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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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  • Agreed. Your comments are welcome any time :-)

    Posted by The TV Critic, 31/05/2011 7:16am (9 years ago)

  • I know this comment is late, but I wanted to express my disappointment at writing that cheating scenario into the show. It doesn't bode well for the show that the writers think so little of the characters that they would "write" them into sleeping together, despite Bev's native rectitude, and our perception of Matt's basic good nature.

    Posted by Donna, 30/05/2011 11:15pm (9 years ago)

  • Hey Caleb, thanks for the comment. You sum up Episodes pretty well. And nice to have my Flashforward rants brought up anytime.

    I was a huge Frasier fan and 'My Coffee with Niles' is a great example of what I was talking about. Frasier is one of the shows I would love to work through if I ever had the time.

    I could say a lot about why the show was so good of course. But as you are no doubt discovering it was consistently good for a very long time. Not always hilarious but consistently entertaining for years and years.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 15/02/2011 11:58pm (9 years ago)

  • This is the first and only episode of 'Episodes' I've seen or will ever see. I at least expected to have fun figuring out who the characters were and what was going on but I lost all impetus around the time Joey (sorry, Matt) used the 'F' word for the first time and crushed any hope of there being nice characters. There just seemed to be no humour, only long empty scenes filled with occasionally quirky (in Sean’s case) but otherwise stilted dialogue. I was thoroughly bored right the way through and the worst part is there wasn't enough substance for you to tirade on it 'Flashforward' style so I don't even have that incentive to watch anymore. Giving up on it is a good call.
    I'd be interested to know what you think of ‘Frasier‘- Its all I've been watching lately; I'm up to season 6 but so far it seems to be the perfect marriage of intelligent dialogue, great acting and thorough continuity. Its easy to like the characters and that really helps to buy into their relationships and above all- its funny! The Season 1 Finale 'My Coffee With Niles' comes to my mind as a great example of 2 characters holding your attention for a long time so if you haven’t seen it I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    Posted by Caleb, 15/02/2011 9:18pm (9 years ago)

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