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Old April 6 2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

Comedy Central is going medieval, with the premiere of it's latest series, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire . The show's producers appear in this video interview where they reveal how they came up with the idea for the show, plus the cast talk a bit about how they came to gel with each other during script readings...
Comedy Gets Serious With 'Krod'

Krod debuts this Thursday, April 9 on Comedy Central @ 10pmEST/9pm Central.
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Old April 6 2009, 05:14 PM   #2
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I can't do it.
The commercials were so 'meh' I couldn't even hate it. I think it will quickly disappear.
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Old April 6 2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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Hmm, I thought this was a BBC production, what's it doing airing in the US first?

Looking back at the press release it's a co-production, I guess that's why.
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Old April 6 2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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No thank you! I'll stick with Legend of the Seeker.
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Old April 6 2009, 06:18 PM   #5
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^You can't watch 2 fantasy series at a time?
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Old April 7 2009, 12:03 AM   #6
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I'll check out the first episode. I like the idea of sci-fi fantasy comedies (can't wait for Boldly Going Nowhere). My only reservation was that the jokes in the commercial weren't that good. Comedy Central is more hit than miss, though, with it's original series.
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Old April 7 2009, 12:27 AM   #7
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Dude is ripped.
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Old April 7 2009, 01:28 AM   #8
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Any series featuring John Rhys-Davies can't be completely bad.
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Old April 10 2009, 01:00 PM   #9
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I liked Krod Mandoon more than I expected. Perhaps because it's a British sitcom, it's actually fairly funny, clever, and well-made. It had too much crude humor for me at times, but the same is true of Monty Python, Mel Brooks films, Red Dwarf, and the like. And this show did come off as sort of Hercules/Xena as filtered through Brooks and Python.

Sean Maguire is fairly effective as Krod -- amiable but neurotic, strong enough to be a believable hero despite being whiny and klutzy enough to be a comedy goat. He strikes a good balance and is effective at anchoring the cast.

India de Beaufort as Aneka is easily the best part of the show. She's utterly stunning, and I like how she handles the character. The way she's written, as a "pagan" with no sexual inhibitions, could easily have been played in a very slutty and demeaning way, but de Beaufort plays her as a mature, capable, dignified warrior to whom her sexuality is a source of strength. Aneka is certainly the most capable and well-adjusted member of the cast. Certainly they play her promiscuity and exhibitionism for laughs, but in a way that doesn't treat the woman herself disrespectfully. I really like that.

I don't much care for the rest of the hero team. The big clumsy oaf is okay but kind of a stock character, the fake sorceror is too much of a "hip black guy" stereotype, and Bruce is nothing more than a flaming gay stereotype that seems like a relic from decades ago. Come on, haven't we gotten sufficiently used to gay people that we can find fresher ways to include them as comedy characters than falling back on gross caricature? It would've been nice if they could've handled the gay character the same way they handled Aneka, finding humor in a way that was respectful and didn't reduce the character to a one-note grotesque.

Matt Lucas as the villain Dongalor is okay -- not wonderful, but adequate. His goofiness can be a little much, but it's effective to see that frivolous idiocy juxtaposed with the sheer sociopathic brutality of the character. Having him show off bizarre and embarrassing wardrobe options wasn't funny, but cavalierly murdering a man without checking to make sure it was the right man, or hitting on and subsequently abducting the daughter of a man he just had killed without even considering that she might care about her father's death -- that's the sort of thing that makes an effective and disturbingly amusing villain. Dongalor is a clueless idiot, but it's the kind of stupidity that, combined with power, is obscenely dangerous. And that makes it effective.

But the most entertaining player on the villains' side is Alex McQueen as Barnabus, Dongalor's chief advisor and sycophant. The actor does quite a good job as the put-upon but patient Jeeves to Dongalor's Wooster, though he does get a little broad at times.

Otherwise, the production values and action are fairly good. It doesn't look cheap or halfhearted. And it actually has a story to tell; it's not just a bunch of random gags about sex and bodily functions against a medieval backdrop. The best kind of adventure comedy is one that actually works as an adventure as well as a comedy. So far, Krod Mandoon is promising in that respect. I'd probably keep watching for Aneka alone, but the rest of the show is worthwhile as well.
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Old April 10 2009, 01:05 PM   #10
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I just wonder when BBC Two are airing it. It doesn't even seem to have been mentioned since the first announcement it was being made.
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Old April 10 2009, 05:16 PM   #11
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Really rather boring. I saw it last night after coming home from the Jim Butcher signing. I was expecting it to be, well, funny. I also thought we might have Sean Maguire with his shirt off. Sadly, neither happened.
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Old April 10 2009, 09:55 PM   #12
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cylkoth wrote: View Post
Krod debuts this Thursday, April 9 on Comedy Central @ 10pmEST/9pm Central.
Which I missed, having gotten home late, and too tired to even remember that it was starting..
It will encore Sat @ 7pm EST, 6pm Central, and this time I have it set to be recorded.
Additional repeat times during the week can be found in your online listings.
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Old April 10 2009, 10:29 PM   #13
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I was pleasantly amused by it. The look was lush, the performances were delightful, the characters had a real charm appropriate to what they are.

I'll keep watching.
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Old April 10 2009, 11:55 PM   #14
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I was shocked that a channel that specializes in comedic programming could produce something so utterly humorless. This makes Hyperspace look like a masterwork.
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Old April 16 2009, 08:45 AM   #15
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OmahaStar wrote: View Post
Really rather boring. I saw it last night after coming home from the Jim Butcher signing. I was expecting it to be, well, funny. I also thought we might have Sean Maguire with his shirt off. Sadly, neither happened.
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^Any tidbits or morsels you could share with us OmahaStar from the "Turn Coat" signing? I wanted to hit one, but couldn't make the timing work out.
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