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A journey through time and space
on 6 July 2009
Goodbye, Zooniverse. Hello life of yetis, deranged sea hermaphrodites and musical glamour!
And so unsurprisingly, things continue to be utterly strange and deranged in "The Mighty Boosh: Season 2" even when our wacky protagonists have left their old jobs at the zoo. I can't help but miss some of the freakish side-characters of the previous season, but the visual bizarrities, freak-show plots and surrealist details keep things utterly amazing from start to finish.
Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) are living in a flat with Naboo the mystic and the talking ape Bollo, and are apparently trying to launch a music career. Howard does the music, Vince does the costumes.
In the first episode, a soul-killing trip to a mountain cabin is interrupted by the deranged hick Kodiak Jack (who immediately develops a huge crush on Vince). Too bad they're also in danger from a bunch of breeding Yeti, and Howard inadvertently ends up in their hands. Paws. Whatever. And during Vince and Howard's search for a new psychedelic musical sound before the deadline, Naboo tells them a strange story of Rudi and Spider ("Feel the power of my fusion lick!").
Then an age crisis sends Vince and Howard to Naboo's home planet to find the Fountain of Youth, but run afoul of the Hitcher and the Xooberon Tribe. An attempt to impress some goth girls ("Goth Juice, most powerful hairspray known to man... made from the tears of Robert Smith") causes disaster when Vince uses Naboo's "hardcore" black magic book to summon the evillest evil demon Nanatoo, who looks a lot like a little old lady and clones herself... meaning they're faced with Nanageddon!
And after a horrendous gig, Howard accidentally reels in the deranged sea hermaphrodite known as Old Gregg -- and ends up not only Gregg's captive, but the unwilling subject of his amorous intentions. Additionally, Gregg has The Funk... and Howard wants it. And a boat trip to the US goes horribly wrong when the boys end up marooned on a distant tropical island (Vince trimmed the captain's hair), where the boundaries of reality and fantasy start to blur. Fear the coconuts.
"The Mighty Boosh" is your basic average sitcom... on enough acid to fry its colorful little brains and send it flying across the universe on Naboo's magic carpet. This is a universe where the moon regularly says weird and nonsensical things, an extraterrestrial shaman and a talking gorilla live in the next room, and random music references abound (ranging from the Cure to Kings of Leon) -- and these aren't the weirdest things that go on.
As if the plots weren't surreal enough, Barratt and Fielding swathe the entire series in a sort of whimsical weirdness. Lots of strange dialogue ("I've got a strong feeling the Tudour look's gonna come back in while we're away. I don't want to get left behind!"), toilet humor (naturally), bizarre life-forms (Yetis! Coconuts! Old Gregg and his... oh, I can't say it!), weird outfits for Vine (the mirror-ball suit!) and a casual acceptance that anything can and will happen.
Barratt and Fielding are also quite awesome as a sort of surreal Odd Couple -- Barratt is great as a sort of lame-duck aspiring Artiste unaware of his intense uncoolness, while Fielding is deliciously over-the-top as a foppish, androgynous sort who changes his personal style every time it suits him (including renaming himself "Obsidian" to impress a pair of stereotypical goth girls). Michael Fielding also gets a good supporting role as too-mellow-to-not-be-taking-chemicals shaman-alien Naboo, who unfortunately is the smart one here.
"The Mighty Boosh Season 2" will leave you missing the Zooniverse, but it's still a brilliantly bizarre twist on your usual sitcom. Absolutely a must-see, for those who like to see the boundaries stretched, snapped, and doused in paint.