Welcome to 2015's Advent Calendar! This year, I will be spending the run-up to Christmas reviewing some of the DVDs I've got in my collection or shows and films I have seen on various outlets, such as Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video. Tonight, I begin with "Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire". Billed as a comedy fantasy show as Red Dwarf meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it consists of six episodes of roughly thirty minutes each.
The story is set up with a typical fantasy narrator telling the tale of rebels against an evil empire oppressing people. Kröd Mändoon is one of the leaderless rebels. What's with the umlauts?
The opening credits show promise with lots of clips of action scenes.
There is a bit of obvious humour, the emperor's name is Xanus, which rhymes with anus. I wonder if that will supply any jokes? Oh, it did.
Apart from Kröd Mändoon, there's Zezelryck, a magician who actually is useless, Grobble, some sort of pig-like idiot humanoid which is Kröd's faithful servant, and Aneka, a Pagan female warrior "whose weapon of choice is sex", dressed like a Xena Warrior Princess clone who clearly and completely fails the Bechdel Test. Joining them is Bruce, the lover of the late General Arcadius (who dies in the first episode), for disappointing, pathetic camp comedy value.
Opposing them is the bad guy Chancellor Dongalor, played by Matt Lucas, who probably is the best character in the programme. The amoral Dongalor is the most appealing by virtue of he gets the best lines, and is boundless in his killing, vulgar sexism, with various characteristics and ticks and catchphrases. "Daggers!" he says, when confounded.
There are quite a few good lines, with a bit of a titter when they have a toast: "Death to oppression!"
To which the reply is unfortunately "To oppression!"
There is an open ending to the series, which Lots of comedy violence, sexual inneuendo and evil shennanigans from Dongalor makes for a fun few hours, but it's obviously not one for taking too seriously. It's definitely one for a night in with a pizza and a beer.