In regards to 'Blue Mountain State' I have to ask, just because you can, should you? 'Blue Mountain State' is a gross-out (with major emphasis on gross) comedy on Spike TV about the players on a college football team. Spike, just because they can, have tried to push the limits of cable television here. You can tell they're bound somewhat by rules, the language and situations are R rated, but when it comes to nudity there's nothing more than just buxom women in bras and panties. The problem with the show, and it's a huge problem, is it feels like just because it can use over-the-top, sexually-laced innuendo at every turn it does. It's like the writers were told, "Here's the list of bad words we can use every episode, so try and cram them in no matter what!! We're pushing the envelop guys!"
Take another show that rattles off expletives and sexual innuendo that I just reviewed, 'The League.' The difference between FX's 'The League' and Spike's 'Blue Mountain State' is that the writers on 'The League' are able to weave hilarious situations into the risqué humor. 'Blue Mountain State' on the other hand says, "Here! We're using bad words, on basic cable. Laugh dammit!"
Let me prove my point. There's an episode early on in the season where Thad (the doofus team captain) introduces everyone to his masturbatory toy, "The Pocket Pussy." The term "Pocket Pussy" is said no less than fifty times in its 25 or so minute runtime. Each time it's said you can actually picture the writers laughing at themselves. The object in question is passed around through the whole team (which caused me to throw up a little in my mouth) spreading STDs around like a nightmarish white elephant gift. This is just one of the many moronic episodes that populate 'Blue Mountain State's first season.
Maybe I'd find myself caring more for the show if I found any character likable at all. Instead the cast is filled with buffoonish caricatures of college jocks acting like cavemen, and ditzy women with fake breasts crawling all over them. What story there actually is centers around the backup quarterback Alex Moran and the new top high school recruit running back Craig Shilo and their exploits as they're hazed during their joining of the team.
I can't tell you how much I hated watching this show. It's just awful, unfunny dreck. What makes it worse is that whoever is behind this show thinks they're actually producing something that pushes the boundaries of television. Newsflash 'Blue Mountain State' writers, the only thing you're pushing is my gag reflex. Every time I try and stomach another one of your episodes I dry heave a little.
For being such a overall vile production 'Blue Mountain State' shines on Blu-ray with a crisp clean look to its 1080p presentation. I never knew this show existed until I had to review it, so I never watched it on TV (thank goodness) so I can't comment on how it compares to its original HD broadcasts. What I can say though is that it's a well balanced effort that looks better than most TV Blu-rays. The detail is pumped up to the max, giving the picture that high-def pop we're always searching for. Tiny scratches and dings can be seen often in the players' helmets. Contrast is perfect, and fleshtones are spot-on natural looking. Colors burst off the screen as the players run up and down the field. The lush green of the turf glows with life. Even darker scenes like in the strip club (yes, how could there NOT be a strip club in this show?) look great with shadow delineation creating detailed lines. Crushing rarely rears its ugly head, and the rest of the presentation looks about as clear as you can get. Especially for TV. There are no artifacts to speak of, or technical problems to report.
On the other hand, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix isn't as special as the video presentation is. It feels far more front-heavy than it should be since the show features hard-hitting tackles, strip clubs with booming bass, cheering crowds, and loud college parties. The rear speakers are hardly, if ever, engaged. Most everything from dialogue, to the soundtrack, and even the sound effects are constrained to the front channels. Dialogue is clear though, and so are the sound effects of the crunching tackles. When a tackle comes from the side the mix does a nice job at placing it to the side of the soundfield, but it still lacks the oomph that creates an engaging soundfield. All in all, this was to be expected for a low-budget television show like this, but with the bar set high with the video I thought the audio would have fared a bit better.
There really is a lot of good TV out there. There's great, even phenomenal TV out there, so why would you waste your time watching something like this? I can't even imagine that this show has any fans. I'll probably get blasted by one or two of them after this review, but this show is utterly base and completely awful. There isn't a redeeming quality about it. Watching it for this review was a chore. It robbed me of precious time that I will never get back. I'm here to warn you, so you won't suffer the same loss of time and money
The video looks great, the audio needs some help, and the special features are less than special. Finally, I'm done with this show. On to better things! One to avoid.