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  • #200593
    Pete Part Three
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    I think there’s an even split in series 4:

    Good : Bad Boys, The Final Countdown
    Reasonable : Jen The Fredo, Italian for Beginners
    Awful : Something Happened, Reynholm vs. Reynholm

    Nice article, Phil.

    #200596
    Alex
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    It has always worried me that Linehan thinks series 4 is the strongest. It makes me a little concerned for the upcoming Count Arthur Strong collaboration.

    #200602
    Phil
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    >Good : Bad Boys, The Final Countdown

    I’m a little less charitable toward the ones you listed as “reasonable,” but I agree without reservation that these were the two best in the series. They both had issues that held them back from being great (IMHO, of course), but there’s no shame in being only very good. Honestly, Bad Boys would probably rank among my favorite episodes if not for the stretched-way-too-fucking-long tech support garbage. Most of what that episode does it gets right…but shit are those tech support sequences tedious.

    Interesting that both of the best episodes in this series are Moss heavy. Or not interesting…that other thing.

    >It has always worried me that Linehan thinks series 4 is the strongest.

    Now I’m terrified too.

    #200603
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    >I’m a little less charitable toward the ones you listed as “reasonable,”

    Italian for Beginners makes it just for the seaparks stuff, to be honest.

    #207175
    Phil
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    #207179
    MANI506
    Participant

    Best episodes are The Red Door, The Work Outing, Are We Not Men and The Final Countdown.

    I often do a Matt Berry impression when there’s somebody at the door.

    Can’t wait to see this! Anyone on G&T blagging tickets to the recording?

    #207184
    si
    Participant

    I often do a Matt Berry impression when there’s somebody at the door.

    So glad that I’m not the only one.

    #207191
    Alex
    Participant

    >Anyone on G&T blagging tickets to the recording?

    If I see them up for grabs in time then I’ll be applying.

    #207193
    MANI506
    Participant

    I tried to get tickets for series 4 but failed, I’ll try harder this time!

    #207205
    Joey
    Participant

    This the best news of today!

    #207216
    Pete Part Three
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    THEN SEE IT NOW.

    #207278
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Just…. one… more?

    Okay, I guess I’m being a glass-half-empty kinda guy.

    So from different stance:

    Great! Another episode!

    #207315
    takerdemon
    Participant

    I can’t wait to hear Douglas banging on about sexy sex again. Perhaps another Chris Morris cameo from beyond the grave too?

    #208204
    Phil
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    #209277
    Jonsmad
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    #209296
    performingmonkey
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    Apparently Roy wins a Golden Techie award and makes a speech about all the people who’ve fecked him over down the years…

    #209307
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I enjoyed it.

    Felt like The IT Crowd’s Series VIII.

    #209308
    Ridley
    Participant

    ‘Twas enjoyable.

    #209309
    performingmonkey
    Participant

    Lump in throat time as Moss stood there at the end…

    #209310
    si
    Participant

    I laughed like an idiot.

    Nothing new there, of course, but just thought I’d say.

    Didn’t get to watch it til this morning, but, as always, some inspired, hilariously embarrassing lunacy. It was almost like a Greatest Hits tour. :)

    #209311
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    It ended rather abruptly, I think. Not sure how I feel about that. And doing the “flicking off the light switch” ending so soon after Community made fun of exactly that trope is, perhaps, misguided. But as a whole, I loved it.

    #209312

    I thought the flicking off fit with how the characters are realising that their lives aren’t very realistic. Not an original idea, granted, but done better than when that other sitcom did it recently(ish).

    #209313
    Phil
    Participant

    That was the best episode since series 2.

    #209314
    Ridley
    Participant

    I hope you don’t blog about it on Breaking Bad Chatter, your Breaking Bad blog for Breaking Bad episodes.

    #209316
    Phil
    Participant

    You know, I thought about writing a review, but yeah, with the final Breaking Bad airing tomorrow I didn’t think tonight would be a good time to post it. It’d just be shoved down too quickly.

    Having said that, I’m considering reviewing all of the IT Crowd episodes next. No promises…maybe I’ll open it up to a vote or something, or otherwise end up picking a different show…but The IT Crowd would be a great one to do episode by episode. For a lot of reasons. Which I won’t list now, because then there’d be no reason to do it. :(

    #209317
    Connell
    Participant

    I personally really enjoyed it. It was a very self-aware episode but it felt like it was allowed to be, had trademark I.T Crowd gags and memorable lines I’ll be chirping out for days.

    Personal highlights: Small-person racist, and when Douglas smashes the window in on his own car.

    #209318
    NoFro
    Participant

    I thought this was brilliantly funny. The IT Crowd has never been the most consistent show, with the last two series in particular having some absolutely inspired stuff and then some pretty abysmal stuff, but in terms of laughs this show definitely ended on a high.

    #209319
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I wasn’t that keen. Some really great moments of visual humour, but the dialogue was a little lacking. It suffered from the extra length as the story couldn’t sustain it. But, despite having that extra time, the conclusion seemed rushed and under-developed.

    #209320
    Jonsmad
    Participant

    I like that they ended up above ground so to speak and a fitting last line for Roy. But the “ah lets just stop” line from Graham on the voice over at the end sort of sum it up better that they couldn’t find enough more in the show to really do a series 5 so crammed the not so strong final ideas remaining into this last episode with a bit more time to throw in some final callbacks. Jen is looking a little more like she shouldn’t be trapped with the rest of them any-more anyway, and Moss, Roy, and Douglas story lines werent as good as some of the better episodes. Got Richmond back but i wonder if that scene was last minute with only one of them there with him and hardly any point to his being there.

    #209328
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Douglas shouting “Check your privilege!” made me laugh A LOT. Series 2 seems so far away – these days, Matt Berry is my favourite part of the show, and he never used to be even close to that. That’s as much to do with me clicking with Matt Berry as much as anything else, though. (Can’t wait for the series of Toast of London later this month – I thought the pilot was great, and I’m hard to please with new comedy, especially single-camera.)

    Anyway, with The IT Crowd, I was very drunk whilst watching it, so can’t give a proper well-considered opinion – but on first watch, it felt like it was cut extremely fast. I would have liked it to slow down occasionally. Especially with it being a final episode. The final revelation about the fate of our heroes seemed to finish before it had even been started.

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