I liked it, but it has some problems.
My main complaint with the show is that Bug is a pretty bland character. It's definitely not Joey Richter's fault, since we've seen him play fantastic characters in the Potter musicals
and Me And My Dick.
Bug has no real personality beyond "wanting."
My second major complaint is that Jaime Lyn Beatty and Jim Povolo are criminally underused. I know I'm supposed to watch the puppets and not the performers, but whenever the Mosquito Brothers are onstage, indeed whenever Beatty is onstage at all, nothing else matters but her phenomenally expressive face. Povolo has always been the ensemble darkhorse
of Team Star Kid
, but here, he has only about six lines to showcase his beloved "Goyle" voice as Sweetheart Mosquito and the Overqueen is funny only occasionally.
I understand the addition of laser beams, Mega-Girl's whirring sound effects and record scratches
for the Internet release, but it kinda-sorta takes away from the "stage" aspect of it.
That being said, Dylan Saunders and Brian Holden surprised me with their impressive singing voices. Yes, fangirls, Lupin can
sing. I'm also very impressed by the newcomers Brant Cox (Roach), Denise Donovan (February) and especially Meredith Stepien (Mega-Girl). Stepien is absolutely brilliant in her delivery, movement and facial expressions: "Step off skank, you do not know me." Donovan's February has been getting a lot of flack for being a one-dimensional ditz
, but I honestly don't mind that. What I mind is Bug suddenly deciding that he's in love with her, but that's more of a Bug-related complaint than a February-related one.
And of course, the puppets are incredible, especially Pincer, who now sings my new favorite villain song