Saturday, 28 January 2012

Life's Too Short: Episode 7 Review

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's mediocre sitcom finally finished this week. Unfortunately, it couldn't even go out with a bang. Instead, episode 7 wasn't very funny, but instead was boring and just made me glad the series has finished.

This week's finale saw everything go wrong for Warwick: Losing his money, the divorce, his home and his respect. But still I struggle to see any reason for this series being made. Even now, Warwick's character has only improved slightly despite all the crap that has flown his way. It just doesn't make any sense. If someone was in his position in real-life they would be some-what humble, what they wouldn't do is make a twat of themselves at a charity fund-raiser - which is exactly what happens here.

This week's celebrity cameo came in the form of Sting and was just incredibly mediocre. Sure, it wasn't that bad, but what Gervais and Merchant have failed to understand is the novelty of them picking on celebrity's seems to have worn off. I won't go into too much more detail simply because I don't see the point and I don't want to spoil anything - so let's just say that while this cameo isn't the worst, in the end it's forgettable.

I can't think of much more to say that I haven't said before, so let's make this short (no pun intended). Life's Too Short is a disappointing, forgettable sitcom starring an unrealistic, over-familiar main character, a lack of strong supporting characters and a very thin plot.
This finale is just as underwhelming as previous episodes, suffering greatly from the aforementioned problems listed above and the fact that it just wasn't very funny. Gervais and Merchant have taken the Extras/The Office formula of cringe-worthy comedy and beaten it to death. I just pray that rumours of a second series aren't true.


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