The Knights of Prosperity: Pilot (series premiere)
(S01E01) The Knights of Prosperity is a show with all the right ingredients, and yet, the result feels more than a little half-baked.
Donal Logue plays Eugene Gurkin, a janitor who decides he wants a change when a co-worker falls over dead on the job. Gurkin doesn't want to die never having made something of himself, so after a failed attempt at securing a loan to open his own bar, he decides to rob Mick Jagger. All of this happens in about the first ten minutes of the episode, so you either buy into the concept right away or you don't. This is a sitcom after all, and not a feature film, so they have to get into it right away. Still, a little more set up would have been nice.
As for Mick Jagger himself, he appears a few times throughout the episode, showing his luxurious home to a film crew for the E! channel. Like any eccentric millionaire, his home is filled with unnecessary things, such as a swimming pool made especially for his dogs. The scenes with Jagger would be much funnier if Jagger wasn't so obviously amused by what he was saying and didn't deliver his lines as if he were the lead in a high school play.
The Knights of Prosperity does have some funny moments and concepts: I laughed when Gurkin tells his crew of future Jagger robbers he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but rather a "plastic spork in my ass." Later, he prays with his friends and asks God to help them rob Mick Jagger.
There's also Gourishankar, or "Gary" as his friends insist on calling him, who hires an intern to help them out. It's a funny idea, and it's a great way of showing that these men have no idea what they're doing. Unfortunately, the show is also hampered by too many comedy cliches and ideas that have been done before, like the riffs between people of different ethnic backgrounds, and the silent, androgynous Asian who lives with Mick. The Knights of Prosperity wants you to embrace these crazy characters and the crazy adventures they're about to embark upon, but wants to do it with as little effort as possible.
Granted, this is only the pilot episode, so maybe all those kinks will be worked out as the season progresses, and it does have at least one thing going for it in Donal Logue, who's an incredibly likable leading man. My initial response, however, is that a few scattered laughs isn't going to be enough to keep me glued to my TV screen.