Season Analysis: When you get used to the insanity of Always Sunny, it becomes increasingly difficult to note what is unique about any particular season’s stretch of insanity.  And I’m saying this as someone who hasn’t watched all nine seasons, but only the last three.

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“Flowers for Charlie”
The lack of hard science in the novel Flowers for Algernon makes it ripe for being picked apart.  That story of a man with a low IQ becoming super-intelligent, only to revert to his original state, does not need a detailed explanation, because that is not really the point, but a version of that story that focuses a great deal on the science would be problematic if it did not have an adequate explanation.  In It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s version, the scientist (Burn Gorman, who was one half of the best part of Pacific Rim – the other half, of course, being Charlie Day) and his assistant running the experiment to increase Charlie’s intelligence are given plenty to do, so it is only natural that their methods should be explained.  And it is perfectly Sunny to have that explanation be a ruse in which Charlie was merely led to believe that his intelligence was increased.  His fake Chinese and chess skills were wonderful displays of how confidence and thoroughly realized bullshit can be just as enthralling as actual talent.

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