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Portlandia "The Noodle Monster" Review - AVClub

AVClub: For a show that gets most of its laughs out of small-scale events—a feminist bookstore, karaoke nights, beach trips, various local businesses opening and closing—Portlandia has a marked taste for the epic in its finales. Beginning with season two’s “Brunch Special,” the season finales of Portlandia depend on raising the stakes far past Portland’s normal insular attitude, leaning more towards disaster movie than sketch comedy. To date, the city has been gripped by a massive blackout, almost swept aside by freak floods, and terrorized by a roaming band of arsonist kidnappers. They like to move beyond the pale, pushing their characters into ever more extreme circumstances and seeing how things shake out.

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