One official, one a tad more unofficial, both a touch more informative than the last one.
Some of the best articles on the blog. Typically, these have a picture. It's a low entrance requirement, I know.
Posted on August 28, 2007 | Post a comment |
Posted on August 27, 2007 | Post a comment |
Well, if you made it through to the final episode, you'll probably have been a little frustrated, but will no doubt have spotted the continuing parallels with The Prisoner. At the end of that 60s classic, after a series in which Number 6 had tried to work out where the village was using stellar navigation and other means after a couple of boat trips home, it's finally revealed he's in Britain at the end of an A-road.
Similarly, at the end of Meadowlands, it's finally revealed that the eponymous village of that show is in fact in the middle of a desert. That would be the only desert with a small enclave that has the exact same weather conditions and solar strength as Kent, then.
John From Cincinnati (not Cincinatti, people!)
For true weirdness though, you had to watch John From Cincinnati. I'm sure that people are going to be discussing it for ages, and with every line of dialogue amenable to being stamped on a T-shirt, it'll probably grow as a cult over time. The ending, of course, explained little, but did explain a few things. Quite who John is remains somewhat inconclusive, although with his various speeches about his father and his father's father and heeding his father's words, I'm veering towards John being the son of Jesus, sent here to warn us of impending doom. Anyone got any better theories?
Sorry. Forgot this one the first time round. Was that Richard Schiff (Toby from The West Wing) I heard on the phone a couple of episodes ago as the guy who put the burn notice on our hero? If it was, he's going to the villain of note this season, I suspect. Also, good use of Arye Gross as an assassin last week.
Posted on August 26, 2007 | Post a comment |
In the UK: Fridays, C4, 9.30pm. Repeated on C4+1 an hour later. Obviously.
In the US: Being remade by NBC as we speak.
Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: 1 (next episode)
Major new characters: 1 (next episode)
Format change percentage: 0%
When you think about it, a big chunk of classic – and not so classic – British sitcoms are set in an office of sorts. For example, On the Buses, Are You Being Served, even Dad's Army are all work-based sitcoms. However, The Office, for obvious reasons and not just its name, has occluded these in most people's minds and prevented any subsequent office-based sitcoms from emerging (the reverse is true in the US). Indeed, The Office has started a whole number of trends, including a veering towards cringe-comedy rather than joke-based comedy.
However, it's fitting that The IT Crowd has been trying its best to buck that trend, since it has The Office's producer Ash Atalla at the helm. The IT Crowd is sort of the flipside of The Office. It's traditionally filmed, with traditional characters, traditional jokes and traditional plots.
It's also funny. At least, I think so.