Quote: Sinon @ April 6 2013, 11:11 AM BST
I'm a bit puzzled by all the rave reveiws: "excellent" "great" "hilarious"!!!
I think I must have watched something different to you all. The only funny thing I can remember is Lee running away from the door.
I don't actually remember one funny line.
"Warren Burrows... 1 Rabbit Road" made me cringe. That horse was already dead before Rabbit Road but it did remind me of Porridge (which was nice), which was when I first heard that joke.
I like Lee Mack but I think everything in this was obvious and unfunny... And all a bit laboured. This 'suspension of disbelief' is all well and good but mine won't stretch that far!
I think this is one of the rare cases where it's legal to say "It's a nice way of spending 30 minutes". Nothing more, nothing less. Lee Mack's wooden performance and the sloppy timing prevent this from being a classic in any way, imo. A real classic needs charismatic performances by the actors (you mentioned Porridge/Barker!) and a much less sterile atmosphere. But again. There are worse ways of spending 30 minutes. It was like one of the better American sitcoms. Great fun while it lasts...but nothing to remember years after the first watch. But then, like I said, this is my first episode of NGO...so I better keep my mouth shut.