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The Outlaws II (second series)

Started by Des Wigwam, June 05, 2022, 09:31:29 AM

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Des Wigwam

Just seen this is starting tonight. I thought it would be nice to be positive about the fruits of the tree that produced The Office (I've lost control of that metaphor).

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/jun/05/tv-tonight-the-outlaws-season-two-bbc-one-christopher-walken

I enjoyed the first series. Just read the synopsis there and realised I remember virtually nothing about it. Fingers crossed for it though.

Still think Christopher Walken is such a weird get for a small British sitcom and then I think of things like Robert De Niro advertising white sliced bread or Andi Macdowell in Cuckoo (also Taylor Thingy and Andy Samberg now I think about it. What's Greg Davies got on people?)

lauraxsynthesis

Series 1 was such a nice surprise when I didn't expect much but had it recommended by a friend in Bristol. Very much looking forward to this.

dead-ced-dead

Season one was imperfect but at times moving, funny and engaging. Looking forward to this.

olliebean

Quote from: Des Wigwam on June 05, 2022, 09:31:29 AMStill think Christopher Walken is such a weird get for a small British sitcom and then I think of things like Robert De Niro advertising white sliced bread or Andi Macdowell in Cuckoo (also Taylor Thingy and Andy Samberg now I think about it. What's Greg Davies got on people?)

Rutger Hauer in some obscure hospital sitcom on Dave.

Des Wigwam

Quote from: olliebean on June 06, 2022, 06:57:50 PMRutger Hauer in some obscure hospital sitcom on Dave.

There is no way there hasn't been a biggest name / most obscure sitcom thread. Is there? Surely.

Guardian loved this - can't find the link right now. Half agreed with their points in the abstract about Merchant. They did draw a nice parallel with him and Victoria Wood re: mundane choices and their comedy value.

If the whole thing of this hasn't landed I'll wait a while to build them up otherwise probably hoover it up tomorrow.

greencalx

Watched the first ep last night (and, characteristically, I'll be viewing this as it airs) and it was more comic than I remembered the first series being. It looks like the characters still have some mileage in them, although not sure it could sustain past this second run.

Des Wigwam

Forced into watching Derry Girls like that and savoured it more. Will see how I feel after an episode and may exercise restraint (probably won't).

greencalx

A lot of good lines in the second ep I thought ("a mortgage and a balloon"). Maybe I misremembered but seems to be playing much more for laughs in this season.

Quote from: greencalx on June 12, 2022, 10:01:27 PMA lot of good lines in the second ep I thought ("a mortgage and a balloon"). Maybe I misremembered but seems to be playing much more for laughs in this season.

Yeah,I think so too.

I've finished it and probably enjoyed this season more than the first for that reason.

Mobius

That's good to hear, I struggled with S1 because it wasn't very funny (nothing wrong with it really, just light on laughs) but might push on in that case.

cosmic-hearse

Quite enjoyed this tonight, though it might be veering into Breaking Bad territory this series (I can see Darren Boyd's character going all Walter White).

Still blows my mind that this was co-written by (notoriously tough) Boston HC musician Elgin James.

olliebean

Quote from: cosmic-hearse on June 13, 2022, 12:44:55 AMQuite enjoyed this tonight, though it might be veering into Breaking Bad territory this series

More Good Girls, I thought.

lauraxsynthesis

Radio 4 is doing their Inside... series on The Outlaws 2 and it's enjoyable so far. Interesting to learn that Merchant had planned to have the characters discuss whether the Colston statue should come down until events got ahead of the plot. 

KennyMonster

Just finished watching this on iPlayer last night.

Enjoyable enough for a BBC One tv show.

Mrs Monster did point out a glaring plot hole (possibly) unless we missed something.....

Spoiler alert
Why did they have to launder the money they were paying back?
Why couldn't they pay back The Dean's stolen cash with cash?
[close]

DrGreggles

Again, like s1, I thought this was decent.
Silly plot, but that doesn't bother me.
Merchant is an excellent physical comedian isn't he.