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A Weak Start Building to Decent TV,
This review is from: Trollied - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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Trollied is a sitcom, originally aired on Sky1, which follows the day to day working of fictional supermarket Valco. The show focuses mainly on its characters, leading to a unique but confused identity. Shot in a documentary style, and without a laughter track, Trollied does at times seem a little lost from its prime focus: humour. Don't get me wrong, there are funny moments, and some great lines both in terms of content and delivery, but there are also moments that could have been lifted from a cheap documentary.
Before focusing on the content of the DVD, I feel a few comments on its formatting are in order. The eight episodes are stretched out over two discs, and there is a fair bit of extra content available too. Outtakes, video diaries and interviews abound on the extras, and they are genuinely interesting to watch after having seen the show. They don't feel like they've been tacked on to justify a DVD release, which is nice to see in a comedy DVD. The menus themselves are poorly designed for a laptop screen, as clicking where you logically would won't work, you have to instead find a trigger point, usually a few centimetres to the left of the word. This problem is noteworthy, but not a major criticism, and does not present in DVD players. And of course content, once you manage to access it, is much more important:
Upon watching the first episode, I was incredibly disappointed. I hadn't found much of anything funny, found some of the characters grating and others one-dimensional. Some of the jokes had already worn old, and I wasn't looking forward to watching subsequent episodes at all. However, progressing through the episodes, the characters become well developed (better than in almost any other sitcom's first series) and as the viewer gets to know them they seem funnier. Such was the pronounced effect that I was tempted to rewatch the first episode to see if this familiarity had a significant impact upon my enjoyment. My suspicion is that it will, although I haven't tried this.
This lack of action probably indicates the biggest flaw in the series - even the best episodes are just good. Nothing is great or outstanding. Trollied is a good diversion to pass the time, and I would never recommend someone avoid it. But there are numerous better sitcoms out there that produce much better laugh out loud moments and with much more frequency. If you've tired of 'canned' laughter (or that from a studio audience) and want to see true character development with some genuinely involving moments then give this a go, but if you're looking for a great comedy there are many, many alternatives for the same price available.