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The Office - The Complete Second Series [2001] [DVD]
The Office - The Complete Second Series [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ricky Gervais
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest British sitcoms of all time, 7 Jan 2004
It’s business as usual in the second instalment of this mock-documentary about a Slough paper merchants: boss David Brent (Gervais) is as crass and self-righteous as ever, only this time he has a merger and a new boss to contend with; Tim’s (Freeman) lovelorn glances towards Dawn (Davies) are diverted by his new girlfriend, Rachel; Gareth (Crooks) has still been reading too many Andy McNabb books for his own good, and Keith is… well, just Keith.
Although co-writer Ricky Gervais was quoted as saying the show’s popularity hinges on the ‘will-they won’t-they’ relationship between Dawn and Tim (they finally get to kiss in this series, albeit as part of ‘kisses-for-a-quid’) it is Gervais himself that steals the show. This is car-crash television at its best: almost unbearable to watch and yet morbidly compulsive, no more so than when Brent attempts to upstage his new boss Neil’s dance on Red Nose day with a spontaneous routine of his own (“I fuse Flashdance with MC Hammer s**t”) which is sublime in it’s awfulness. This is just one of many cringe-worthy moments: another highlight being a scene where Brent unsuccessfully tries to entice a crowd to join in with his ‘laughter therapy’ during a motivational lecture.
Watching Brent is like watching a performance of Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’: in the same way that Winnie’s cheery routine renders herself oblivious to the sand gradually engulfing her, Brent blinkers himself from the anodyne office existence with crude jokes, cod-philosophy and his imagined destiny as a ‘guru-cum-entertainer’. It’s a mask he wears until the cliff-hanger of the final episode, when we finally see Brent as the feeble man he really is.


The Soft Bulletin
The Soft Bulletin
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album that'll take your mind to another dimension, 13 Mar 2001
This review is from: The Soft Bulletin (Audio CD)
As a witness to their 2000 Glastonbury performance - complete with fake blood, hand puppets and video projections of the Teletubbies - I can pay testimony to how great the Flaming Lips are. But unlike many choreographed boy-band facsimiles, their live performance doesn't belie poor music. In fact, The Soft Bulletin is a psychedelic marvel, blending together the best bits of Captain Beefheart and the Beach Boys. It's an album that works on its own internal logic, as demonstrated on the epic opener Race For The Prize, which places two scientists' raison d'etres' as "theirs is to win, if it kills them". Other highlights include the tender Waitin' For A Superman, What Is The Light?, and the cosmic A Spoonful Weighs A Ton, a song only improved upon when heard in sync with Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, La-La and Po. Lead singer Wayne Coyne isn't the greatest vocalist in the world, but his high-pitched warble somehow works, just as the use of theramin and dinner gongs work in their live shows. Buy this album now: it'll take your mind to another dimension.


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