Disney Plus Muppets Now season 1 premiere: RuPaul!
Though they never truly left, we’ll still say “The Muppets are back” in the Disney Plus series Muppets Now, and you have some of the classic characters mixed with celebrity guests. After getting reacquainted with Scooter (David Rudman) and Kermit the Frog (Matt Vogel), we’re whisked away to the fashion world of Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson). Her segment is supposed to be called “Miss Piggy Lifestyle,” but they screw up the lettering to read as “Lifesty” (as in a pigsty).
Her rudimentary advice includes tidbits like “Pick clothes that compliment you” and “Own your flaws.” Miss Piggy’s assistant, Uncle Deadly (Vogel), gets into some hot water when he asks if she means her external or internal flaws. There are also brief appearances from Taye Diggs and Linda Cardellini. Miss Piggy gets philosophical about beauty, asking, “Can a dandelion become a rose, a mosquito become a butterfly?”
Muppets Now: Muppet Masters
“Muppet Masters” is apparently a refined spotlight on certain skills a Muppet might have. In this case, the focus is on Kermit, who is mistakenly slotted as a great photographer. However, Walter (Peter Linz) is incorrect, as Kermit is actually just a skilled photobomber.
That being said, Kermit actually is a master of that art, seemingly defying the laws of time and space to crash into others’ photos with unwanted cameos.
Walter runs with the concept, however, then ends up running from the concept after he discovers the risks of photobombing Miss Piggy.
Okey Dokey Kookin
Then Muppets Now reintroduces an old favorite: The Swedish Chef (Bill Barretta). Hosted by turkey-lady Beverly Plume (Julianne Buescher), Swedish Chef has a cooking competition with Carlina Will to make the best of ingredients for Caribbean curry. Carlina seems to do a normal, commendable job whereas the Swedish Chef…not so much. In fact, Swedish Chef even uses soil from a potted plant, misunderstanding what “plantains” means!
The Muppets meet RuPaul again
RuPaul is not new to the Muppets universe, but the Muppets have opportunities to ask the celebrity questions. Though the interview starts normally enough, Gonzo (Dave Goelz) regularly shoots off questions like, “How many pennies would fit in this room here?” and asks RuPaul about spiders crawling into people’s mouths while they sleep. In other words, Gonzo is very much still Gonzo, in case you were concerned Muppets Now might have changed him too much.
We do learn a few actual facts about RuPaul in the process, though. RuPaul is originally from San Diego and, apparently, is named after an element of gumbo. RuPaul also agrees with Miss Piggy that “Diva” is a term of endearment. Philosophically, RuPaul urges people to occasionally breathe, laugh, repeat. That’s not a bad idea sometimes, right?
Summing it up
Muppets Now is a lighthearted show full of good cheer and tasty jokes. Like the Muppets of old, it doesn’t strive to take itself too seriously. So, for those who were concerned Disney Plus would miss the mark with this depiction of The Muppets, you can relax.
In fact, The Muppets were always on the cutting edge of zany humor, without cutting themselves on the edge (in a manner of speaking). Yes, this show could definitely be for kids, but adults could probably enjoy it. You’ll probably like it.
What are your thoughts on Muppets Now? Let us know in the comments!