Episode 6 - Episode 6
28 March 2012
Episodes - 106 - Episode Six
I honestly still like what the producers of Episodes are trying to achieve. Just the other day I was remembering some of the great comedies I've seen which used long dialogues between two characters with great skill. British shows like The Good Life and Men Behaving Badly were able to have two characters just chatting for up to ten minutes and make engaging and funny television. Here we see a similar attempt with Merc and Sean chatting and then Matt and Beverley chatting for even longer.
The trouble is that Episodes is not good at it. And it's just not a good show full stop. Both the story and the humour have failed to click. The story here sees Bev sleeping with Matt which kind of destroys her as a character and leaves him in a fairly unredeemable position. Bev has been a tough character to get behind because despite being right most of the time she has come across like a shrew. That impression wasn't helped by this episode. The big revelation moment was meant to be Matt realizing that he had turned "Pucks" into a failure with his meddling. Yet Beverley didn't come across as likeable when being proven right, she remained the screechy killjoy.
Now that she has cheated on Sean with Matt she has lost all credibility as a character. She has no integrity left and considering Sean wouldn't have cheated on her with Morning she looks like even more of a villain. Similarly Matt has been playing a more grown-up version of Joey so far but now he screws over his friend Sean which makes him look like an utter ass-hole. I don't really see how the show can continue from here. Sean remains the only likeable character and I don't think that's enough to sustain the interest of viewers.
The whole structure of the show is flawed though. We get several scenes of back and forth squabbling between Bev and Matt and to a lesser extent Merc and Sean and none of it works. Despite trying to simulate real dialogue with the bickering it somehow comes across as less real the longer these conversations go on. The humour within each chat just falls flat as well. Merc goes on and on about he won't cheat on his wife, the irony being we know he did earlier that day and that's all there is. As in the joke is he is a liar and a hypocrite. Yep that's it, that's the joke. There's just nothing there. Even the supposed shock value of seeing Carol riding Merc just doesn't make an impact.
I don't see any way for Episodes to recover from this position. If the next episode doesn't prove me wrong then I won't write about it.
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