Almost Beyond Parody

  • 5/15/2008 12:29:00 am
  • By Mark Gibbings-Jones

Ah, nuts. And we were so looking forward to it.

As far as we're concerned, the glittery slickness that simply has to be applied to network programming in the US really works against it here. From the trailer, which of course should have a clear objective of encapsulating the entire series in a ninety-second snapshot, it simply doesn't look 'dated' enough, making it a little hard to 'get' the entire point. And the American Gene Hunt is clearly all wrong. He's not even having 'Hoops. Bah. If someone had presented us with a transcription of that trailer, we'd have assumed it was a particularly underwhelming Dead Ringers skit. And that's really damning.

Speculative UK Ratings Prediction: After they spend an absolute fortune obtaining the rights, the pilot episode will provide Virgin One with a record audience. Sadly, by the time episode three rolls around, 75% of that audience have disappeared.

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