You can be forgiven for finding Portlandia too realistic to be very funny. The show can seem like a caricature of an "Overheard in Brooklyn" blog, or at its worst a freshman student theatre production about all those damn hipsters. All the talk about birds and bikes and beards, jeez! It’s as easy as shooting bloggers at an open bar.
But it does get some things very, very right, such as the over-validation of Battlestar Galactica, known casually as the only good science-fiction property to ever exist. You’ve probably heard your friends talk about it with some skepticism given way to devotion, just like Fred Armisen’s character in this newly-released Season 2 clip. "It’s not just regular science fiction," he tells Carrie Brownstein"It’s actually good."
Of course, if Armisen and Brownstein had really gotten into it, they would’ve replaced BSG with Game of Thrones — the newest nerdy property to escape the genre ghetto into respectability. By stripping out all of the goofiness and grounding its meticulous mythology in cable TV realism, both of those shows won themselves overwhelming acclaim from people who can talk your ear off about The Wire. To be sure, they are very good. But they’ll always come with caveats, from now until the end of time.
The second season of Portlandia premieres on Friday, January 6, if you’re into that sort of thing.