Third-episode verdict: InSecurity

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 4

In Canada: Tuesdays, 8.30pm ET, CBC

As we may recall, the first episode of InSecurity, CBC’s spy comedy, was dreadful – a lame, unfunny half-of-hour of bad acting and obvious jokes that everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of.

I’m pleased to say that although it’s not tremendously better, it has, at least, managed to raise a few laughs over the next couple of episodes. While it’s still operating at a base level of obvious, stupid and, again, poorly acted, there’s been a sight uptick in the writing, largely thanks to good old Canadian self-mockery, but with some actual characterisation going on as well.

Episode two has been the best of the crop so far, with the idea that Canada secretly has the most powerful armed forces in the world raising especial laughs, but episode three’s inept right-wing ex-prep school terrorists who can’t even bomb the National Arts Council of Canada properly managed to raise a giggle or two.

It’s clear that it’s always going to be both very hit or miss and stupid, but it does now have a few redeeming qualities and can occasionally make you laugh. It’s still not very good and if you have anything better to do, go and do that instead.

Carusometer rating: 4
Rob’s prediction: Dead by season’s end

  • Jen

    [Rob, I solemnly swear I’m not a German conspiracy theorist, but…] …sadly I am a Canadian and must agree with your heartfelt assessment of Canadian comedies. Much sadder though is the sad, sad, sad, sad fact that our networks sink so much into these things that they go on and on, year after sad, sad year.
    What I wanna know is: we only have, like, 1 1/2 networks here, and we produce some good TV, some crud, and some really awesome stuff (every now and then). Is it true that other countries do the same, and Canadians just think that, for example, all Brit TV is great because you only export the cream? Or does jolly old them produce a large crop of stinkers too? I have this horrible inferiority complex believing that something is truly rotten in the heart of Canadian development land.

  • It’s true that Britain and America both produce some really good television and they also produce an incredible amount of rubbish, most of which the rest of the world never sees. I think it’s just that Britain and the US produce more TV than Canada that even with the same average success rate, by lopping off the bottom amount of rubbish, it just looks like they’re producing higher quality TV.
    There are some truly dreadful British reality shows, very few funny British comedies and virtually every attempt we make at action drama is laughable. But we do talky very well.

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