- Title: Son of Zorn – Return to Orange County
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The opening episode of the new series introduces us Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, who leaves the animated Pacific island to return to California for his son Alan’s (Johnny Pemberton) seventeenth birthday. Zorn immeadiately stands out, not because he’s animated in a live-action world, but because of his warrior nature and complete disregard for, well, everything. Unable to connect with his son, Zorn decides to stay in town a while longer, get a desk job, and try to fit in.
One of the more unique network shows in recent memory, Son of Zorn is actually a hell of a lot of fun. Sudeikis is great as the He-Man style warrior completely out of place in Orange County. His attempts to bond with his son range from embarrassing to murderous (that poor bird!). Cheryl Hines and Tim Meadows star as Alan’s mother and step-father-to-be, while Ellen Wong has a memorable cameo as neighbor horrified by Zorn’s behavior (on multiple occasions). I’m curious to see whether the concept can hold up for an entire season, but for at least episode Zorn has won me over.