Season 3 of Louie is shaping up as a lesson in trust. Despite Louis C.K.’s notoriety as a stand-up comedian, his FX show dares casual viewers to tune out in the absence of sitcom conventions and punchlines. This week’s adventure, following Louie to a weekend gig in Miami, was an experiment in filmmaking. ”Miami” was equal parts travelogue, social commentary, and think piece.
When I first read that parts of Season 3 would be filmed in new locations, including this Miami experiment, I assumed that these excursions would be used as a backdrop to showcase Louie’s upward career arc. Since the show lags behind the comedian’s real-life experiences by a few years, it seemed reasonable that hopping on a plane to the Sunshine State would lead to bikini beauties, larger audiences, and a higher profile for our favorite schlub. Instead, the episode featured Louie’s confusing emotional bond with a strapping Cuban lifeguard named Ramon.
Confused? You shouldn’t be.