Published Dec 23, 2020Letterkenny's ninth season picks up right where it left off in the last chapter, with the townsfolk on their way south of the border to kick the shit out of Dierks (Tyler Hynes) after he got caught burning Katy (Michelle Mylett) at a bachelor party — "bad gas travels fast" in a small town, as they say.
After Mylett takes her rhyming shot at the season's first cold open, the gang encounter a group of 'roided-out Yanks, and, as you might expect, the Canuck comedy's signature rough-and-tumble antics turn beautifully violent just moments into the first episode. (Not before the Letterkenny crew get some serious chirpin' in first though, of course.) The latest season evades the romantic theatrics that the prior season set up, and instead offers a lighthearted, low-stakes approach to Katy's healing process, as the show's little sister opts for a "scorched earth" policy on dating new dudes, leading to some brief but hilarious quips about dental health and men's poor hygiene.
The focus quickly shifts to everyone else's business, which is going about as swimmingly as you'd expect. In just the four episodes available to critics ahead of Crave's Christmas Day premiere, the show returns to its quick-witted, queef-obsessed yet eloquent humour, and gives deserved attention to lesser-explored character arcs.
Gailers gets a little more screen time and, truthfully, for the better; where Lisa Codrington's supporting character lacked dimension in earlier seasons, to the detriment of the series' politics, this chapter sees the horny bartender seeking out more meaningful female relationships with her cousin Rosie (Clark Backo) and coworker Bonnie (Kamilla Kowal), as well as a surprisingly well-matched sexual relationship with an equally zany suitor. The same goes for the younger McMurray, who finds herself at the centre of the town's romantic spotlight. From the Skids to the Hockey Players, suddenly everyone has their hearts set on cuffing Bonnie, which aids in the development of Kowal's character beyond just the pretty girl behind the bar.
Dan (K. Trevor Wilson) and Darry (Nathan Dales) are in top teddybear form this season, as well, with their softer sides shining through more than ever. The season kicks off in the winter months, and, thanks to a town-wide sleepover filled with girl talk, movies and board games, these cozy vibes (marked by sort-of obvious quarantine filming restrictions, to be fair) really help set the mood for Letterkenny's most emotionally mature season yet. (Bell Media)