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Undeniable, and yet underachieving,
This review is from: Black Books - The Complete Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
I watch Black Books and really want to love it. In fairness it's not that hard, there are some excellent gags with terrific ideas and randomness that makes the characters ever lovable, but when watching the episodes as a whole they often feel disjointed and lack a certain flow of plot that its main comparisons (Blackadder) thrived on.
The Box Set contains series 1, 2, and 3. There are a few extras but arn't really worth concerning yourself with. It is clear, after watching every episode, that Graham Lineham is the main force behind a continued plot from which humor is strung. Addmittedly in the first episode it fells very much like a pilot or a pilot hybrid; a little jerky and a little likes it trying just that bit too hard to stay on its feet. But after this episode, the first series takes off; with hilareous moments and terrific ideas hitting you like an avalanche of books.
Unfortunatly, as far as I am aware, Graham Lineham had little or not input into the latter two series'. Certainly it becomes clear that the flow has been lost, and episodes tend to be a loose string of gags around a rough and often unutilised plot. Some of the episodes (imparticular ones written soley by Dylan Moran) seemed almost boring.
Of course this isn't a gosbal statement. I'm saying the latter two series are not funny (Blood from series two has some excellent character moments, while the first two episode of series three are two of the best) or that the comedy as a whole is bad, in fact it's good (three stars), I just feel that the often jerky episodes and annoying character actions (in particluar Fran - played by Tamsin Greig - gets to be a royal pain in the arse) let it down, and don't make the Comedy quite as great as many people want it to be (and I can understand that; hello, it's got Dylan Morn AND Bill Baily in it!).
But it, it's good, but only buy it if it's less than twenty pound; I honestly can't warrent spending more.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2008 19:00:18 BDT
Ms. Virginia M. King says:
I had to stop reading this because it is badly spelled and ungrammatical. What a shame. They might have had something interesting to say.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2008 18:42:56 BDT
Ben Whitehead says:
Christ, it doesn't suprise me you're not married. Have you really got nothing better or productive to do with your time than post arrogant remarks against someone who is as highly dyslexic as me. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. p.s. Arrogance: Marked by or arising from a feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others: an arrogant contempt for the weak. Silly woman.
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Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2009 13:01:37 GMT
Dominic Hardy says:
Ms. King...You Pedantic arse!
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 11:57:49 BDT
Joseph G. Black says:
It is alright, but it is not Blackadder, is it? come on!
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