I have just spent the last 27 minutes 29 seconds watching the very first, and long awaited, episode of HBO’s Flight Of The Conchords. As you may well know, FoTC (self-described as the fourth most popular folk parody duo) is made up of Bret McKenzie & Jermain Clement. Astute readers may recognise the latter from a previous TMC post, Eagle vs Shark, in which he stars with Lauren Horsley in Taika Waititi’s feature.
As you’d expect from heavyweights HBO, FoTC is wonderfully realised, and another example of highly original TV, including the duo breaking into song at oppertune moments and having their music videos shot on mobile phones. From HBO’s website:
“Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City.
Bret and Jemaine have moved to New York in the hope of forging a successful music career. So far they’ve managed to find a manager (whose “other” job is at the New Zealand Consulate), one fan (a married obsessive) and one friend (who owns the local pawn shop) — but not much else.”
TVNZ certainly missed a trick here. The boys apparently came to the commisioning department a while ago, with the idea for the show, but were shot down. As FoTC explained,
“We don’t blame TVNZ for turning down our idea. In all honesty, it didn’t fit with their high quality, intriguing television programming such as Top of the Class.”
As is often the case, things have worked out in their favour in the end. HBO are world reknowned for producing fantastic , genre busting telly. Think Entourage, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Extras (ok, with the beeb, but you get my point). These two gentlemen will now be recieved by the wide audience that their talents deserves.
New Zealand viewers, unfortunately, will have to wait until later this year to watch FoTC. On Prime. If they get it. And another fine example of a trick missed by the state broadcaster.
Luckily tho, i am a geek, and i live in the intrawebnet, and can find all sorts of gems tucked away amoungst the nonsense..
p.s. did i mention that it was great? it was..
look, here are some FoTC MP3s for you!