Now, as "Eastbound & Down"'s second season opens, his mullet is in cornrows and he's making scratch as a cockfighter.
Still a legend in his own mind, Kenny (Danny McBride, "Your Highness") relents and joins the local baseball team, the Charros; inexplicably lands a new gal pal in a sexy, single-mom songstress (Ana de la Reguera, "Cowboys & Aliens"); schools his goofy best/only friend, Stevie (Steve Little, TV's "Adventure Time"), in getting laid; and searches for the mysterious Eduardo Sánchez not, he informs Stevie, the director of "The Blair Witch Project."
The last of this season's seven half-hours could serve as a series-ender, but "Eastbound" will return for a third and final batch. The second-to-last ep introduces a couple of surprise guests who will help take Kenny down the next path in the pathetic excuse that is his effed-up life.
But enough about that, because this journey almost all of it set south of the border is hysterical. It's every bit as politically incorrect as year one, making it every bit as good. Yes, Kenny spouts the most sexist, racist and otherwise inappropriate things, but it's to mask a severely low self-esteem. It also results in an interesting blend of tragicomedy, because one minute, you're laughing at the poor guy, and another, you almost feel sorry for him.
HBO's double-disc set includes roughly 15 minutes of deleted scenes, several of which are worth watching, and a gag reel in which tiny gangster Deep Roy ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") flubs lines left and right. Much like Powers, an eight-minute promo piece thinks a bit too highly of itself, but much of the boasting is earned by sharp writing and sharper performances to pull it off. Rod Lott