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by gezyka » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:39 am

A.V. Club review:


Flight Of The Conchords : Season 2 : Episode 1 "A Good Opportunity"
by Genevieve Koski January 18, 2009

Bret? Present.

Jemaine? Present.

TV Club? Present!

Here’s a fun(ish) fact: When Flight Of The Conchords’ first season wrapped, back in September, 2007, TV Club was still just a glimmer in The A.V. Club’s eye. Not that Bret, Jemaine, et al have been off our radar in the 17-month interim: You may have noticed a couple of interviews, an appearance on our best-of-2008 music list, and a subtle, unobtrusive banner ad or two here and there around the site. Needless to say, we’re glad to have the show back, and I’m super-geeked to be your guide through the second (and reportedly final) season of FOC.

It’s no secret that Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement struggled with the sophomore season of their surprise-hit show. And the reason it’s no secret is because they flat-out said in interviews they were having trouble penning new songs (the first season used mostly old material they had amassed over several years) and weren’t interested in pursuing another season after this because of those difficulties. Their fatigue is disheartening, sure, but understandable, considering the speed at which they rocketed from near-obscurity to cult favorites. It’s also, unfortunately, evident in this week’s less-than-transcendent season premiere.

Of course, a less-than-transcendent episode of Flight Of The Conchords is still pretty damn good, and there were a clutch of excellent moments in “A Good Opportunity,” which I’ll get to in a moment. But—somewhat predictably given the duo’s aforementioned writing struggles—tonight’s three songs were clunkers, for the most part. Starting things out with a Murray song (“Rejected”) was a misstep. (Sorry “Leggy Blonde” lovers, but I maintain that Rhys Darby’s contributions to the show are best left in the non-musical sphere.) While the sequence of Murray twirling on a rooftop singing the operatic ballad was amusing—check out that crane shot!—the song itself was pretty one-note, nearly devoid of any actual jokes. The “Femident” jingle and the “Angels In The Clouds (Doin’ It)” sequences were a little better, but the two songs were a little too musically similar for my liking.

There may not have been anything approaching “Business Time” or “Bowie” moments tonight, but the goings-on in between the musical sequences were top-notch Conchords comedy. The plot was a little more robust than usual, due to the necessary reset that had to occur following last season’s Crazy Dogggz shake-up. After rocketing to the top of the charts with “Doggy Bounce”—then a little lower, then a still little lower down the charts with “Doggy Dance” and “In The Pound”—the bongo-keytar duo introduced in last season’s finale continues to dominate Murray’s attention and help fill his plush new office with gold records and weird statues from Tori Amos. Slightly poorer and down one shoe (but up one cushion stolen from their library gig!), Bret and Jemaine fire their manager and strike out on their own, which turns out to be easier than easy, with them quickly landing a gig to write a commercial jingle for Femident ladies’ toothpaste. However, fate and a Polish lawyer soon bring the three back together. Murray is quickly stripped of his success when it turns out a Polish cover of “Doggy Bounce” predates the original by 13 years, and Bret and Jemaine find it difficult to get paid for their jingle work without work permits or green cards. After a quick stint living in his car, Murray finagles his consulate job back—thanks to the fact no one realized he left—as well as his FOC management position, thanks to his brilliant plan to run away and the gift of a size 9 right-foot shoe he brought for Bret. And just like that, all is back to normal in the Conchordiverse.

As usual, there was a ton of deadpan quotable moments tonight, headed up by Bret and Jemaine’s struggles to pinpoint exactly what it is that ladies like. (Weaving? No, that’s more of a man’s game, as Bret comes from a long line of male weavers. Women’s rights? Also more of a man thing: Jemaine’s dad supported women’s rights, but didn’t allow his mom to be an activist.) A guest-starring Greg Proops also got in a few great moments as the smarmy talent agent who taps the boys to write the Femident jingle (“I think you guys are terrific, I particularly like one of you”; “What is this, Lord Of The Rings? We don’t have all day”). We also got a good dose of the supporting cast, particularly Dave, who takes the boys to the pool to find out what women like (alas, they’re all out “doing Brazillians”) and gives them a lesson in double-down negotiating, because Dave means “deal” in Latino. And of course, Mel stole the show with her emphatic desire to start a Crazy Dogggz merch-fire. (“Why did you come if you didn’t want to light a fire?” is my new personal mantra.)

The success of tonight’s show really depends whether you show up for the tunes or the jokes. When they’re good, the Conchords’ songs can equal or surpass the show’s dialogue in the deadpan silliness department. Tonight’s songs just didn’t bring the laughs, though, in form or content, making them seem more like breaks in the action than inspired asides. Hopefully we’ll see a better balance struck in the coming weeks.

Grade: B

Stray observations:


• Never trust anyone with an AOL e-mail address.

• Bret’s man-made woven trousers: best throwaway gag of the night?

• Anyone got a good Polish lawyer joke?

• “Stuff you!”=The ultimate insult.

• Jemaine: “Why did I get double-stuffed?”

• Was that a woman’s shoe that Murray brought Bret?

• That Doug, always hogging the conversation.
• Has "Rock The Party" been replaced? I couldn't catch the new song's lyrics, but it sounds like the Conchords have a new go-to party-starting jam.

• In case you did like tonight’s songs, be advised that iTunes will be offering new Conchords tunes for download the day after the episode airs. Maybe they’ll have the original, 18-minute-long cut of “Femident.”

Source: http://www.avclub.com/articles/a-good-opportunity,22808/
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by Amily » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:03 am

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by hellomyfriend » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:09 am


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That's quite a 'fro Bret's got going. It's almost competing with the plant.
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by chloe » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:39 am

hehe .. . I'm tempted to photoshop a pick in that fro. . little too lazy right now, though. :D
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by Amily » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:58 am

OMG! I didn't even notice Bret's fro!!!

Hahahahahhahahahaha

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by giggletycoon » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:46 am

Alan Sepinwall episode review:

Flight of the Conchords, "A Good Opportunity": Sing out, Murray!

Brief spoilers for the "Flight of the Conchords" season two premiere coming up just as soon as I weave some pants...

I'm burnt-out from press tour, and I made my point about the good comedy/weak songwriting aspect to these early episodes in Thursday's column, so I'm just going to go straight to the predictable bullet point list of the things I found especially funny in the premiere, and then you guys can talk about the rest:

• Murray, unable to curse, tells the guys "Stuff you!," followed by Jemaine complaining "Why did I get double-stuffed?"

• While Murray's opera was kind of forgettable, the first few moments when I realized he would be singing (or lip-syncing) opera was quite lovely

• Dave's story of the women on the plane, followed by him acknowledging that he knows actual women "pretty much"

• Dave's proof of his amazing deal-making prowess is a macrame owl

• Mel seems far more abusive to poor Doug this year, with the hog noises and her complaining, "Why did you come, Doug, if you didn't want to light a fire?"

• "I'm persona non-regatta, you know what that means?" "You're not at a yacht race?"

• The wonderful look of relief on Rhys Darby's face when Murray realizes that nobody noticed that he quit -- and also all that says about how non-essential Murray is to the consulate's operations

What did everybody else think?


http://sepinwall.blogspot.com/2009/01/flight-of-conchords-good-opportunity.html
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by sally » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:20 am

Guys!!!

I know I'm never on here anymore. Half of you may not remember me. At any rate...I'm going to try and do weekly recaps of FOTC on SpunkyBean.com. Hopefully, they'll be posted every Monday. I'll let you know when the first one is up.

I'm writing them in the form of diary entries. How else?! The first one is a little rough, because I'm mad sick. Here's hoping they get better. It's about Bret and Jemaine, so how could they not?

Just wanted to give you a heads up! I'll post the link when it's available.
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by gezyka » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:49 am


chloe wrote:hehe .. . I'm tempted to photoshop a pick in that fro. . little too lazy right now, though. :D

hahahaha. Do it!

A giant guitar pick would also be kinda funny. Ok, I'm cheesy. :P
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by thedistantfuture » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:36 pm


hellomyfriend wrote:
Amily wrote:[image]



That's quite a 'fro Bret's got going. It's almost competing with the plant.

That fro defies gravity. I'm diggin' it. Now we might need to start the religion of Bretfroism. I already started Jemfroism but this is epic.
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by sargifster » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:45 pm

A review / recap of Episode 1 from dreamloom.com

It is long - so I won't post the whole thing here, as it includes lyrics and everything...

A few snippets:


Although the fact that Martin_Clark has excessively curly locks and an AOL email address should probably have been a tip-off that he’s a tool. Too bad the Conchords don’t do tip-offs.


Martin_Clark - the two mentions still make me laugh so much... ;D ;D


Also discarded as possible angles: weaving, women’s rights, wrestling in cooking oil on planes (this one from Dave, who I adore, and who knows women, pretty much, although not really and not at all).



...learn the fine art of negotiation using the “Dave double-down technique,” wherein Bret gets suckered into buying a pen he doesn’t want for four times the initial asking pricing of $1.00. (I’ll let you do that math in your head.) And keep your eyes on Jemaine during this scene, because his reactions are priceless.


I definitely agree with the Jemaine reactions bit... ;D


Back on the streets (“Friday”), the guys stumble upon Murray, who has taken up residence in his reliable old Honda. Yikes. He looks more than a little greasy, there’s a pair of underpants draped on the back of the passenger seat, and he is storing office supplies in the glove compartment. Very very bad!


;D


“I’m persona non-regates,” he says, which Jemaine helpfully translates as “You’re not at a yacht race.” Correct.


This bit has actually ended up being one of my favourite quotes from this episode. ;D ;D


Still, because he’s Murray, he also takes a moment to admire Bret’s newly woven pants before rolling off. Aw, Murray rocks.


L'amour Murramine - someone else who has noticed... ;) ;D


Murray steps into his office to find his own never-delivered letter of resignation sitting on top of his desk, with a Post-It attached: “Attn: Everyone. I’m off—stuff it up your noses! Please read enclosed letter. Signed, Murray Hewitt.” Isn’t that beautiful? He crumples it into a ball before reaching down to give his desk a man-sized Murray hug.


I love that the poster has gone to the trouble of even transcribing Murray's envelope. ;D

Much more to read at the original post...

Source: http://www.dreamloom.com/uncategorized/flight-of-the-conchords-%E2%80%9Ca-good-opportunity%E2%80%9D/
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by sargifster » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:54 pm

A quick snippet from the FOTC IMDb boards:



martin_clark@aol.com

anyone emailed that address yet?

I did....very funny



Is anyone brave enough to see what happens? ;D ;D
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by thedistantfuture » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:56 pm


sargifster wrote:


L'amour Murramine - someone else who has noticed... ;) ;D

L'amour de Murrabret. ;)
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by Katie » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:04 pm


sargifster wrote:A quick snippet from the FOTC IMDb boards:



martin_clark@aol.com

anyone emailed that address yet?

I did....very funny



Is anyone brave enough to see what happens? ;D ;D

Haha, I hadn't thought to try! I just did though, and only got a "mailbox not found" reply. :(
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by sargifster » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:09 pm


thedistantfuture wrote:
sargifster wrote:


L'amour Murramine - someone else who has noticed... ;) ;D

L'amour de Murrabret. ;)


Oops! Yes... (blush) Very sorry, should proof read better... ;D


Haha, I hadn't thought to try! I just did though, and only got a "mailbox not found" reply. :(


Aww. That's a shame. :( I thought something interesting might happen from the poster's reaction... :( Thanks for trying... ;D

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by hellomyfriend » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:08 pm


sargifster wrote:A review / recap of Episode 1 from dreamloom.com
...

Much more to read at the original post...

Source: http://www.dreamloom.com/uncategorized/flight-of-the-conchords-%E2%80%9Ca-good-opportunity%E2%80%9D/



What an excellent recap!!! :D I'm going to check that site after every episode! ;D
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