"This is Liquid Music. [It is] the tears of Mozart mixed
with the urine of Mark Knopfler."
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
funny. The setting has been altered
too. In this season Howard Moon
enthusiast) and Vince Noir (style guru) are living in an apartment in
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
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
tells them the story of Rudi van Disarzio and Spider Dijon; the Bongo
Brothers. Howard and Vince visit a Naboo's
Xooberon, they accidently summon a horrible demon from the pits of hell
impress some Goth chicks, and Howard catches an hermaphroditic merman
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
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
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
longer working in the zoo) most of the adventures take place outside of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
from the show reproduced), a photo gallery
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
Moon segments are just not funny.) I'd
rather have six great shows than 25 mediocre ones, so it's not a very
complaint. Like the first season this is
a funny, creative, and very bizarre program that any fan of unique
pick up. Highly