Flight Of The Conchords: The Complete Second Season

Flight Of The Conchords: The Complete Second Season
You can only imagine the pressure Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie faced to try and live up to the first season of their hit HBO series, which not only earned them a Grammy but also a platinum-selling album. A unique blend of daft, sincere and self-effacing humour starring a couple of Kiwi musicians trying to make it big in NYC, the show worked as an outlet for their talents as comedians and musicians. But could they pull off another season? Picking up where they left off, Jemaine and Bret had lost manager Murray to the wildly successful Crazy Dogggz and were down in the dumps. Of course, once Murray is served with a lawsuit claiming his new group's hit ripped off a Polish song from the '90s, well, it's back to business. Where the second season differs most from the first is in how the scripts begin to overshadow the music. While the sexed-up electro of "Sugalumps" ranks as one of their best, "Carol Brown" is a catchy little kiss-off to exes and "Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)" proves a very important point, the songs focus less on parodying genres (a true gift of theirs) and more on just getting ridiculous. Thankfully, they have director and co-writer James Bobin to help them make up for it with such astute storylines as Jemaine dating a sleazy Australian, much to the horror of Bret and Murray, the two getting hooked on hair gel to improve their image, Bret breaking the band's budget when he buys a new tea cup and the nail-biting cliff-hanger that has the band deported back to New Zealand once their visas run out. There's nothing like it on the telly, which is why it's so crucial for them to come back for a third edition - they've obviously proven they have the ability to do multiple seasons. A revealing 24-minute doc shows their whole process: from mapping out their shows and choosing jokes to playing gigs and working the promotional machine touring around the U.S. doing the radio circuit. They admit they never expected to become C-grade celebrities, pampered with fruit bowls. The deleted scenes have some quality moments, especially the Conchords trying to manage themselves and book a gig, struggling to handle all of the ladies in love with their hair gel look and Jemaine the prostitute landing a pretty john. However, Dave's pawn shop ads and Murray and Greg's consulate meetings are worth passing on. (Warner)