It wasn’t so long ago we got a look at the first season of The PJs, and the folks out at Lions Gate sent over a copy of the second season of The PJs for us to hit, and this one is going to prove to be woefully diminished when compared against the first season.
The PJs Season Two takes us back out to the Hilton Jacobs housing projects, where the strangest cast of characters resides, attempting to make their way through life in the urban depression of…well…where ever exactly it is they’re operating out of. Amazon, for its part, still guesses Detroit, which makes perfect sense given what goes on in The PJs. And every episode will put them in a new and bizarre situation that often finds itself getting resolved in an equally bizarre fashion.
I give them credit for trying, and The PJs Season Two is going to have plenty of good laughs in it. But the problem is, they’re going to run into a host of problems. See, this is the beginning of the end for The PJs. This is the last season it was on ABC before its ill fated and ultimately series ending move to the WB (now called the CW). This is also the last season with Eddie Murphy as the voice of Thurgood Stubbs before it ended up getting tossed around by two different voice actors.
But The PJs will not go down without a fight. They’ll still have some outlandish situations here, like replacing an elderly woman with a crackhead in the same dress as the elderly woman in a bid to fool the people from the Department of Social Services so that said elderly woman can stay out of a rest home. Funny, yes, but just a little trite, especially given that we saw plenty of this kind of thing in the first season. But they did still put a lot into it, and though the originality suffers substantially, it does still manage to succeed in the execution.
Interestingly, it’s less actively offensive than the first season was, but it’s also lost a lot of the original punch. All things considered, this is nowhere near as good as the first season, but still fairly decent.
And with that in mind, the Screenhead Ten Scale gives The PJs Season Two a five out of ten, a diminished, but still worthwhile, package that isn’t as good as it once was, but is still a reasonably decent presentation.