Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire - In The Press
The BBC has retracted claims by senior staff that it has axed Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire because of funding issues.
Written by Katherine Rushton. Broadcast, 24th August 2009
The BBC has confirmed it will not order a second series of "swords and sandals" comedy Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire after its funding partner pulled out.
Written by Katherine Rushton. Broadcast, 21st August 2009
Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire had as its "situation" a band of medieval outlaws, led by Krod, battling against an evil regime, represented by provincial governor Dongalor. Krod, a handsome, muscled hero, played by Sean Maguire in apparently the same mould as Sean Bean's Boromir in Lord of the Rings, is nevertheless a self-doubting, politically correct idiot; Dongalor, played by Little Britain's Matt Lucas, is a ludicrously sadistic narcissist with a Noel Coward drawing-room accent. The comedy is meant to come from the collision of the style of medieval heroics with sophisticated, amoral urbanity. You could see the clash - too clearly - but it sparked no wit
For fans of action comedy Krod Mandoon, and those of you that missed the red button, here is an exclusive behind the scenes interview with Matt Lucas and Sean Maguire. It's not your normal behind the scenes stuff either as they cover the spectrum from, over friendly masseurs to Nazi rallies in Budapest and the pleasures of wearing a hairy cod piece.
BBC Comedy Blog, 7th July 2009
I'm not entirely sure when a part of my soul died last night. Maybe it was when Matt Lucas was being painted topless? Or when Krod and his gang were turned into dogs and we endured scenes that made Look Who's Talking Now look like Annie Hall?
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 7th July 2009
Okay, Krod Mandoon is bad. If it wasn't a mercifully short run, and the vanguard of BBC2's Thursday night comedy, I would have stopped watching weeks ago. But, I'm still here, trying to find humour in what amounts to a decently-budgeted spoof full of childish gags and immature sex-comedy...
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 3rd July 2009
The madcap sword and sorcery spoof - a blend of adolescent ribaldry and Pythonesque silliness - continues as Krod (Sean Maguire) is dispatched by the Elite Resistance Council on another hapless quest. Meanwhile Dongalor (Matt Lucas) scours the land to find the last ingredient he needs to make his super-weapon operational: the tears of a pagan woman.
I can feel my interest slipping in this flimsy fantasy spoof, despite the best efforts from some of the cast.
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 26th June 2009
Poor old Krod (Sean Maguire) is trying to organise a guerilla attack while his gang stand around bitching about what clothes are appropriate for a dress-down Friday ambush. "Guys, guys, GUYS!" he shouts. "We're here to intercept the imperial payroll shipment, OK? So forgive me if I'm all business, but I'm not really in the mood to play fashion police!" But at least their next venture - stealing a priceless gem from the purple cave of a lonely, bisexual cyclops - is more successful. The only downside is that Krod's girlfriend, the promiscuous pagan warrior queen who refuses to wear underwear (India de Beaufort), takes a shine to one Ralph Longshaft. Four episodes in, and it remains as quick-witted, imaginative, funny - and refreshingly silly - as ever.
Oh. The double-bill opening was mild fun and there were flashes of promise, but this third episode was terrible. So bad that it barely warrants me putting much effort into reviewing it.
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 19th June 2009
The problem is that if you tune in at 9.00pm for the godawful Krod, you won't get to see them because by 9.30pm you'll have fled the room, weeping over the demise of popular culture.
It is, quite simply, rubbish. I could go on: crass, juvenile, ill-judged, piss-poorly written, annoying. What was Michael Gambon thinking when he agreed to narrate? Matt Lucas does make a valiant, singlehanded attempt to rescue it, with a spirited performance as the evil Chancellor Dongalor. I did quite enjoy him emptying his chamberpot over Sean Maguire. Golden Powers, the title of this episode, turn to golden showers. But poor Matt is up against too much. The best thing about this second episode is that it was only half as long as last week's opener.
Another episode filled with silliness. Kröd and Aneka fake their own deaths and their bodies are delivered to the magnificent Matt Lucas's Dongalor, who checks for signs of life by sticking his face in Aneka's cleavage. Kröd wishes he could do the same but Aneka has dumped him and a rival hunk looks like wrecking his dreams of a reunion.
Bizarre, medieval fantasy-comedy Krod Mandoon is starting to find its feet. Matt Lucas is in fine fettle this week as the evil Dongalour, trying to outsmart Krod (Sean Maguire) and his hapless band of freedom fighters. "We must find out who the director of communications is and have him slain," says Lucas after a very West-Wing-like press conference. Some of the slapstick is a little too slapdash, but it'll probably become a cult hit so you may as well get into it now.
What is the point in parodying the sword and sorcery genre when it is already mired in absurdity? Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire never comes close to answering the question.
Krod Mandoon is a spoof, a difficult thing to pull off because the humour is limited to the range of the drama it's sending up. Mandoon is a Dungeons & Dragons fantasy, a bit Robin Hood, a bit Lord of the Rings, a bit Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess. What it most resembles is a cartoon-like Shrek. It has a good cast and a remarkably generous set and costume budget. It all looks as if it has been performed in some tax-deductible bit of eastern Europe. Everyone turns in a perfectly fine performance, though Kröd himself has the hardest time, being both a hunk and an idiot. Playing a fool isn't the same as being a fool. Then there's Roger Allam, who seems to be going for the TV record for inappropriate casting. At any moment, I expect him to turn up in Hollyoaks.
I came to Krod Mandoon (BBC2) cold, as it were, which is probably the best way to come... Oh, grow up! But don't bother doing so before you watch Krod, which is a sitcom of inordinate silliness aimed at sofa-bound bonding pairs of, I assume, teenage boys who have outgrown Little Britain and their dads who loved Red Dwarf.
At the very opposite end of the comedy scale was Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a fantasy satire starring Matt Lucas. Anyone who had seen the title would have calculated the chances of it not being bad as pitifully low.
There was more time-travelling drag in Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a sword and sorcery comedy that doesn't quite know what speed to be set at. It's funny, then not, funny, then not, like a car stuttering into life, then packing up. The shtick is that Matt Lucas plays a bad Sheriff of Nottingham type in the Middle Ages, Sean Maguire the hero out to ruin his despot-ery, aided by a gang of outlaws all with modern-seeming foibles.
Overall, for all its faults, Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire was too deliberately silly to hate, and this double-bill opening slipped by rather pleasantly. I don't expect it to transform into a hilarious, incisive spoof of a genre that's nigh impossible to send-up in a fresh way, but hopefully it will at least be cheeky, fun, daft and entertaining.
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 12th June 2009
There are some things you really shouldn't laugh at, like Matt Lucas sporting an enormous pubic wig and querying 'can I pull this off?' or jokes that depend on punning the name Horst Draper ('are you fit to mount a steed?'). But there was something so cheerily daft about Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire that my sides were split.
Keith Watson, Metro, 12th June 2009
It's astonishing how bad this show was. I mean, so absent were the laughs that I would have had more fun digging up corpses at the local cemetary and trying to suck the stinking marrow out of the bones. It's a show that's got less punch than a boneless pacifist.
Written by mofgimmers. TV Scoop, 12th June 2009
Bad comedy is a peculiar thing, isn't it? Watching it is rather like looking at the emperor's new clothes - slightly uncomfortable, more than a little embarrassing, with the lurking dread that maybe it isn't them at all who's at fault, but you, you and your own lame-arsed sense of humour.
Krod Mandoon featured a dungeon full of prisoners - which is where its scriptwriter belongs.
Written by Tim Dowling. The Guardian, 12th June 2009
I'm not sure it's a goer as a series. It has a great cast and the production values are high quality. It's well written, too. The way it combines fantasy and 21st-century dialogue can be funny. The trouble is that, once you have seen half an hour, you've seen it all.
Written by Rachel Cooke. The New Statesman, 11th June 2009