|Krod Mandoon||Thursdays 10p / 9c|
|Krod Mandoon Series Preview|
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
In the best tradition of Mel Brooks and "Spaceballs," Comedy Central has developed a screw-ball comedy just for us fantasy fans. Premiering April 9th at 10:00 p.m., Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire takes us to "the time of the long ago past" as we follow the adventures of Krod Mandoon (Sean Maguire) and his inept band of heroes as they take on the evil Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas). In the season premier Krod (the son of a blacksmith and a stay-at-home mom) is on a mission to save his mentor, the great General Arcadius. Helping him are his band of trusty, but not so skilled warriors: Krod's girlfriend Aneka (India de Beaufort) a beautiful Pagan whose weapon is sex; Zezelryck (Kevin Hart), the magician whose only magic trick is his fast talking; Loquasto (Steve Speirs), the half-man/half-swine servant; and Bruce (Marques Ray) an unexpected addition to the group due to his, uh, relationship with General Arcadius. Narrated by Chris Parnell ("30 Rock"), Krod Mandoon is kind of a slap-stick version of "Hercules," with fast dialogue and asides reminiscent of Monty Python movies. Krod is well meaning but slightly sensitive, as demonstrated when an assassin reads a passage from Krod's journal.. what I miss more than the sex is the cuddling..., so Aneka's promiscuity tends to be an issue. His band of warriors is just as likely to hurt his cause as help-- as Krod learns when he is repeatedly hit by arrows shot from Loquasto's crossbow. The gags are over-the-top and sometimes predictable but they're still funny. When Krod urges Aneka to go to the nearest town and get some underwear, you can't help but laugh. When Dongalor is interviewing prospective assassins and exclaims, I love everything about him! He has flair, panache, even brio! Which almost no one has anymore! it's silly in a good way. I liked Krod Mandoon and I've noticed the show is getting pretty good reviews around the net, with Slice of SciFi and SF Signal giving the show lots of love. Reuters came back with a negative review, which shocked me because they had good things to say about "Reno 911," and frankly, I think Krod is funnier. At the very least Krod keeps to an ongoing storyline and I appreciated that. It's not just prat-falls and double entendres. It is, however, heavy on the sexual content, so watch after the kids are in bed. I suggest you take a look at the preview here and check it out. It's good fun and I'm going to go ahead and set my Tivo for a season pass. I'm optimistic like that.