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Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006, 09:54 am

I love that I live in a world that still has a neolithic tribe that isn't entirely clad in adidas or burberry. Obviously what happened the fishermen isn't great but its good to know that we still live in a strange world.

The writer of Fr Ted has a new show called "The IT Crowd" and is supposedly fantastic. Channel 4 have been releasing the episodes online a week in advance of broadcast but in an odd move have DRM locked the sodding thing so people outside the UK will be lucky to be able to watch it and even those IN the UK can't save it to their PCs for later. You can get it here. Needless to say, people with more knowledge of DRM technology have cracked it and released the episodes as torrents that you can find at the pirate bay. Just this once I reckon that it isn't piracy, in spirit anyway.

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

you might want to put a 'Not Work safe' warning on some of those links.

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I'd have hoped that links to TV shows and pirate torrents would have been a given.

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
cliph

Episodes 1 and 2 were free (beer) to download, watch, save, do with what you want.

Episode 3 was behind a region checker but the actual file could be downloaded from anywhere. It did however unfortunately employ some kind of DRM that wanted me to login to their website before watching. Within hours of it's release torrents of the same file minus DRM were on trackers so everyone was happy. Well maybe not the people in Channel 4 who it seemed "got" Technology and how to create a buzz about the show before airing it than then showed that they didn't "get" anything at all by taking the afore mentioned steps. Both yay and boo at the same time.

Great show.

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

Well notwithstanding any issues of piracy, I just watched the first episode over a nice chocolate muffin and a cup of coffee and I'd have to say....what a pile of shit...the show, not the muffin.

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I suspect that the problem lies in your brains, which are evidently working wrong :)

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

Ah come on...

Sure, comedy's highly subjective, but really...

It's not User Friendly (the webcomic not the concept) it's not Dilbert. If you're going to send up the stereotypes at least get them a little closer to the mark, if you're going to appeal to the techies at leaat make their references to stuff reasonably real. It's like pandering to the stereotypical man in the street's idea of the stereotypical IT department, and although the props may be interesting and accurate the dialogue isn't.

I don't suppose you can expect too much more from mainstream telly but many of the jokes were telegraphed or obvious and I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to accept the boss character or the girl.

Ah call me a boring old fart, but I didn't think it was funny at all. I was expecting much more from the source of Fr.Ted (maybe the problem is with the "actors" then...naahh! Don't think so).

Grumpy fecker out.

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I reckon its all perspective, I bet priests didn't find Fr Ted terribly funny in general (I'm sure some did but by and large I doubt it.

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
cliph

UF and Dilbert stopped being funny and worth reading a long time ago. If you're using those are reference material for what this show could have been I see where you're going wrong - you've misplaced your sense of humour.

Fri, Feb. 10th, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)
specky_ie

I haven't read UF or Dilbert for ages actually, and when I did what was amusing was the irony not the comedy. Fine line, but there you go... But when I did read these they were at least reasonably accurate in their portrayal of the stereotypes (or at least I'd worked with a lot of them) and they talked about "real" things rather than what people outside of the business probably perceived the "real" things to be.

Fr.Ted was fairly original (I never particularly "engaged" with the Fr.Jack character whereas some people I know still find it hilarious every time he shouts "drink!feck!whatever!"). Even ignoring the religeous comedy it still stood up very well (probably mostly due to the quality of the lead actors).

Now I knew I would be exposing myself to a toraid of abuse for criticising a comedy show 'cos the whole issue is so subjective, but with a lot of comedy there does seem to be a huge "emperor's new clothes" syndrome surrounding them, and especially amongst the community upon which the show focuses. Either everybody has to ABSOLUTELY LOVE it or everybody has to ABSOLUTELY HATE it.

If you think this show goes down with the many and various classics of comedy then I'd have to wonder what basis you measure comedy on. If I could actually receive channel 4 and I bothered to watch telly more than a couple of hours a week, I certainly wouldn't be wasting my time on this stuff.

But that's your choice.

Fri, Feb. 10th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

Well so far this show was panned by all the TV critics in the sunday papers.

I've not seen any of it yet but so far it looks like it's a love it or hate it kind of show

Mon, Feb. 13th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

I was frightened when I first read about that tribe. The headline in the local paper was something like "tribals did not eat fishermen, as suspected". I guess I just didn't think such places still existed.

India sure is a strange place. But then, as you say, so is the world.

Tg