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Wilfred faces the ‘Truth’

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Written by : published Tuesday 14th August 2012

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Wilfred continues the story of Ryan Newman (Elijah Wood) a young man who sees a man in a dog suit instead of a dog (with the man in a dog suit is still a dog, Wilfred, played by Jason Gann) with the episode titled “Truth”. Things between Amanda (Allison Mack) and Ryan heat up as not only does Ryan say he loves Amanda, but also that she should move in with him. Wilfred is not too keen on this and keeps warning Ryan of the pending end of the world.

Ryan keeps thinking it is something like an earthquake, or something else, like maybe the end of his relationship with Amanda, but yet, as the episode comes to a close, Wilfred eerily warns Ryan that this wasn’t what he was talking about.

It was a rather tragic episode of the series that led with a very profound quote so much so that it deeply moved me, which is…

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable." – James A. Garfield

The real question here is I guess I didn’t feel the truth of Ryan breaking up with Amanda. Maybe that is due to spending too much time between Wilfred and Ryan (which is the corner stone of the show) but it didn’t feel like it wasn’t love, then again it did feel rushed so who knows. Written by series show runner David Zuckerman, Wilfred with “Truth” touched on all the things that really make Wilfred great and a few of the things that make Wilfred a tad frustrating.

the beautiful but eerie shot from the end of the episode

While “Truth” marked the triumphant return of Bruce (played to deranged hysterics by Dwight Yoakam) it also featured further foreshadowing into Ryan’s past coming back to bite him in regards to his father. 

Granted any ballyhooing I am doing towards this episode is more likely due to the fact that I really enjoyed Allison Mack on the show and I enjoyed her character Amanda. Matter of factly, the idea of Ryan competing for both Amanda and Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and their affections while dealing with Wilfred was more than a bit interesting in concept and I would have loved to seen it play further. Then again, Zuckerman has always played Wilfred close to the vest, and anytime we think we grasp what he is up to, Zuckerman and his writers pull the rug from under us, so I’m not rushing to judgment too quickly.

I’ve said before that Wilfred never quite knows what type of show it wants to be, and I still stand by these opinions, but an episode like this seems to stand out that Wilfred wants to be a certain type of show.  There is a real sense of dread and infinite sadness in those final moments between a boy and his man in a dog suit, and that is the series I ultimately prefer and hope to see more of. 

Wilfred is a fantastic series with dark comedic elements and features an amazing cast and crew led by Wood, Gann and Zuckerman. But with five episodes left, what will the continuing tone of Wilfred be as it draws closer to the end of season two? Will it be like “Truth” or will it be like last week’s episode “Avoidance” that playfully plays with the comedic light and dark tones of the general premise? 

Either way, it doesn’t really matter as both is a win for viewers and audiences as Wilfred like it’s brother Louie continues to raise the bar in television series produced on cable with their content.

About the author goodbadgeeky


Nick ‘Nitro’ Arganbright has an extreme love for a good story, whether it be in film, tv, video games, comic books, music or more and it shows in each article and podcast he produced. The titular podcast he produces is called The Good The Bad & The Geeky with co-hosts Jon Bettin and Nathan ‘DJ Meat’ Haley. The podcast has helped him make a few contacts within in the industry which he hopes to use to entertain and inform readers of his reviews on Examiner.com and The TV King, offering an average joe opinion that is often overlooked in major print and online publications. If you’d like to e-mail him, please do so at [email protected] or you can tweet him on twitter at @goodbadgeeky.

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