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The Mighty Boosh - Complete BBC Series 3 (DVD)
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The Mighty Boosh - Complete BBC Series 3 (DVD)
Date: 31/08/08, updated on 31/08/08 (86 review reads)
Advantages: Very funny, great music and characters
Disadvantages: Probably won't make much sense first time of watching
Written by and Starring:
Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt
Number of episodes:
Androgynous clothes horse Vince Noir (Fielding) and jazz/ stationery fanatic Howard Moon (Barratt) go about their third series of adventures in a surreal world where the moon talks and they live with a shaman called Naboo (played by Fielding's brother Michael) and his familiar - a talking gorrilla called Bollo.
Eels - In the third series the duo have taken over the shop Nabootique. Whilst Vince is busy tagging celebrities for his "celeb-radar" Howard is struggling to sell his special brand of elbow patches. As Vince goes out to try and tag part man-part flamingo Pete Neon, Howard encounters, green-faced Victorian henchman the Hitcher who threatens to kill him if he doesn't come up with 1,000 euros by midnight. He is forced to dabble in prostitution with "a geezer in a dress" to try and save himself. It also has a very catchy song that you don't want to find yourself singing to yourself around Tesco (trust me)
Journey to the Centre of the Punk - Vince has decided to become a punk and become the frontman of band Terminal Margaret. But after he accidentally swallows a piece of Howard's jazz record voodoo scat (laced with the blood of a jazz musician) Howard has to be zapped into miniature form and kill the rogue jazz cell before it's too late for Vince. The most genius bit of this is clearly through Noel Fielding's love of dressing up. He plays some red blood cells, an immune system, Amy Winehouse style secretary, rogue jazz cell and disco clad brain cell. Plus the classic punk performer of the song "I did a shit on your mum."
The Power of the Crimp: Is absolutely my favourite episode - throughout the other series the duo have often got involved in random little acapellas (about soup, sticklebacks and pancakes) ad this episode goes into that. Vince starts being copied by Lance Dior who then befriends jazzy Harold Boon. Clearly put out Howard and Vince try and come up with new ideas to get back their gig and TV show on BBC3, but are forced into a crimp-off to prove they were its true creators.
The strange tale of the crack fox: Having thrown out a mountain of bin-bags around the back of the shops, Vince sets about removing them only to discover the crack fox - who used to spend his time punting with a tennis rat and racist badger, but became more akin to partying in London gay clubs. He gases Vince and steals a bottle of Naboo's Shaman-juice, the most powerful potion ever. Vince must get the bottle back with the help of a tramp and Howard's bin men friends, before the crack fox takes over the world and Naboo is executed.
Party - It is Howard's birthday so Vince persuades him to have a party. Howard dons a man-girdle to try and impress the ladies before being upstaged by Vince. After he gets caught in a cupboard with an extreme calendar model ( the head shaman's wife) he must convince him he is in love with Howard or be beheaded.
The chokes - Howard is trying to impress a documentary maker by trying to showcase his skills at a variety night hosted by Vince. He seeks the advice of actor Montgomery Flange to help him secure the part. Meanwhile Vince is busy trying to make his legs thinner so he can perform with The Black Tubes who will only let him sing if he has thin enough legs to fit inside a pair of skinny jeans. However things go wrong when recovering alcoholic Sammy the Crab is given beer by the band and goes on the rampage in the club.
A making of documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew. Don't expect anything too serious though - there are clearly a lot of in jokes on set.
Publicity - A behind the scenes look at the tv and radio promotion for the series. Worth a watch, but not the best thing on the two discs.
Mint Royale promotional video
Clips of all the musical performances cut straight from the series
Out takes, which are pretty funny
The trailer used on the BBC to promote the new series
Audio commentaries from Barratt, Fielding and Rich Fulcher, who plays a number of characters in the show - again this is full of in jokes and full of nonsensical noises. But can be quite funny and an insight into the train of thought in creating such odd characters
I only got into the Mighty Boosh at a very late stage and felt I had to start watching it to understand what my were going on about and to see whether tabloid regular Fielding deserved all his coverage.
And to be honest, when I first started watching I just didn't get it at all. But, having stuck with it and acceped it just makes no sense I have come around to love it.
Having watched all three series now I can say this is my favourite - it is the darkest by a long way and the characters are brilliantly written. My favourites are probably the crack fox and the moon, who are probably as different as you can get.
This is not your conventional sit-com, it features the most bonkers storylines ever and will always break off into a song halfway through a scene (all written by Barratt.)
This is definitely the best series and although at times seems to be indulging the duo's love for dressing up in mental outfits it is still worth a watch. I would advise going into it with an open mind, not expecting to understand any of it and prepared to give more than one show.
Plus watch out for the film next year.
Cost on Play.com - £12.99
Summary: Brilliant cult show