January 16, 2006

Hyperdrive - boldly going anwhere?

Okay, this is a frivolous topic, but look: I loved Red Dwarf, so naturally I'm dying to see if BBC can get another sci-fi comedy to work. Because I have Chinese class on Wednesdays, I flip over to Hyperdrive last night, and I am totally not amused.

For a guy who is utterly into British sci-fi comedy and who is never going to get a new episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Red Dwarf ever, this is a major bummer. I mean, they've got the guys who write for the dead hilarious Black Books. This series really ought to be better than the first episode leads me to think. I hope it gets better. Right now, it's pretty weak.

Posted 2006/01/16 18:39 (Mon) | TrackBack

I have to agree. They seem to be trying to do to much at one time and aren't doing any of it particularly well. Black Books manages to be funny without consistantly resorting to the same level of crude humor. Not that it NEVER goes there, but that's not the reason the show is funny. Hyperdrive not only seems to resort to nothing but potty humor, but feels like it tries to explain the jokes in case we missed them. It's like watching Ace Ventura with commentary for the humerously impaired. It's almost painful. I'll give it until the third episode. If there isn't at least one character that I care about at least a LITTLE by then, then I give up. After all, season VIII of Red Dwarf hits DVD in another two months. Even at it's worst Dwarf was better then this.

Posted by: Scott's little brother at January 21, 2006 6:40

You get Black Books in Winnipeg? Wow! Who carries it? It can't be BBC Canada, since it's a Channel 4 show.

Posted by: Scott Martens at January 21, 2006 15:14

Black Books brought to us by the miracle of Bittorrent. I''ve only watched season 1 as of yet (which also just hit DVD here) but I have 2 & 3 as well. I actually hunted it up prior to your post because someone else recommended it. Hyperdrive I only downloaded after your post.

Posted by: Scott's little brother at January 21, 2006 17:53

Episode two didn't get better. Idiots in space. Sure, Red Dwarf was idiots in space, but no one was stupid enough to put them in command. I'm not asking for believability, but at least a nodding aquaintance with plausibility might be nice.

Posted by: Scott's little brother at January 22, 2006 6:42

It's getting a lot better. Not up to Hitchhiker's level, and it's more like The Office in Space, but I think it could turn out very well as the characters bed down.

Posted by: John Montague at February 2, 2006 11:29

Does anyone know where I can get the original(?) BBC The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy via bittorrent? Just curious.


Posted by: Hal at April 8, 2006 0:13
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