One test would define the season of “Great Country” – and she did not pass it

No matter how we look at it, no matter how we turn it around, at the heart of the new season of “Wonderland” is one and only one question: Will it hit the “government of change” with the same intensity as it has struck the last 12 seasons in Netanyahu’s governments. It is too early to draw conclusions, but after the opening chapter, the answer is currently negative.

The first part of the episode was devoted to the Coalition, in a rather lame attempt to ride on the popularity of the “Squid Game” on Netflix. So Edith Silman snatched up on the story of the assault that was or was not, and Bennett and Lapid were ridiculed for breaking election promises, and there were also Merav Michaeli with obvious jokes about the new baby and Lieberman who always manages to be funny, but it’s hard to say the satire was too poignant. Perhaps “Great Country” should not become the home program of the bibi camp, but there is no denying the great public outrage towards the new government, and feeling that the country’s satire program was a little too milky.

The second part was devoted to the opposition, and despite some good jokes and a successful tribute to the famous picture of Israel Katz, here too a bit of material fatigue was felt. Likud members compete over who licks more for Netanyahu? An integral part of the plan during the years of her partner’s reign, suddenly seemed detached and inappropriate.

The third panel has already been devoted to something that “Israel” probably likes most of all: promoting other Rainbow programs. This story is already well-known: the channel’s talents and reality stars receive imitations that mark them as cultural figures, and pay a light price with a few feeble bites at their expense. This time a rather absurd panel was sewn up on the subject of the housing crisis, a subject worthy of satirical treatment, but soon became a parody of Corinne Gideon and her mother and the couples from “Honeymooners.” Everyone plays their part in this game, and the result is far from knocking anyone off the chair.

Besides, we saw an opening sketch about the climate crisis (amusing, but from a season-opening sketch, which is traditionally included in the sections categorized as “punch in the stomach”, we expected more), a successful connection between Ilan Peled’s commercial and Shufersal and the troubles recently plagued the company, and an effective sketch about The exorbitant benefits that high-tech companies provide to their employees, but we have not yet identified here figures who can hold on to their shoulders for an entire season the style of the turtles or cops.

As is well known, satire has almost disappeared from the television landscape in Israel recently. “Back of the Nation” has come down and Lior Schlein is currently prevented from broadcasting programs, “The Jews Are Coming” is excellent but does not touch on this week’s affairs, and “This is It”, with all due respect, is faltering. In such a situation the expectations from “Land” are even higher than usual, but the first episode was far from delivering the goods.

By Editor

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