Created by: James Bobin, Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement
Cast: Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal, Arj Barker
Synopsis: Jemaine and Bret are back for the second and final season of the series, that sees them through many more misadventures, with no success for their duo anywhere to be seen. This season includes some gems, such as Bret dating an Aussie girl, and a multi-episode story featuring a visit from the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Many bemoan the fact that this popular Kiwi duo decided to end their run after just two seasons on television. Their claims at the time, as I recall, included that they wanted the show to exit on a high while it was still fresh. Personally, I feel this was a brilliant idea, as with this season I thought some cracks were starting to show in the formula, and I was starting to suffer a bit of Conchords fatigue.
That is not to say that the season was by any means bad, but it certainly was not as consistent as the first one. In some cases, it seemed that some extreme situations played for gags just showed these guys to be absolute, selfish jerks. Similarly, whilst Murray’s main laughs come from his ineptitude as a manager, the levels of his inadequacy after a while enter the realm of frustrating as opposed to actually being comedic. Amidst all this, the one character whom does remain consistent is Mel. Mel at extremes is generally still quite funny, even if her appearance in an episode is only brief.
Something else I noticed this season is that there were a lot fewer songs per episode, with some featuring only a single song. For me, these were always the best part of the show, so when one does appear in season 2, though largely I enjoyed them, I found myself asking where the rest of them were. Anyone who has followed Revenge of the Film Nerds for any length of time will be familiar with my personal love of The Lord of the Rings, so when one video had the guys going all Middle-Earth, I found it to be an absolute classic.
The lag in the quality that worried me all occurs around the middle of the season, though it was pleasing that it came home really strong while building to a finale. The visit of the Prime Minister of New Zealand (Brian Sergent), and his attempt to create Little New Zealand in the states made for some absolute gold moments. Overall, though the cleverness still shows through in some of the humour in this season, it does seem the guys struggled to maintain the same level of quality throughout. It was a fantastic series, however it ended at the right time.
3 stars out of 5
Season 2 trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxhx_cod6IM]