Cover of Miracle Workers 3: Oregon Trail. Daniel Radcliffe dressed as an old timey minister and Steve Buscemi as an outlaw


Title: Miracle Workers (Season #3: Oregon Trail)
Released: 2021

Fix: Historical Fiction
Platforms: Amazon Prime

Amazon Summary:

Set in the year 1844, “Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail” follows an idealistic small-town preacher (Radcliffe) who teams up with a wanted outlaw (Buscemi) and an adventurous prairie wife (Viswanathan) to lead a wagon train west on the Oregon Trail across an American landscape which, much like today, is fraught with both promise and peril.

FYA Summary:

Our adorable cast is back for a third season, this time bringing their bizarre humor to the old West (sorry, the Amazon summary was kind of spot on).

Familiar Faces:

Daniel Radcliffe in Miracle Workers, Oregon Trail. Radcliffe dressed in clerical garb stands in front of a wagon

Daniel Radcliffe as Rev. Ezekiel Brown

For the third straight season, Radcliffe plays a naive, idealistic man, hopelessly in love with Viswanathan’s character. When his small town’s crops fail, he suggests they set off for the promised land: Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, no one has the slightest idea about how to survive on the trail. Some of the funniest scenes in the series come from Ezekiel being hit in the face (sometimes literally) with the rough side of life in the wilderness.

Geraldine Viswanathan in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail. Viswanathan, in an old timey dress, stands in a saloon

Geraldine Viswanathan as Prudence Aberdeen

An 1844 feminist, she’s trapped in a marriage to a rich moron. Perhaps she can find the adventure she desperately craves in Oregon…and maybe deal with these feelings she has for her best friend, Ezekiel.

Steve Buscemi in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail. Buscemi dressed as a cowboy stands in front of a mountain.

Steve Buscemi as Benny the Teen

A down-on-his-heels outlaw, Benny volunteers to lead the wagon train to escape justice. This scandalizes Ezekiel, who grows to depend on the unrepentant sinner.

Karan Soni in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail. Soni, dressed as a cowboy, brandishes multiple guns

Karan Soni as The Gunslinger

A mysterious bounty hunter, he’s hot on the trail of Benny, determined to bring him back…or at least his corpse. Almost ridiculously effeminate, he’s also a cold-blooded, dead-eye assassin.

Jon Bass in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail. Bass stands in a salloon in old fashioned underwear.

Jon Bass as Todd Aberdeen

Prudence’s ridiculously pompous husband, unaware of…well, basically anything that’s going on around him.

Quita Brunson in Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail. She's dressed as a gunslinger

Quinta Brunson as Trig

Benny’s adopted daughter, she’s following in her father’s footsteps as an outlaw. However, she’s fed up with trying to live in Benny’s shadow, while Benny constantly tries to micromanage her robberies.

Couch Sharing Capability: Pancho and Lefty

Yeah, I know, wrong era

The great thing about this cast is that they absolutely do not take themselves seriously. Radcliffe does a drag act after his character gets drunk on snake oil. Todd has a variety of embarrassing digestive issues (remember the video game?) Trapped in a storm, the party rather enthusiastically resorts to cannibalism. When their raft across the river is overweight (again, the video game), Benny hosts a game show to decide who will be left behind.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Home Brew

Don’t get too wasted. Like the previous season, there are a lot of subtle digs at modern society. Prudence falls in with some laid back travelers (#wagonlife). Benny and the Gunslinger commiserate over how gentrified the old frontier towns have become. Trig’s teenage rebellion causes Oregon City to burn. This is one of the few comedies that lands almost every joke.

Use of Your Streaming Service: Stay Tuned

The show has been renewed for a fourth season, and I’m anxiously awaiting to find out where this one will take place. Very much worth the watch.

Brian wrote his first YA novel when he was down and out in Mexico. He now lives in Missouri with his wonderful wife and daughter. He divides his time between writing and working as a school librarian. Brian still misses the preachy YA books of the eighties.