Beavis and Butt-Head brand new episodes started airing recently. Back in the 90s when the show was first launched, the couple was criticizing with semiotics rigor the musical videos of the moment. The last season of Beavis and Butt-Head, season 7, aired 14 years ago.
Mike Judge built his 2011 Beavis and Butt-Head season premiere on an arch between two topics “Werewolves of Highland” and “Crying”. The first episode of season 8 aired on Thursday night. The plot consisted on both short and more elaborated discussions and shifted from picking on music videos to mocking reality TV shows.
First stop on their agenda were the Twilight movies, particularly Twilight: Eclipse. The two got it to their heads that the best way to get some hot girls would be by being bitten by a werewolf. To their dismay the only person resembling the creature they could actually find was a very ill street person who agreed to bite them repeatedly. It remains to be seen if hot girls go for bruised guys with several types of hepatitis.
During another scene, the show presents the couple lashing on each other for behavior unbecoming a true man. Namely Butt-Head teases Beavis about crying for emotional reasons, when in fact the tears were a mere result of biting on a row piece an onion. The teasing goes on for years concluding in a scene which depicts two old Beavis and Butt-Head still going at the same topic. Judge included this fragment as a reminder of the true nature of the show and its characters, the couple tight grasp on masculinity.
In the new approach to Beavis and Butt-Head, Judge manages to set apart the couple from other somewhat similar shows by giving them the power of self-awareness. They are aware of their status, the waste of time spending all your day watching TV shows is and how futile coming up with silly scheme becomes in time. Judge makes Beavis and Butt-Head hurt, physically and emotionally, as they aren’t capable of self-irony and as such become part of their own humiliation.