Third Season...Totally out of steam
I have been watching one season per weekend on DVD. I've heard of this show for years but had never seen a single episode until now.
The first season was pretty funny; the second season had a few laughs but seemed to be retreading, and the third season is a total waste of time. Ho hum...we have to go through the whole rigmarole of assembling the same old cast, and hearing those STUPID catchphrases that were tiresome after the first series. Then we just go through stock sitcom situations.
What holds it together is the amazing Leonard Rossiter, who has wonderful timing and delivery. In the first season especially he shows his mastery of various characters and dialects. The rest of the characters are flat and repetitive. "Super!" "I didn't get where I am today..." "Dullsville Arizona!" What is wrong with British audiences? Is this their idea of humor...repeating the same silly sentences each week? The Goons did it in the 50s: "I've fallen in the water" "What what what what what??" And it still goes on today, as spoofed by Ricky Gervais in "Extras."
Anyway...it was worth seeing this old classic but sad at the same time, because it was a good idea that ran out of steam before it ran out of episodes.