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Making History Season 1 Episode 6 Review

***Spoilers Ahead***

The Godfriender 

Fox Broadcasting Co.

After a 500-year break, Making History returns exactly where the previous episode left off, 1919 Chicago. The previous two episodes managed to break free of sitcom cliches and turn to actual time-travel stuff, and this episode continues the hot streak.

First off, Tim Robinson's Al Capone continues to excel. There's just something hilarious about a murder-crazy lunatic. The first act of the episode features Dan & Deb trying to humanize the famous mobster. It's familiar sitcom territory, but Making History gives it a time-travel twist. In other sitcoms, this trope would be used in a more trivial manner, but in this show, it's a matter of life and death. This is one of the greatest assets of high-concept, serialized comedies, even if they don't use original concepts all the time, they can still make them fresh. Overall, the front half doesn't accomplish much, but there were some strong comedic moments between Dan & Al Capone as they began to bond. On the other hand, it was a little annoying seeing Capone's wife being treated the way she was, I know it was played for laughs, but it came off as uncomfortable. But, I did like seeing Capone try to redeem himself by not killing people and treating his wife well, who knows if it will end up having an effect on the events of history.

The real action occurs in the back-half of the episode when Capone tells Dan that he has to kill Chris in order to gain his respect. Just when the episode seemed to be neglecting Chris to a pretty uninteresting (but amusing) B-plot, it pulls a switch and makes him the center of the episode. The whole final act with the gang in the house fighting the Capones was perfection. It's the first truly madcap scene that the series has pulled off and it works perfectly well with the setting and tone of the episode. One interesting moment is when Chris rushes to the future and then back to the past to fight Al Capone. It's more of the type of thing you'd want from a time travel show and I like seeing them stretch their premise as far as they can.

The episode ends similar to the second episode, "The Shot Heard Round the World" as the gang returns to the future and accomplish their goal. It's interesting that Making History has had two "mini-arcs" in the span of 6 episodes and I like how fast-paced this show is and how willing the writers are to explore different eras in such a short time. With the clock reset, everything is good, for now, and we're left to see where this show will go next. Note to Fox: This probably would have been a better episode to end on before a break.

"The Godfriender" is an episode of Making History that is just plain fun. There's a lot of great humor and slapstick elegantly crammed into 22 minutes, maybe it's not as great as the past two episodes, but it's still a hell of a ride.


Grade: A-


Thanks for reading my review of Making History. Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Catch an all-new episode next Sunday, 8:30/7:30c, on FOX.