Flight of the Conchords season two - An early look - VIDEO
by Annie Wu, posted Dec 17th 2008 5:01PM
You guys, you guys! Flight of the Conchords is back. The show saw huge success when it premiered on HBO way back in 2007, and the soundtrack has been a must for all comedy fans that have their iPods surgically attached to their ears. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have captured hearts with their awkward deliveries and showed the world that funny music can be original and catchy without sacrificing the jokes.
The second season will kick off in January, but the first episode is already available on FunnyOrDie.com. You can also click after the jump to watch the full episode (US only) and read some words that I thought up about it. Catch the episode before it goes offline in a few days! Naturally, spoilers ahead, as well.
Thanks to some legal issues as the crazy-successful Crazy Dogggz's manager and getting fired by Bret and Jemaine, Murray is forced out of work and has to live in his car. A lot of begging ensues, but Bret and Jemaine are busy with their new job, writing a jingle for Femident toothpaste, the organic toothpaste for women. Greg Proops and Andrea Rosen appeared as the representatives for the gig, showing me that Greg Proops has not changed his hair or his wardrobe since his early days on Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Mel is also infuriated the Crazy Dogggz's betrayal and warms up to Bret and Jemaine again. She has yet to unleash her full creepy, but I can sense it coming. I'm still waiting for Doug to snap one day and go completely insane. Bandana'd Dave is just as obnoxious and cocky as ever (big thumbs up) as he guides Bret and Jemaine through self-management.
But in the end, some work permit matters render the toothpaste gig pointless. The boys get back with Murray, who returns to his old New Zealand Consulate work and comforting desk. All is right with the world once more... Or is it?!
Yeah, it is, actually.
The first episode didn't pack the same punch as some of the better episodes of last season, but that is to be expected. There had to be a way to wrap up the Crazy Dogggz storyline, and this way was pretty much perfect. By the end of the episode, all the characters were right where they started, including Murray, who hasn't let the big time affect his vocabulary, apparently. "Stuff you"? Adorable.
I have faith that this season is going to be hilarious, and I don't mind that the premiere was a little slow. It had its moments. Here are some other bits and pieces that reminded me just how much I love this show: Bret's woven pants, the noise Jemaine makes when Dave sells a pen to Bret for $4, the fact that Bret and Jemaine still wear last season's clothes, unspoken Murray/Greg love, the Polish Crazy Dogggz.
We were treated to three and a half songs in this episode. Opening the season with a Murray number was really surprising. As much as I absolutely adore Murray, I've never understood why he was the only one of the secondary characters that got to sing in little fantasy sequences. "Femident" was all right, and it was good to hear the boys sing something else apart from "Who Likes To Rock The Party?" and "Humans Are Dead." The song about angels doing it isn't terribly laugh-out-loud funny, but reminds us that despite the fact that these songs are comedy-driven, they are also wonderfully crafted and genuinely lovely to listen to.