protection Program after testifying against the Russian Mob. He wears a ski mask at all times, as well as a vocal distorter. This is supposed to hide his identity. The premise is that it’s a reality show about a family in the Program. The mask is really just a branding tool (both for the show and the show within the show), since the Mob knows exactly who Jon is and where he lives (largely due to the fact that he’s appearing on TV). The comedy in Delocated is mostly absurdist, though occasionally it turns surprisingly violent. (A Murder Montage in the finale reminded us just how high the body count is.)