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Sunday, June 14, 2009
"As They Say In Italy - Bovvered, Am I Bovvered?"
Do they? Really??

Cathy T gives Jackie B what for 'cos he didn't mention her on Jonny Ross!

That little 'gem' came out of the gob of one of the contestants on Channel 4's COACH TRIP. Screening just before COME DINE WITH ME (incidentally, if you have you a job, or live outside the UK, then this will purty much mean nothing to you), it's similar in the respect that it's got a painful bunch of reality wannabes, posing as 'normals', trying to get noticed. And I did note them with great interest. Why?

But which one Lillette? Oh, both of them you say...?

Well, the chap who spewed out the title of this post is not unfamiliar to the world of TV having already won £45K on DEAL OR NO DEAL and appeared on half a dozen other quiz and reality shows. Another 'contestant' was a regular audience member on BIG BROTHER'S BIG MOUTH (when Rusty B hosted). So the UK has run out of people to stick on telly so now we're just regurgitating them on other shows. Well, as long as they keep acting like total tools on screen then I s'pose it keeps them off the streets.

She really does put the 'C' in Cotton...

Although not 'out' in the movies, I caught FANBOYS. I won't say how but let's just say no money was exchanged. Thankfully. For those of you who don't know anything about it, I'll elaborate. It's about Star Wars fans trying to see The Phantom Menace before anyone else, by breaking into Skywalker Ranch. The premise is actually the best thing about it and could have been lifted from a BIG BANG THEORY storyline. It's geeky at varying levels and it feels about 10 years out of date. Why people bothering parodying/pastiching/referencing Star Wars is beyond me. By the time ADAM & JOE expertly toyed with the trilogy (take note Robot Chicken) it was already getting a bit tiresome.

Twitter me this Masterchef...

And since then there's been nothing but poorly thought~out mash~ups and gags. Not only has it been done to death, it was done to death long, long ago in decade far, far away (see what I did there?) FANBOYS at least tries something new integrating the lurve for the films into its plot but there are way too many Star Wars quotes needlessly crammed in; and hearing the roar of the Millennium Falcon every time the geeks' van sped up was tedious in the extreme.

What's in here then? A Piranha?

There are some good moments but they are fleeting, namely the cameos from WILLIAM "No Wonder There Was A Captain's Log Every Week - He Wore A Man Girdle (a mirdle?)" SHATNER, CARRIE "Did She Ever Call Paul Al?" FISHER, BILLY "Dee" WILLIAMS and RAY "See, I am A Geek 'Cos Not Only Do I Know This Guy's Name & Who He Is But I Also Know What He Looks Like" PARK - though he ruined it by using the phrase, "They're gonna get mauled." Gah~roan! Real fans KNOW who he is, you don't need to pun us over the head with it. A missed opportunity really. Nice enough characters (for a sitcom), some big(ish) names but low on larfs. Anyway, any REAL fan knows that the most Star Wars hilarity can be found in the HOLIDAY SPECIAL...

Sh*t Badges: Check. Open Fly: Check. Sh*t Shoes: Check. It's JR!


'Til the next time,
C.

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posted by Cameron McEwan at 5:18 pm -
2 Comments:
  • At 8:33 pm, Anonymous Anna said…

    oh how I hate the idiot american and british reality shows and series..brrr because hungarian channels always buy their licence. we had BBs, weakest link, deal or no deal, come dine with me and all the other stuff. I don't feel we're more 'civilized' by them, here, in the far, far away middle-europe:):)
    (and of course I don't have to say that the good programs,- like the one, in which a certain Doctor is involved,- are either not on or they repeat the 1st season 10times)

    Anyway, why See Threepio?:)
    (after your review I definitely won't watch that 'special')

     
  • At 9:50 am, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    TV is becoming like cities - indistinct.

    Funnily enough, Doctor Who (Series 1-4) gets repeated quite regularly on various channels here in the UK so we're spoiled in that respect.

    I thoroughly recommend The Star Wars Holiday Special though do NOT pay money for it. I think you can track it online somewhere...

     
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