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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
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    Not sure how many of you are aware of or care about this show, but seeing as this is one of the best places on the web to get opinions from people who have actual working brains, I figure I might as well ask.

    What did you make of the third series of The Mighty Boosh?

    I have to say I was disappointed. Although there were some redeeming episodes and moments ('The Power of The Crimp' and 'The Strange Tale Of The Crack Fox' in particular), overall I came away with the feeling that this show was a product of writers who had run out of ideas. The gag density seemed far lower than usual, there was too great a reliance on 'fan favourite' characters like The Moon and The Council of Shamans, and the once well executed Howard/Vince dynamic seemed forced, misfiring as often as it hit.

    I appreciate that this may sound like the ravings of some kind of obsessive fanboy, but I believe that comedy matters, and it's a shame to find myself wishing that this once great show won't be returning for a 4th series. So if anybody even cares, please let me know I'm alone in finding series 3 a big disappointment.
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    I agree with everything you said. So you are not alone.

    But the most depressing thing is it was still probably the best comedy series of the year that I saw.
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    What about Flight of the Conchords? Highly amusing... although normally joke-songs are generally only worth one-shot they work in the context of the show they work very well. Try it. This track is particularly amusing.
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    Let your preferred deity love Flight of the Conchords.
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
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    Damn. I didn't know there was a third season. The second season didn't quite live up to the promise of the first, so I suppose it isn't a complete surprise.

    I'll back up the Flight of the Conchords recommendation.
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    The middle section of the "Eels" episode -- that entire sequence in the shop with Howard Moon and the Cockney Hitcher -- was brilliance on the scale of the best LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN work. The end section was so fucking cringingly maddeningly ear-wreckingly retardedly horrible that I decided there and then that I did not need to see any more episodes.

    Eels - start 12 minutes in, turn it off after the green guy leaves the shop.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
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    Ah, so it's not just me then.

    @Screaming Meat, House of Mystery and williac - I'm totally with you on the Conchords reccomendation. Murray Hewwit is probably one of the finest comedy creations of recent years.

    @warrenellis - agreed. The 'dancing with elsie' scene was the saving grace of that episode. Deliciously twisted, and visually interesting to boot. While I didn't find the closing song too bad, it certainly seemed like a harbinger of shitness to come.
    • CommentAuthorgrnr
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
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    as soon as i saw noel fielding brandishing a coy of the nme i knew something was up. have actually watched 4 episodes of this series out of sheer boredom, and it's pretty much a chuckle-free zone. recycled characters (hitcher, spirit of jazz, those shaman guys, etc), far too many pop cultural references given that imho the 'parallel universe' feel of the first series was one of the great things about the show. the second series was disappointing too, although the last two episodes (old greg and the desert island one) are among my favourites.

    so yes, shark jumped.
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
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    To be honest, I ran out of patience with the Mighty Boosh at the beginning of Series 2.

    I heard it on the radio, watched it on the telly, and got bored of it just before it became stupidly popular.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
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    far too many pop cultural references given that imho the 'parallel universe' feel of the first series


    Yeah, this was definately a part of the problem. I don't have a problem with references per se, but to me it seemed uncertain whether they were affectionaly taking the piss out of the trendy 'people with haircuts, ipods and skinny fit jeans' culture of modern Britain or just pandering to it for the sake of being 'down wit da kids'. Either way, one of a series of missteps.
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    I thought that it was pretty inferior to what came before simply because throughout the entire third season Vince was this malicious fucking prick who seemed actively out to ruin Howard's life as opposed to being a sort of lackadaisical airhead like before. I do find the Council of Shamans funny but not funny enough to have them in three episodes. I still found it all pretty funny but yeah, it was all kind of disappointing.

    "I'm Sammy the Crab, Sammy the Crab, Sammy the Crab..."
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    Ah, I'm glad I'm not the only who disliked the majority of this series.

    I did like the Eels episode and the inner space one. The crack fox was good, but a good character in a poorly constructed episode, and I enjoyed the Howard acting sequences and Sammy the crab. But overall it all felt very forced. Vince became massively annoying, seemingly now serving as a conduit for Noel Fielding to gain cool points. Badly repeated characters. Mining of jokes from the second series. And no umpf.

    The lighting and back projection stuff was nice though.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2007
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    Vince was this malicious fucking prick who seemed actively out to ruin Howard's life as opposed to being a sort of lackadaisical airhead like before.


    Vince became massively annoying, seemingly now serving as a conduit for Noel Fielding to gain cool points.


    Yeah. Well, if this is a case of art imitating life, and rumours are to be believed, it might be because Noel Fielding's developed a rather nasty coke habit. Or, maybe not. This was told to me by a friend who has a friend who apparently knows the guy. In a pub.
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    I find the humour of the whole thing patchy at best, so I've never been compelled to even start the 3rd series. Watching it mostly just makes me grin because I feel like I should be laughing. That being said I nearly pissed myself watching Tundra in the first series. Lesbian Ham.
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    Season 1 was great

    2 was not bad

    The live show was great fun

    But i just cant get into the new season. Its ok...but just ok
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      CommentAuthorMalsain
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2007
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    Totally.
    Been watching the episodes on the BBCThree site because it clashed with other things on Thursdays. That said, I kept watching because I enjoy Boosh. I did not, however, like it enough to actually bother turning up at the same time every week, hurrah for web previews, and certainly not for season three. There were maybe a handful of genuine laughing out loud moments spread across the whole series, which is a terribly poor ratio.
    I think I agree with most of the posts on here, so wont rehash too much, but aside from just not really being very funny, the songs were not as catchy or awesome, and Vince is just absolutely horrible.
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    I'm hoping they get something better sorted out for the live shows at the end of next year. In my infinite optimism I actually bought tickets to see them in Nottingham.
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    The weird thing is - I saw some of the first series and couldn't stand it.

    ...but have vaguely enjoyed the 3rd series.

    Even 'The Shaman' video at the end of the first episode.

    Goes to show that this humour thing is relative.
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    Personally I found series 2 the best by a long way. I'd say I vaguely enjoyed the third series too, but only 'vaguely' rather than 'emphatically', which is how I had enjoyed the two previous series and the live DVD.

    I think they need a couple of years space to do other projects so they can come back to the boosh in say late 2009/2010 with some fresh ideas.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
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    I think they need a couple of years space to do other projects so they can come back to the boosh in say late 2009/2010 with some fresh ideas.


    Sounds like a fine idea to me. It's not like they haven't been funny in other projects they've been in. Julian Barratt's bit part as Padre in Darkplace was sheer genius. I'd also like to see him in some straighter roles, 'cause I think he's got the chops for it. So much so, in fact, that he'd be my number one choice to replace David Tennant on Doctor Who.