“The humour again sinks to playground level, with comedy exploding monsters, more fart jokes, and expleting aliens.” – Starburst #324
“The broad humour sometimes alienated adults (yes, I’m talking fart gags)…” – SFX #133
“What lets this adventure down is the juvenile humour, especially the reliance on fart gags.” – dreamwatch #130
Continue ad infinitum in nearly EVERY review EVER.
I do feel slightly guilty about doing this post; after all, by all means feel free not to find fart jokes funny. And feel more than free to tell us you don’t find it funny. But I can’t help but feel there is a slightly unpleasant, superior undertone to this (and yes, I should know all about that) – as though no adult in their right mind would find fart jokes amusing, and isn’t the reviewer clever for being all grown up, and I prefer witty jokes cos they’re clever and I like clever stuff because I’m clever!!!!!
The last quote above provides the best example of this. In the very next sentence it goes on to say that “The political satire (“massive weapons of destruction, deployable in 45 seconds”) is well done, but gets buried beneath the gas emissions”. I don’t think you can really call it political satire as such – there’s no deep underlying point to it, and there wasn’t trying to be. No, it’s just a few amusing knowing asides – nothing more. You might find them funnier than fart gags, and who am I to argue – but there is nothing more intrinsically clever about them.
And even if there was – there is a delight in jokes and situations that are silly, and just plain rude. Watch Bottom – the perfect example of how both types of joke can be equally as funny… although if I’m honest, I probably prefer the rude stuff.
And the link to Dwarf? None. I lied. Sue me. Although you might want to watch this space for an announcement of a place where this might have been more appropriate…