Judge David Johnson is looking for the new sound.
"Kirk, is it true? Are you still an erotic adventurer of the most deranged kind?"
I am almost ashamed to admit I have never even heard of The Mighty Boosh until now. Oh the magic, mirth, and drug-fueled lunacy I've been deprived of!
Facts of the Case
Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) live in a small apartment with Naboo the South London Shaman and his gorilla pal Bollo. Howard and Vince earn their livelihood as a despised musical act, but manage to end up embarking on insane journeys that bring them into contact with horny Yetis, transsexual sea humanoids, demonic grannies, anthropomorphic Betamax tapes, a creature made entirely out of sandpaper, and coconut-headed police officers.
If you expect me to explain this series any better, you have severely overestimated my skills as a writer, my friend.
I had no clue what to expect when this disc landed in my mailbox. Having finished it, I'm still not sure what it is I watched. I do know this: I laughed deliriously.
I have no doubt there is an armada of Boosh fans out there thinking "Yeah, welcome to the club a-hole!" but brothers and sisters, I beseech you—allow me membership into your exclusive fan club! I may be late to the party, but my appreciation for the deranged wit that Julia Barratt and Noel Fielding have generated through six episodes knows no bounds.
This is my kind of show: surreal, random, aggressively bizarre, and relentlessly funny. Okay, maybe not relentlessly funny. Though there is much hilarity to be found in this series, I did find some moments lacking, particularly the Old Gregg stuff (I don't know how the missed the target in a show about a guy that lives underwater and shows his man-gina to fishermen) and the masturbating sandpaper man. Still, the very fact these guys made an underwater transsexual man and a masturbating sandpaper man focal points in their TV show is at least worth an honorable mention.
Those are the exceptions. Far and away, this second outing of The Mighty Boosh delivers big, big laughs. Even my wife, who tends to dislike both British humor and bizarre comedy (and by "dislike" I mean "loathes with the fury of a 1,000 stallions on fire") enjoyed this set quite a bit. Anyway a few of my favorite moments:
1. The whole Yeti episode. It's the season opener and perfectly sets the table for the insanity to follow. The end sequence with the Yetis working their magic and forcing our heroes into a hippie ballad is a masterpiece of WTF television entertainment.
2. The Priest and the Beast. Music plays a large role in the show. In this episode, a psychedelic rock n' roll journey to discover "the new sound" features some of the greatest songs. Also, there's a guy with eight penises.
3. Naboo and Bollo. They don't have huge roles, but everything they do onscreen is gold. Naboo's lecture to Vince about the difference between black and beige magic? Bollo's job as a deejay at a roller disco? Their hippie duet? Awesome.
4. The Board of Shaman. I haven't laughed this hard at something in a long, long time. Crying, sucking breath, blurred vision, the whole thing.
The two disc-set is a trooper. All six episodes are housed on the first disc and look great in their anamorphic widescreen transfer. The stereo audio mix is up to the task of pushing out the awesome and infectious music (I defy you to rid your head of "I Love the Chosen One"). Each show features amusing commentary from Barratt and Fielding. Disc 2 is all extras, and they're worthwhile. First is the Boosh pilot episode (which finds them working in a zoo), followed by an extended documentary on the publicity tour for Season 2, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, a photo gallery, a collection of Second Season music, and, finally, a funny short film called "Sweet."
Yes, some stuff doesn't land, but The Mighty Boosh: The Complete Season 2 is some of the most fun I've had crammed into my DVD player since that kegger last week when I…er…nevermind. Go get this set.
Not Guilty. Naboo, start the carpet.
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