Apr 10, 2009

Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

So in the last month or two, Comedy Central, which I watch incessantly, have been hyping up a new original television series, which will start with an “epic one hour premier!” Well all of the previews turned me pretty far off from the show, but wanting something new and good to watch on television, I gave it a chance. I mean, it’s on Comedy Central, so it should at least be funny, right? Well, right and wrong.

All of the protagonists: Krod Mandoon (Sean Maguire), Aneka (India de Beaufort), Zezelryck (Kevin Hart) and I’ll even give in to Loquasto (Steve Speirs) as being wonderfully acted, directed and written. All of their scenes in the show are written dramatic, yet dark humored, and serious with evident spoofing. I greatly promote everyone participating in this portion of the show. Everything involving the side characters even aren’t bad. But when it comes to the antagonists, this is what breaks the show for me.

The main arch nemesis, Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas) can perform as many sociopathic murders of his own men and smart ass peasants as he pleases, and I’ll still never buy into him. And I’ll say this at my own reputable risk – at the end of the day, he’s still just an effeminate weirdo. I’ve got no problem with homosexuality, or effeminism, or anything like that on my television screen. I’m not uptight about the other team getting their fair share of air time, but pick your spots. Mr. Smithers worked because he was gay, three dimensional, and only evil by association. Maybe there’s a way to portray a gay person as a true villain in a sadistic kind of way and not how the religious right would like to portray them as, but this isn’t it. Everything about his character just screams of trying too hard to insert jokes and not enough on moving the plot forward. Most of the episode could have been cut down to a normal half an hour premier, and most of the antagonist’s scenes would be what I would remove.

So while the writing and acting of the protagonists was pretty top notch, and the story is very easy to be drawn into if you’ve got even one nerd bone in your body, the antagonist is a rapier through your heart. And what’s most painful about it, is it’s a factor that isn’t going to change, at least through the first season. There’s no way to kill off your main antagonist in this kind of setting, and I can’t see them saving any face on him either. I might tune in on episode 2, but I wouldn’t doubt the possibility of me not being able to make it to episode 3.

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