Comedy Snippets: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Cleaner + +

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 8 Episodes 9 and 10
I’ve written a fair amount about what makes a great season finale, and the fine edge between still being funny while providing a sweet natured, emotional ending, at least when it comes to mainstream sitcoms which wish to do this, and it’s something many a famous series has failed to do. Thankfully despite leaning in to pretty much every finale trope (returning cast members, a new version of an annual plotline, characters falling out before bonding once again, the lead leaving the workplace, a big speech at the end etc, etc) Brooklyn Nine-Nine ended on a very satisfying note. A supposedly final ever heist featuring the characters all dashing around trying to find a golden tube, there were plenty of opportunities for twists and turns without it ever feeling forced, and while the emotional beats it hit towards the end almost threatened to derail the show it at least ended on a suitably fitting and funny note. This last season has been occasionally slightly awkward as it dealt with policing in the post George Floyd world and sometimes came across as a little too earnest, and aspects felt slightly unrealistic as Holt and Amy tried to change the way their world works. Not that it wasn’t a commendable idea but it saw the show failing to reflect the real world in the way the season opener did, but at least this finale was a great way to say goodbye to these characters without it ever feeling unbelievable, mawkish or trite. ★★★★

The Cleaner Series 1 Episodes 1 and 2
Greg Davies stars in this new British sitcom that’s an adaptation of the German comedy series Der Tatortreiniger, where Greg’s character Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead is a crime scene cleaner, responsible for making everything spotless and sparkle once the police have finished with their investigations. Going by these first two episodes it has a similar feel to Inside No.9 as we’re in a different location each week, and a well known guest star is on hand, and Greg is the only constant. It’s pretty great too, with the first episode establishing the premise and then instantly having fun with it as Wicky attempts to clean up after a murder only to be interrupted by the person responsible for all the blood (Helena Bonham-Carter), which naturally complicates things a little. Perhaps it’s a little theatrical as this two hander plays out with only minor appearances from other characters, but the dialogue is strong, there’s a cute dream sequence, and the laughs are fairly frequent. The second episode isn’t quite as good as Wicky is cleaning up the home of writer Terence (David Mitchell) after his grandmother exploded in a gas leak accident, and Mitchell’s character is fairly stroppy and shouty in an exhausting way, but there’s some great physical comedy in it and the way it ended was surprisingly affecting. If I’d reviewed only the pilot it would have got four stars but the second episode brings the score down slightly, though I have heard that it was the weakest episode and the rest of the series is much more fun, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing whether or not that’s true. ★★★3/4 stars.

Only Murders In The Building Season 1 Episode 1
When the apartment building they’ live in is evacuated actor Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), theatre director Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) and the mysterious Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) all discover that they’re fans of the same true crime podcast and spend the evening chatting about it. And yes, in what is a tiny bit of a contrivance, you’re right, when they try to return to their homes they’re told a dead body has been discovered in the building, and because they’re oddball types with various problems of their own that they’re trying to ignore they decide to become amateur sleuths themselves and discover what happened, with the icing on the cake being that they’ll start their own podcast about the whole thing. For a first episode it’s certainly got a strong hook as right at the beginning we see one of the three crouching over a dead body before it flashes back to two months earlier, which is a device I normally hate but it works here well enough I suppose. We also learn about some of their individual problems and this is a comedy which certainly has a melancholic edge to it, what with Oliver struggling to find work while Charles has lived a solitary life so that he didn’t turn out to be like his father, but there’s just enough humour to make it a dramedy rather than an outright drama, and Short and Martin make for a great double act as they clash and bicker. Gomez is very strong too, more than holding her own against these two comedy legends, and while it’s not a series that I wanted to binge instantly it shows enough promise that I plan to stick with it until we finally discover the identity of the killer. ★★★1/2

Bio-Zombie
Someone online claimed this was a wacky affair in the vein of Peter Jackson’s Braindead but they were lying bastards who I will now track down and feast upon as they wasted so much of my life, this doesn’t have anything in common with that great film other than it features zombies. The first fifty minutes are especially slow and you could skip them completely without missing out on anything, and once the action does kick off it’s tedious and repetitive, poorly filmed with weak make up and effects. The characters are nearly all unsympathetic and it’s a rare occasion where I feel actively annoyed that I watched a film, this is one to avoid even if you normally like comedy horror movies. ★

Video Of The Week
Norm Macdonald sadly passed away this week and I’ve watched many a clip since then which showed how funny he is, and took a long time to choose which might be best to include here, before going with this compilation of Letterman appearances, if only because it’s not only very funny but the friendship with Dave really shines through and the two work brilliantly together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTLYNsLBdjI

Link Of The Week
Charlie Brooker’s work as a tv reviewer always entertained a great deal, and here in this interview he discusses the nature of being a critic, and the times he feels he went too far. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/sep/18/charlie-brooker-succession-made-me-furious-with-envy

Alex Finch.
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