Cheap, thoughtless and profoundly unfunny, the only positive quality of Buckle Up is that it’s a mercifully short experience.
Perhaps I’m just uncultured, but Buckle Up might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.
Most resembling a dopey, aggravating YouTube skit rather than a proper television show, the only mercy offered by Buckle Up is that the entire first season runs for about 20 minutes. And thank fuck for that.
Yet here we find ourselves, on Amazon Prime no less. I have no idea how series writer and creator Andy Silverman managed that feat, but what do I know? Then again, I have no clue what possessed him to come up with the idea for Buckle Up in the first place, so perhaps I’m not best-positioned to judge.
That idea, by the way, is a start-up rideshare service, Axxle, where Finn (Nick Paul White), a driver who has been consistently fired from other, similar companies, uses a puppet pig (voiced by Robert H. Lambert) to mouth off at his various passengers.
Across six 3-ish-minute episodes, the pig torments everyone from an ER nurse to the CEO of a multimillion dollar chemical company to a nun, but most of all me, who sat through the whole thing with a permanent look of faint disgust, rolling my eyes every time the pig emerged through the cheap-looking curtains between the front of the car and the back.
I have no idea if the passengers in Buckle Up are played by real actors, which isn’t to say that they’re so convincing you can’t tell – it’s to say that they’re so appalling that they could quite easily be people pulled straight off the street. The pig’s jokes are reliably terrible; obvious, mostly profession-related gags, none of which are remotely funny, and on occasion it can’t be bothered even with that, descending into repeating the same shit over and over or making irritating noises or both.
I must admit I’ve never understood the idea of relentless annoyance as a form of humour – it’s just annoying. And Buckle Up is very annoying, which, aside from how cheap the whole thing looks, is really the only noteworthy thing about it.