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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny are really nice people and if you don’t believe it, just ask them

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I have a confession, a confession that usually shocks people who know me. I’ve only seen two episodes of It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, This number will never be higher than that. If I wanted to feel like I was yelled at for half an hour, I’d sign up for social media DMs filtered out of my inbox or enter any bar in Wrigleyville and loudly announce Pearl Jam sucks (which I really don’t believe, but who fun to do). So I have no familiarity with Rob McElhenney. He seems like a decent enough guy, who has a great time doing what he wants to do.

So does Ryan Reynolds, and I love Deadpool. He acts just like the man who has got one privilege that most people love, has all the money he will ever need and is allowed to do the things he just enjoys, and is married to one of the most beautiful women in the world. Reynolds has been in a “I don’t care anymore” mode for a while, and he could simply be Ryan Reynolds. “Free Guy” was better than it had any right to, although I might have watched Jodie Comer reading the phone book (Although it is blue). More power for both.

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but, Welcome to Wrexham It just seems like a way to show what these two stand for, while only scratching at what Wrexham AFC means to the small community they call home. Some of this was tainted by the interviews the two had prior to the premiere where McElhenney admitted what was more interested He was making a sports documentary. But Wrexham is not a toy, it is not a prop. After hearing that, it’s hard to take what the pair has to say about communicating with the club and fans seriously, no matter how honest they may be.

Welcome to Wrexham Not a show for football fans. Which is a good thing, as there are plenty of documents available to them if they want to. The all or nothing A series on Amazon can give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the big clubs. If you want the big club to drop their luck story, there is Sunderland until I die. This is clearly a story about two men who mean well and almost certainly get over their heads with something they don’t quite understand.

And it’s a good story, and we’ve seen it many times in feature films. But since the non-fiction show goes out of its way to indicate, there are real-life consequences to that. Episode three spends a lot of time with Wrexham resident Shawn Winter, a fan who recently got divorced and makes it clear that time spent on the track with his kids is the only thing keeping him going. Sure, every team has fans like this, but as we can see through the stories of the man who runs the bar attached to the stadium or the old ladies having tea or other sights, the point is that this club, and football clubs in general, means something more to its fans. The show starts with McElhenney talking about how important the sport is to Philly, especially the Eagles, and then clearly trying to show how Wrexham and his supporters are on a different level than that.

McElhenney and Reynolds know enough to know they have to be promoted to the Football League and out of the Premier League, and while there are references to their vision and plan, we’ve never heard of any. The third episode of the season spends a few minutes securing Fleur Robinson as CEO or Phil Parkinson as manager, without showing us what Reynolds and McElhenney told them to sell to join a club that was a division or two below where they were. a job. Was she only working with celebrities? That’s fine, but it would be nice to know.

We also see in Episode Two how the pandemic season ended for the club, just a few months after the Hollywood duo took over. They lose the last game of the season and forfeit the National League playoffs and any chance of promotion. We learned at the end of the episode that the manager we had just met and half of the roster was given up after this match. But who made that call? Did McElhenney and Reynolds make that call? Were they simply advised and stamped with a rubber stamp from the people they had? They had to sign it, right? But we never see it, and we never seem to see it because we can’t see Reynolds and McElhenney as a villain at all. But we see them agree to spend a very large sum of money, because the Wrexham team is there, only on striker Paul Mullen apart from a suggestion from Twitter. Hey, they really care what fans want! But they are not expelling anyone. People just… lose their jobs. We really only get one side of it.

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Having said that, things start to turn a bit in Episode 4. Their first full season begins as owners, and we also get a glimpse into the dynamics of what their money means. On the other hand, celebrities give them an edge, financially, over the rest of the department, and we see that in the team store and how the two use their social media to get sponsorships and income that only they can provide.

What’s even more interesting is that we see how the contract dynamics play out within the team. We see four of his Wrexham mates live as roommates, because they have to, and not entirely happy with the salary they hear Paul Mullen is getting paid. The next scene is Mullen in his more comfortable home than they have, but it makes it clear that he can no longer be away from his family and how much it means to him to live with them full time now and why he took what was offered (and their cheerful accents and ways of supporting Liverpool. Take that, Judy!). It’s a glimpse into how this stuff works in the dressing room, and if you think it’s only that low, you’re fooling yourself. This is a story we don’t often see clearly.

There are also some hints from fans that, as Wrexham struggles out of the gate, Reynolds and McKillini’s glamorous honeymoon will only last long if it doesn’t translate into results. And both admit it freely. However, the first part of the episode focuses on the need to replace the field, and we should be sorry for these two people having to shell out $350,000 north on it. This is the job, kids, and we know you have it. The episode ends with Reynolds explaining in a phone call to McElhenney just how much they didn’t know, how hard it was, and why it doesn’t make sense what they’re doing.

Well that’s right. The risks are great for many people. You are not examined as a saint by simply appearing. This is a living thing that breathes. It takes a lot, and proponents expect, and even demand, that the owners put it to work. They don’t get bonus points for finding out it was more than a weekend for someone.

The show is at its best when it shows what the fifth section is The club is truly like everyone in and around it. Hopefully the rest of the season will spend less time trying to get us to love Reynolds and McEllini more than we already do.

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