Obviously, no one at Blue Mountain State ever saw the Simpsons episode “Homer Goes To College,” or they’d know that nothing good ever comes of messing with a school’s mascot. Then again, it wouldn’t surprise me if any of them had set fire to their high school diploma when they got accepted to college in the first place. We’ve established they don’t have the best judgment.
BMS is gearing up for revenge against Overland, the team that gutted them in last year’s Cypress Bowl (also known as the end of last season). The rivalry is out of control from the start. Thad and Radon embarrass themselves on the radio, after which Alex has to stop a crazed Overland student from trying to chop off Radon’s arm, and as if that wasn’t enough, Thad kidnaps Overland’s mascot, the titular badger, which then escapes and goes on a rampage of its own. Stopping the badger leads Thad to accidentally shoot BMS’s own mascot and at least one of his innocent classmates, which just makes him cry. This is another example of “it seemed like a good idea at the time,” which I believe to be the deadliest phrase in the English language. Chasing after a wild animal with a bunch of tranquilizer guns may seem like a good idea, but it’s really not, especially when you have no aim whatsoever. It’s no surprise that everyone but Alex quickly learns to get out of Thad’s way. It’s amazing how much of an episode can be carried by Alan Ritchson getting to go off the deep end and Darin Brooks having to reel him back in.
Meanwhile, Radon temporarily moves in with Coach Daniels, whom he gets high on Ecstacy, leading the coach to try out his pregame speech on scantily clad women and start rambling about how much he loves his job. It’s an interesting subplot if only because Coach Daniels gets to tell Radon how he really feels. Radon, in turn, feels like he and the coach have some sort of understanding, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Although I think this may be the most disgusting episode of BMS that I’ve seen yet (I am amused that there was a warning for sex that didn’t actually happen, but no one though to mention anything about dead animals or their body parts), once you put that part aside, this is an episode that’s trying to make a point about leadership, in a warped way. Thad is trying too hard to be a leader, and Radon’s not trying hard enough. Both those approaches cause problems, whether it’s making an idiot of yourself or causing a wild animal to get loose on your college campus. Yet it’s better to try too hard than not enough; at least you’re trying.
We’re going to need another goat, though.
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