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Monday, May 10th, 2004

Finest Worksong

So I’ve been happily watching the DVDs of The Office season one, finished off the first disc and thought I had another disc to go – but no, the series is only six episodes! The bonus features were alright, but still, I was pretty disappointed that it was so short. I had just been getting into the rhythm and headspace of the show then and it was over. It was far subtler than I’d expected and required more concentration than your typical sit-com. I hear season two and three aren’t isn’t as good and not surprisingly, the American version is supposedly atrocious. Pity. And while I like Martin Freeman, I think he’s going to have to ratchet up the befuddlement to properly portray Arthur Dent in the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy film.

Time to check in with some of the web’s finest e-zines to see what they’ve got on offer.

Splendid is on a tear with thier interview features. Next up – The Mountain Goats.

Stylus gets misty-eyed about Television’s oh-so-rough but oh-so-excellent double live album, The Blow-Up.

Nude As The News gets down to brass tacks with Kurt Wagner of Lambchop about their double-album opuses Aw, C’Mon and No, You C’Mon but neglects to ask him about his other life as Nightcrawler from the X-Men.

Straight has a little chat with Sarah Harmer. From LHB.

I actually went through more than a few drafts of commentary for this Flash Kikkoman soy sauce commercial, but no words can really properly capture its essence. So I’ll let Neil Gaiman, from whom I filched the link, do it for me: “As it is, it becomes a zen cohen: what is the sound of one fish-headed soy-superhero clapping…?” What indeed. Update: Here’s a version subtitled in English. Are the translations legit? I don’t know, but even if they are, they don’t make it any less perplexing.

Webmonkey, RIP. From Blogna.

np – Franz Ferdinand / Franz Ferdinand

By : Frank Yang at 9:41 am
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  1. another Frank says:

    There is no Season 3 of The Office. It was two 6-episode seasons and out for Ricky Gervais and co. And yes, Season 2 is harsher and less amiable than Season 1, as David Brent begins to show less cluelessness and more desperation, so it is not as pleasant to watch. But still very worthwhile, because it’s just so damned clever, the characters are so brilliantly rendered, and there are some absolutely priceless moments. I think Season 1 is one of the most sublimely funny series ever on TV. But I cringe when I think of what the Anerican version will be like. Cheers.

  2. Patrick says:

    Slatch tells of an hour and a half long Christmas special of The Office on some file sharing networks.

  3. simon b says:

    there were two seasons proper, and, as Patrick suggests, a Christmas special; although this consisted of two episodes which were shown on consecutive evenings (the series was promoted from BBC TWO to BBC ONE for this finale)

    It’s also worth pointing out that there are apparently some David Brent motivational films that have been produced for Microsoft.

    Those of you with file sharing networks and fat connections might also want to seek out a series Gervais did – as himself – for much-missed pop videos/Larry Sanders network Play UK, which basically was Gervais introducing some pop videos. Can’t for the life of me remember the name of the programme, but his description of the day it all went wrong for the Jam ("the other two say "Hello, Paul – nice beret; what are you doing with the accordion?") would make some digging worthwhile…