Far be it from me to question recent work Kevin smith did with his unrelated View Askewniverse projects, especially his turn on animation Masters of the Universe: Apocalypse, Les Goldbergs, and Super girl. I also commend him for trying to continue this universe with Twilight of the Mallrats and Clerk III, but I think maybe in the age of streaming, the View Askewniverse can see a more sustained life as a limited streaming series, especially this last one.
I didn’t really like Jay and Silent Bob reboot (2019), his last two films taking place in this universe. Both felt particularly soulless compared to his earlier works. With To restart, it felt like a reunion where everyone intentionally phoned when he appeared in a literal rehearsal of the 2001s plot. Counter attack and might pass for a too lenient cheap seizure of money. So why should we Clerk III be a television series? Well look no further than the ephemeral Clerk: The Animated Series, who took over the adventures of Dante (Brian O’Halloran), Randall (Jeff Anderson), Jay (Jason mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) in an underrated cult classic at the right pace.
Yes, Clerk: The Animated Series only lasted six episodes with only two episodes airing before ABC canceled it in 2000. With a streamer like Netflix or Hulu, you can get a more complete journey without having to tell a movie. With multiple arcs, the limited series can actually expand beyond the main characters, possibly also bringing back characters introduced in the 2006 sequel like Elias (Trevor Fehrman) and Becky (Rosario Dawson) and better rhythm their stories organically. Another reason why this should be a limited series is the current state of the film market. Look, if Smith didn’t feel like 2019 To restart belonged to a large theatrical release, so the confidence shouldn’t really extend much over the third Clerk film, which likely won’t stray from the content and humor shaped by the previous films. Please Smith, put it on for TV! It’ll likely be more satisfying than your 2019 high school reunion.
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