The Great North Season 2 E18 Review: Toy Boats & Timothy Olyphant

FOX's The Great North welcomed a guest star to this episode, Timothy Olyphant, who brought his golden voice to his role while a boat debacle halted Beef Tobin from figuring out how to share responsibilities. Some minor spoilers may be ahead, so consider this your fair warning before reading any further…

The Great North Season 2 E18 Review: Toy Boats & Timothy Olyphant
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The Great North included a fantastic appearance of a guest character, Wade voiced by Olyphant. Wolf and Honeybee witnessed the appearance of Wade while strolling through the mall and I loved their devotion when describing this man to their family at home.

While our favorite oddball couple was drooling over the possibilities and potential talent in Wade, Beef was coming to terms with finding activities out of fishing on his boat as it needed fixing and became out of commission for a week. This episode of The Great North displayed some great moments of playful and adventure-filled moments we don't often see from Beef.

What was also developed was an important moment between him and his kids when they wanted to play with him as he found fun in a toy boat he built and Oktoberfest-inspired ceramic miniatures. The ability to lean into giving up some bits of control was awesome to see in this episode. The episode felt like it was being torn in two different directions at points, making it difficult to focus or simply want to focus on one story or the other. The Great North can have this difficulty in random episodes, where the focus seems divided but not in any equal sense compared to what's happening. I loved the utilization of the character of Wade, as well as Beef embracing the concept of play and sharing control, but both were competing for my attention when it could have been shared.

The Great North Season 2 Episode 18 "Beef's in Toyland Adventure"

The Great North Season 2 E18 Review: Timothy Olyphant & Toy Boats
Review by Brittney Bender

FOX's The Great North S02E18 "Beef's in Toyland Adventure" was an episode featuring many fantastic components and lessons but a disjointed set of stories that felt mismatched.


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About Brittney Bender

In love with media, from TV to film, you'll find me writing recaps, reviews, TV news, "Top 5" content, opinion pieces are everything and anything, and more! Bisexual creative mess with a love for dark humor, promoting important projects, and sharing interesting finds.
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