Based on the comic book series of the same name by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robinson, SYFY’s Happy! is a bawdy, profane (the “f”-bombs fly quite frequently), and much-appreciated return to the film era of macho ultraviolence heralded by Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and most recently celebrated by such hyperbolic films as Crank and Shoot ’em Up. The trippy tribute arrives courtesy of producer and star Chris Meloni (Law & Order SVU), who plays washed out ex-cop-turned-hired gun Nick Sax, a booze-and-drug-addled loser who inexplicably develops the ability to see a flying blue cartoon unicorn named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt).
Happy’s on a mission to save the daughter Nick doesn’t know he has (not a spoiler) from a creepy psycho Santa Claus who holds the girl captive in a crate. Will Nick finally believe in Happy in time to save his daughter from a fate worse than death? Will he even care enough to try?
Nick Sax is a welcome addition to the “effective male hero” genre that seems to be waning in recent years, and the character holds his own in each of the many brutal situations he weekly finds himself in, including repeated attempts to capture him by mob boss Francisco Scaramucci (frequent L&O guest star Richie Coster). While only up to episode two, the show seems to be finding itself at an enjoyable pace, and fans of the bizarre (and violent) should find Happy!-ness here.
Happy! airs Wednesdays on Syfy.