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have they amped up the shakeycam "this is a fly on the wall doc" conceit for series 3? I'm finding all the manic wobbly zooms and pans incredibly distracting this time around, two episodes in. Also not quite as funny as before but will give that some time.

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Binged the first 8 episodes while I was in hospital, some great moments

 

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They really developed Colin’s character up to this point, loving his quest for his origins.

Kirsten Schaal was a great addition as the Guide, and the whole Nandor joining the cult episode was brilliantly done.

 

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Watched the last two episodes and really enjoyed them

 

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Episode 9 was clever, making you think it was Nandor leaving - and mirroring the scenes of Guillermo being held captive - before Laszlo’s reveal on the fate of Colin Robinson.

 

And episode 10 with the painting really worked for me, again twisting what you expected.

 

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On 06/11/2021 at 20:44, Steely said:

It just felt significantly tonally different from the other seasons, I don't know if it has anything to do with Clement stepping away, but it just felt off.


We have noticed this..it’s more much of a fish out of water comedy thing now that the dark comedy it was.  

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This is all, as always, purely speculative, but I've always figured US sitcoms work this way:

 

Season 1: Establish the vision of the creator and writers. Season 2: integrate the unique skills and idiosyncracies of the cast, and establish the model. Season 3: Give it to new, up and coming writers because you've already built the house and you're over it.

 

I liked S3, but it almost always feels like the point when it's nobody's baby anymore.

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10 minutes ago, schmojo said:

This is all, as always, purely speculative, but I've always figured US sitcoms work this way:

 

Season 1: Establish the vision of the creator and writers. Season 2: integrate the unique skills and idiosyncracies of the cast, and establish the model. Season 3: Give it to new, up and coming writers because you've already built the house and you're over it.

 

I liked S3, but it almost always feels like the point when it's nobody's baby anymore.


I watched a doc about showrunners last night, and one of the showrunners said the great line “The first season, the actors work for you. The second season, you’re partners. The third season, you work for them.” As when a show is a hit, it’s the actors that become irreplaceable.

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It makes perfect sense. When you look at Parks and Rec or The US Office, the show becomes built around the talents and quirks of the cast. And then the writing is informed by what they can do, and what they want to do.

 

And often, it becomes fucking great because of it, but it's not within the writers' control.

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I've just started watching this. I'm already in love with it.

 

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Matt Berry's "bushes" made me laugh a lung out.

 

And then when the warewolves were talking about their cultural heritage Matt Berry shrugging at the "I'm Chad the Caucasian" :lol:

 

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That's two seasons on Disney plus binged. Couldn't help myself.

 

Colin Robinson is frankly terrifying.

 

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Mark Hamil was superb.

 

As was the witches reverting to their real forms and Nando's: "milfs, even better!"

 

And for some reason my biggest laugh in the whole second season was the in memoriam for the vampire that got confused on daylight savings :lol:

 

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Finished series 3 and I thought the whole lot was absolutely incredible, so confidently done and brilliantly written, more 'not a moment wasted' than 'not a line wasted'.

Not really spoilery but I found it so funny it's worth watching fresh for the final episode of series 3...

 

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Guillermo goes in to talk to Laszlow, as he enters the room he's playing the Toast of London theme tune on the piano! Absolutely perfect moment.

 

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On 12/11/2021 at 00:41, schmojo said:

It makes perfect sense. When you look at Parks and Rec or The US Office, the show becomes built around the talents and quirks of the cast. And then the writing is informed by what they can do, and what they want to do.

 

And often, it becomes fucking great because of it, but it's not within the writers' control.


Totally agree with this. S1 is often just the setup. We’ve only just done the US Office (we did Parks and Rec a couple of years ago) and it really hits its stride once the UK storylines have been dealt with and the cast are imposing their own character traits on the show, rather than being ‘a bit like’ the UK characters.

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