Join Date: Aug 2006
I think some of the clips of upcoming 'stories' looked like fun - and that's generally what I'm interested in. I enjoy the mobility buggy up a big hill, make a van into a boat thing.
The opening sequence the other night was akin to Michael Jackson singing Earth Song at the Brits. I was waiting for the classy touch, the self-deprecating gag, the thing that would say "ok, we cocked up.....sorry.....we're bell ends......now let's have some fun". Instead, we got an almost messianic (certainly prodigal son) episode. If you rebuild a franchise even the Americans will come. The tone was off from the first moment. It was self-justifying, narcissistic, overweening and vainglorious bombast. A bit like that last sentence.
They're at their best when they make fun of themselves. They didn't do that at all. The mic bit at the start doesn't count. They've undermined that 'blokes c0cking about a bit' schtick by lamping producers and being nasty racists, and they'd have done well to just get back to some basics. Unfortunately they haven't really any regrets, it kinda worked out ok for them, and, let's face it, lamping producers and being a bit racist is catching the national mood. So why not?