Don't Touch my Soca
, 20 May 2008
I haven't seen this series before so i watched this with an open-mind because i know how the characters develop.
I think this really is a masterclass in situational comedy. I wasn't thinking to myself recently about how i haven't seen any good sitcoms as of late, notably British. I realised why. There are sitcoms but once you've grown up on programming as good as this, your standards become very high.
I don't deny there is an undercurrent of class/race themes but if you think about it, its almost superfluous to the plots usually. In the same way that Only Fools and Horses was. The one thing which makes the DVD worth watching is seeing for the first time, how the backstories develop, being hte staple recurring themes. I think that this was uniquely written.
In contrast to the other series, about 90% of the comedy stems from the way that Beaton interacts with the other characters. I laughed quite hard at his parody of the ultra camp party organiser. There aren't actually as many one-liners as the blurb packaging suggests a la Will & Grace, most of the gags are actually more elaborate than that. I think that adds, and I have to really think about it, when i can remember a sitcom which has a similar approach. I think Red Dwarf Ibeing the closest.
I didn't like the little extra tribute bit to Norman Beaton. I just thought they could have done a better job with that because it just smacked of an air of pretentiousness.
I forgot how good the theme tune was.
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