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I only wish there had been more episodes...,
This review is from: Rik Mayall Presents: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
I remember this series being fairly well hyped when it was originally broadcast, so I knew that the background to it was a series of standalone plays, of the darkly comic nature, featuring Rik Mayall and various established or up-and-coming actors.
However, the only episode I actually saw at the time of transmission was Clair de Lune and it was only because of a sudden and inexplicable itch to see it again 15 years later that I bought this collection.
And am I glad that I did! Although Clair de Lune still remains my favourite, I soon discovered there are some real gems in here and they really showcase Mayall's range. At the other end of the spectrum from Clair de Lune (both literally and figuratively) the first episode, Micky Love, is the least of my favourites; it was all a little too contrived for my liking, without being particularly bad as such. However, Briefest Encounter was superb and although you do have to be prepared to accept a bit of gratuitous violence, there are some deeply funny moments and I suspect it'll improve with time.
Series One ends with Dancing Queen - it was the most hyped of all the original broadcasts, and perhaps why I was expecting rather more out of it than I got - but it took a little longer for me to get involved with this one, although two-thirds of the way through I think I finally 'got' it and suspect it's one of those rarities that will improve enormously upon repeated viewings.
Series Two was pretty much faultless and there is not a bad episode; The Big One, Dirty Old Town and, my favourite of the lot of course, Clair de Lune, are all brilliant and left me wishing for more. Maybe it's just me, I also felt that both series captured the 1990s in a way I'm not sure I can explain - perhaps this was down to the direction and photography, but they all created a bit of an atmosphere that had me wanting to go back to my college days.