Got this as a surprise Christmas gift from my friend, after previously buying the first series of 'An Idiot Abroad' for her Birthday a couple of years ago.|
... first things first, given that I read all six pages of this thread, I was absolutely FURIOUS that the first three pages was solely full of 'this show is crap' kind of posts. I genuinely thought you were all a bunch of unfunny, unkind and unmoved heartless cunts.
I know this place has its fair share of grumpy wankers that love to be a grumpy wanker at most given opportunities, but after reading those first three pages, I just thought,'it is not even worth going through the effort of reading the last few pages'.
Well, I am glad I did because not only did I realise that you blooming lot were talking about the pilot, but the show itself is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!
Easily the best thing Gervais has done since The Office.
There was at least one genuine belly laugh every episode, mainly from Karl Pilkingtons' character and when things got all drama-ery, heartfelt and serious, it really worked ... I had a lump in my throat a few times as well.
Not afraid to admit I cried like a baby on the last episode too. I agree with Deckard that Kev was the odd-one-out and didn't always work given the situation(s), but his little Derek speech at the end was very real and emotional.
Almost made up for his schlock'ing mannerisms that brought the tone down a little bit sometimes.
Pleased as punch to see a new series is in the works, and for those of you who were not particularly kind towards the pilot episode, I thoroughly urge you watch the 'proper' show because it is, like I already said above, absolutely brilliant.
Not a bad way to begin my year with this short but very sweet television series.