Saturday, 28 January 2012

Life's Too Short: Episode 5 Review

So here we are again. Another episode of LTS has come and gone, and unfortunately not much improvement has been made.
This episode sees a bit more of a plot - Warwick's trying to find a new girlfriend and ends up meeting a great woman....but she too is a dwarf. This leads to some truly stupid scenes which seem to make no sense at all. Why would Warwick have a problem with dating a dwarf, when he too is one? It just doesn't make any sense!

I doubt anyone to be as self-conscious as Warwick is in this episode - and even if they were, they certainly wouldn't behave like he did. I get that Warwick's character is supposed to be a dick-head, but Gervais and Merchant have made him too much like one - so now they've got a character that is not only completely unlikeable, but also just ridiculous and unbelievable.

Despite this, the episode does manage to improve slightly over last week's abysmal offering. First. there's generally a few more laughs in this episode (although still not that many!). It opens with an amusing, albeit unoriginal night club scene, and it manages to go out on a high via a conversation between Sean Williamson, Les Dennis and Keith Chegwin.

Also, there's no shoe-horned in appearance from Gervais and Merchant this week, meaning the episode flows a bit better.

But at the end of the day, this episode suffers from the same problems that have plagued the series as a whole. It's got a bad main character, a script that offers few funny moments - as well as practically no story - and the absence of a supporting cast is yet another weak spot. Not to mention the fact that it's basically just a poorer version of the comedy duo's last two series'.

With only two episodes left, LTS needs to pull something out of the bag pretty quickly to be remembered as anything other than a disappointment.


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