Posted on September 24, 2008 | |
In the US: Mondays, 9.30pm ET/PT, CBS
What's the lowest form of wit or comedy? Some say sarcasm, but clearly they haven't read anything by Charlie Brooker. Maybe it's any studio-based comedy about 'friends' or work colleagues where the dialogue consists solely of people making increasingly unpleasant remarks about each other in an attempt to get a laugh. That's pretty low down the list, I would have thought.
But, no, the answer is obvious. Farce is the lowest form of comedy. It consists entirely of utterly implausible situations and ridiculous coincidences and elicits laughs purely through embarrassment.
And Brits are to blame for it. It's our fault. Can I just say sorry to the rest of the world for that?
If we'd kept it to ourselves, maybe we wouldn't have so much to answer for. But now we're exporting it to the world. The Worst Week of My Life was a pretty dreadful BBC1 farce starring the normally talented Ben Miller and Sarah Alexander. The Beeb/Hat Trick sold the format to Germany - twice - and now CBS in the US has remade it as Worst Week.
And it's absolutely dreadful. Should I apologise for that, too?
Continue reading "Review: Worst Week 1x1"
Posted on September 23, 2008 | |
In the US: Mondays, 9pm, NBC
In the UK: Mondays, 9pm, BBC2. Starts October 1st
Heroes was the show everyone loved during its first season. The one real breakout hit of that year's new entries, it was an ensemble Unbreakable for the small screen: ordinary people suddenly find they have superpowers and have to work out what to do with them.
Then came its second season and then it wasn't quite as loved as it was before. Apart from its crimes against Ireland and the disappointingly unsuper finale to the first season, the second season just plodded along like it was Lost or something. Bah. Where were the superfights and the superpowers? Why did we have to deal with all these rubbish new heroes when the old ones didn't have enough screen time as it was?
Fortunately, along came the writers' strike in the US and curtailed the second season, forcing it to speed up and giving the writers more time to think of a decent third season.
So now, it's back, finally, after a hell of a wait. The writers have regrouped. Have they managed to fix their mistakes and return Heroes to the glory of the first season?
And more importantly, since it's the only really important question in the whole of this introduction and perhaps even the world, is there any point to life any more or is Ali Larter definitely still in the cast list?
Continue reading "Review: Heroes 3x1-3x2"
Posted on September 23, 2008 | |
In the US: Mondays, 10pm ET/PT, CBS
In the UK: Five, Five US, Living, Living+1, blah, blah, blah... Soon and then forever
Yes, it's back again, even though it never seemed to have gone away. It's CSI: Miami, the world's favourite source of mind-blowingly stupid storylines, science-fiction masquerading as police procedures, and acting that needs a whole new thesaurus full of synonyms for 'atrocious' for it to be adequately described - and it's back on our screens, ready to make us all go 'WTF?' again.
Aren't you glad? It's just so much fun, isn't it?
Continue reading "Review: CSI: Miami 7x1"
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