by netflix Hot and humid American summer: ten years later brought back the whole gang. Andy, Katie, Coop, Lindsay, Vic, Susie, Ben, McKinley, Donna, Abby, Mitch, Gene, Claire, Mark, Beth… wait… Claire and Mark? I know all the common first names used in the set WHAT cannon. Who are Claire and Mark? And why is everyone acting like they’re part of the gang?
If you have asked yourself these questions during your humid hot binge, then you did exactly what you were supposed to do. Mark (Mark Feuerstein) and Claire (Sarah Burns) are indeed new additions to the camp firewood myth. The joke, of course, is that they are not treated that way. This is why even humid hot the faithful probably did a double take at the top of Ten years after. The first episode of the new miniseries opens with the penultimate scene from the 2001 original Hot humid american summer where advisers decide to make it their beeswax to reunite ten years later. This scene from the original film features two new characters, Mark and Claire, inserted into hilarious and obvious cutaways. Kudos also to Marguerite Moreau for playing Katie in the new shots right next to her performance as Katie from 16 years ago.
Ten years after also inserts Mark and Claire in another vintage humid hot scene. In episode two (” Soft ball “), we get a flashback of Mark and Claire carving their names in a tree on the last day of camp in 1981. The panoramic shot of the councilors returning from their home. drug-filled trip to Waterville.
But why include two new characters when there are already some? so much campers and advisers and presidents in the cast? Co-showrunner and director David Wain said Vanity Show that they knew they needed a “great couple” to Ten years after. “We knew for the ‘reunion’ genre there had to be the ‘super couple’ – so we decided to create two new characters and put them in the canon as if they had been there the entire time,” he said. explained Wain. Claire and Mark fill this void, because they have been in a relationship since this summer of 81 and even plan to move in together. Of course, Mark’s constant cheating (the guy keeps a “Fuck Book”!) Is a real problem.
And although Ten years after has a cast of 40, Burns and Feuerstein were probably needed to complete the scenes. As Wain explained, many actors of Ten years after were only available for a few days, which meant that the encampment was sometimes filled with double bodies. Throughout the eight episodes, Mark and Claire constantly help fill in scenes and storylines, like Claire reluctantly teaming up with McKinley (Michael Ian Black) for all that Renata drama. Knowing how scattered everyone’s schedules were, Burns and Feuerstein are great utilitarian actors.
These aren’t the only new additions being treated as Camp Firewood institutions, either. With Claire and Mark, the show adds a bunch of lore we’ve never seen before. The King of Camp contest, the call and answer song (“walla walla hey!”), The Spirit of Firewood totem pole –all of it is treated as if it has existed since the first movie, even though it is news to us. But what is it humid hot all, delivering an unexpected ridiculousness but making him feel oddly right.