Quote: T.W. @ 14th February 2011, 11:50 AM
Series 2 was both the most original and the funniest of the series, with every episode a minor masterclass.
I have to disagree with that quite strongly after watching it again recently. I thought it ran out of creative steam halfway through and the last two in particular looked very strained. There's a strong argument from industry bods for changing the order of episodes for broadcasting so it doesn't do what Blackadder II did and tail off in quality of scripts. Six classic eps this was not. Maybe three, just.
Elton's style of repeating patterns of material like little cyclical templates was excruciating by episode 6. When these little formulas are so often used it increasingly looks like padding if the funny lines aren't that different to the previous. Ep5 looked like he hastily drafted a script out of desperation to fill an episode. Yes it managed more funny bits than most sitcom eps but was so weak on story it dragged. Ep6 hardly picked it up despite a better story idea with a fine villain. Too much time was given to Nursey and Queenie presumably as padding and the ping pong of Eltonian insults on the other set were truly tedious by the end. These eps were only relieved by some funny visuals, most would credit Curtis for those.