Anybody else pumped? Rave reviews so far. Only discovered In The Loop about a year ago - even if they are only able to recreate half of the brilliance of that film we'll be in luck. Thank God for DVR because between this, GOT and Mad Men, Sunday is becoming quite the night of television.
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That was funny as fuck. "Hoist by your own retard" killed me.
Apart from Chlumsky who I saw In the Loop I haven;t actually seen any of the others in anything. I know who Dreyfus is, but have never watched Seinfeld or anything else she's been in. Thought she was great in this though.
Wasn't too sure about the older guy but he ended up being one of my faves. The wee scene where he accepts he's going nowhere and "tall, dark and tiresome" is going to be above him in 6 months was great.
Although I miss the scathing acerbity of Malcolm Tucker I'm glad that they didn't try and recreate him. I would however love to see him in one episode just ripping them all apart.
I liked it, alot. Thought it flowed very well and was rather funny and laughed a bit all the characters were utilized well especially Dreyfus, Walsh, Hale and Scott. I especially liked the Dan Egan character and see a bit of potential there. Mostly it has the feeling of Thick of it but more so accurately captures what the US political BS is like so natural it feels more like Parks and Rec (which has been a major complaint on the inter-webs) but i don't really see that being a big deal, plus this was just the first episode so they were just introducing everybody. Although there was no Malcolm Tucker type guy in this episode I do kind of hope they do have one eventually, maybe in the second season after they establish every-body's character maybe someone like the chief of staff of the president.
But overall great first episode sucks i have to wait a week, unlike what i did with Thick of It and power-viewed all the seasons in a couple of nights.
Was anyone kind of, sort of, slightly disappointed by this? That's not to say the pilot episode of "Veep" wasn't a solid half-hour of television, but I guess I was expecting more on the level of "In the Loop's" poetic vulgarity.
Maybe a second watch is necessary.
Same here. Seinfeld isn't my thing at all, and I don't think I saw many of the SNLs she was on, so I'm only really familiar with her as one of the yuppie neighbours from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Definitely has a lot of potential here though. "You would sell your soul to the people who make toothbrushes andandandandand toothbrush holders?" destroyed me. Matt "I will redact your fucking face." Walsh will be the one to watch though. His very quick retracted handshake was fantastic.
I was a bit worried that Iannucci's words wouldn't sound right coming out of these people, but I think most of his actors did a great job. Very funny show and it'll be fascinating to see more of his rather unique outsider looking in on US politics view.
"What if Tom Hanks died?"
"What a dark thought!"
To be fair, most of that vulgarity was coming from the curse spewing powerhouse that is Malcolm Tucker, so it's not entirely unexpected that would be toned down somewhat, especially since an attempt to recreate that character would come off as a bit hollow. Fingers crossed for a (probably unlikely) cameo somewhere down the line.
As soon as he said this, I had the sudden dreadful notion that the "president is having chest pains" moment from all the promos was going to be the breaking story that saves them from the retard gaffe. Sooo glad it wasn't.
This was divine, wall to wall killing me. "When a sexual harasser dies, we sign his wife's card, OK? That's how Washington works."
"Is there anything you can't do?" Chlumsky: "Foreplay, direct sunlight..."
And a new verb in my life: Pencil-fucking.
This coming on directly after GoT is patently unfair to other networks. Screw DVRs ruining "appointment TV"; 9-10:30 pm Sundays my life is on lockdown. And I'm DVRing. Stick that in your Nielsen box.
"It's the guy from My Left Foot."
Great first episode. Everything I would have expected from the geniuses behind In the Loop.
And Julia... wow. North of 50 and as smokin' hot as ever. I think there's something about hearing her curse so freely and refer to her left tit that makes her even sexier.
Also, why the fuck can't I get The Thick of It on Netflix?!? AAARRGGH!!!
"Yes, ma'am. Front and back, very little romance."
It amazes me that it's taken this long for anyone to find a good role for Matt Walsh.
I want to pray to the gods that Brad Hall prays to. She was on SNL during, uh, a very developmental time in my youth, and 30 years later? Still, um, developing me.
Spectacular. My wife spent a few years very recently in several Senate offices, and the OEOB before that (where the VP and Secretaries have their offices). They nailed the dumpy chic next to the "I love me" offices of the actual officeholders perfectly.
It is a brilliant move to not look at the politics, but rather mine the depthless humor of the "ties that bind" wrt to the political process and people that work there.
And trust me...there absolutely is an "intern season".
JLD looks fucking spectacular and absolutely kills on screen. Elaine was always my favorite of the Seinfeld foursome, and she has lost none of her chops and timing.
That was fucking brilliant. Considering the pedigrees involved I was extremely confident about this but it seems I had set my sights a bit low. I will love this show. The whole cast kills and the script is a joy.
"next time put an espresso machine in your fucking bitch bag"
and silly little things like a) Gary actually having a wee footstool in his bitchbag and b) the guy standing on it to introduce the VP.
And her getting carried away just because people were laughing and massively miscalculating.
too many lines, I think like TToI it will reward multiple viewings.
I also loved how they were just constantly on their blackberries.
"Did Simon mingle with Garfunkle?"
ah yes :)
Selina glances at the lectern, "Box me."
And the Blackberries is so com-PLETE-ly true to this city. And always Blackberries, no iPhones or Androids. DC is the last bastion of Crackberry addiction.
I certainly warmed up to the pilot episode on my second viewing. Much like AD and Community (and I guess a bit of Parks & Rec as well) most of the humor comes from the subtle, awkward expressions given by each character, and it's much easier to appreciate the second time through.
Also Julia's mini meltdown was fucking spectacular.
“If you can get a senate reform bill through the place it’s designed to reform, that would be amazing. That would be like persuading a guy to fist himself.”
This freaking show is priceless.
Jonah suddenly bowling people over to get Selina's coffee just in case she's his new boss = great moment in ass-kissing history.
“This thing is useless. You could move more air by farting.” “I’m sure you could, ma’am.”
Yeah, he's my favorite character. I loved all the references to (and increased obivousness of) his perspiration problem.
Much as I'm loving the show, I'm hoping they can find a threat level approaching that of Thick of It.
It's not so much that they lack a Malcolm Tucker, as that Malcom (in addition to being a powerhouse character) is a standin for the unease of the Parliamentary system: the idea that the government can fall with almost no warning, as opposed to the more structured, cyclical nature of American politics. While it's amusing to watch embarrassing or uncomfortable things happening to Selina, or any member of the staff, I do sort of miss that sense that the Apocalypse could be walking through the door at any moment.
Reiterating, though: love the show. Glad it's already up for S2.
I think the show is attempting to find comedy in the inherent dissonance of being the most important understudy in the world. It's an incredibly prestigious position from a distance, with very little direct power when you get right down to it. Armando described it in an interview as a job where "it's all right there. Except it's not."
This is a bit of an odd concept because it means the characters are sort of forced to drum up their own stakes to satisfy their egos rather than face legitimate crises from week to week. But I like it, and I'm down with more Chlumsky in my business. Her parting "Fuck-Point-You" to Dan made me giggle like chimp.
The best part about that was the pause after he said it where the guy decided "yeah, you're alright I guess, but you.."
This week's episode is when the show really began to click for me, while the previous ones felt more like set-up and introduction into their world.
The daughter is a great foil for Selina, a voice of sanity inside the Beltway bubble. My favorite bit was her telling her mom not everything's about her in a room full of big-ass Selina photos.
This week's contributions to cursing venacular: "fistfull of fucks" and "mixing bat shit with monkey shit."
Jonah seems to be challenging Schmidt from New Girl for being television's premier douchebag who's hysterical as a fictional character, but if you knew someone like that in reality, you'd revel in horrible things happening to him.
And after years of wondering what the holy hell ever happened to her, I'm glad to see Anna Chlumsky back on the pop-culture radar and it not requiring her being arrested for being found passed out in an Old Navy high on inhaled bath salts.
Hey, that police sketch rape face gets 8s. Consensually!