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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » The Mighty Boosh: Season 2
The Mighty Boosh: Season 2
BBC Worldwide // Unrated // July 21, 2009
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Review by John Sinnott | posted August 13, 2009 | E-mail the Author
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"This is Liquid Music.   [It is] the tears of Mozart mixed with the urine of Mark Knopfler."
The Show:
The Boosh is back with another season of episodes.  Though there are only six shows in the season they are all hilariously off kilter and filled with bizarre ideas.  The set also comes with some good extras making this a must-buy for fans of British comedy. 
In this season a few things change.  First off the introductions that Moon and Noir used to open the show with are gone, which is a shame since they were always funny.  The setting has been altered too.  In this season Howard Moon (poet/philosopher/jazz enthusiast) and Vince Noir (style guru) are living in an apartment in the town of Dalston with Naboo gthe Enigma, a mystic, and his familiar Bollo, an ape.  Howard and Vince have formed a band and are working to create a new sound that will wow the world, especially the studio execs.  Needless to say, they run into quite a few problems.
This time they boys have a run in with a group of Yeti that want to mate with them and they learn the importance of team work when Naboo tells them the story of Rudi van Disarzio and Spider Dijon; the Bongo Brothers.  Howard and Vince visit a Naboo's home planet Xooberon, they accidently summon a horrible demon from the pits of hell to impress some Goth chicks, and Howard catches an hermaphroditic merman named Old Gregg, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The best episode was the season finale, where Howard and Vince leave Naboo and Bollo behind and make their way to America to become huge rock stars.  Or at least they try to.  As Howard demands they take a ship across the Atlantic.  Unable to resist the captain's unruly hair, Vince gives him a mullet cut one evening as he's sleeping.  Unfortunately the captain doesn't like it and makes the two walk the plank and they end up on a small deserted island.  Well, it's deserted until Howard makes a friend, Milky Joe, from a coconut and a stick.  Miffed that Howard and Joe won't let him join their club, Vince makes Ruby, who is quite a looker for a coconut on a stick.  Soon the two are fighting over the only girl on the island, and the plot spins hilariously out of control from there.
The program is just as skewed and irreverent as it was in the first season.  Though the season does have a different setting (it takes a bit to get used to the fact they're no longer working in the zoo) most of the adventures take place outside of the limited apartment and have the feel of the earlier episodes. 
It's a little surprising that the season is as effective and humorous as it is.  The first set of shows was based on The Mighty Boosh radio show, and as such they had time to work on the stories over a period of time to perfect them.  They didn't have that luxury with these six episodes, but they guys managed to be just as funny and wacky as ever. 
Not everything about this season worked however.  The one thing that really fell flat was the talking moon.  In every episode, sometimes twice, the moon in the sky would rotate around revealing a face, which would proceed to pontificate in some way.  For example, in one episode he relates this story:
One time, I saw a man looking at me, yes, with his eyes. And then, he, he picked up a tube. And he looked, in the tube, and he made the moon big, inside the tube. The moon big inside a tube!
Yeah, a real laugh riot.  It's sometimes hard to understand what The Moon is saying because of his silly accent, but even when it's not a factor nothing he says raises a smile.  
The DVD:
The show comes with a stereo soundtrack that suits it well.  There is some directionality and the dialog is clear.  Sometimes the British accents can be a bit hard to understand, but that's mainly for the supporting characters who are adopting silly voices.  In any case that happens only infrequently.
The 1.78:1 widescreen anamorphic picture looks good, especially for a British show that often look a little bit worse for wear by the time the get here across the pond.  The colors are bright and the lines are tight.  There aren't any digital defects worth noting either.  This is a nice solid looking show.
This season set, like the last one, has a good amount of bonus material.  First off there are commentary tracks by the creators and stars of the show, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, and Rich Fulcher.  Like the first season's tracks, these commentaries are a mixed bag.  The three guys have a party atmosphere going, joking about and having a great time, but it doesn't really make for an entertaining commentary track.  There are sections that are pretty funny but those are sprinkled with in-jokes that I didn't get and lines that fall flat.   
The rest of the goodies are on the second disc.  First off is the Pilot Episode (28:42).  It's a different incarnation of Tundra, a story from season one.  There are a lot of changes, mostly with different ad-libbed dialog.  There's also a short (and funny) movie that Noel Fielding and Julian Barrat  made before they created Boosh entitled Sweet (10:42).
Then there are some behind-the-scenes featurettes.  Boosh Publicity (19:01) is a look at what the guys go through when they are promoting the show, from the early morning wake up call through the various PR engagements during the day.  Making of Series 2 (28:31) shows how this season was created and features interviews with the cast and crew.
The disc is wrapped up with several worthy extras including a reel of outtakes (5:05), deleted scenes (14:23), Boosh Music (15:39) (the song from the show reproduced), a photo gallery
Final Thoughts:
This is another hilarious season of a wildly irreverent and avant-guard show.  My main gripe is that it's only six episodes long (that and that The Moon segments are just not funny.)  I'd rather have six great shows than 25 mediocre ones, so it's not a very big complaint.  Like the first season this is a funny, creative, and very bizarre program that any fan of unique humor should pick up.  Highly recommended.
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