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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Tuesday January 07, 2003
08:04 AM


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One of the things I gave my wife for Christmas was the complete set of Blackadder on 4 DVDs (all the episodes in all 4 series, but none of the specials). We're onto the second series now (actually I think tonight we'll see the last episode in Blackadder II), and they are so funny they make me laugh out loud (I've seen them all before - but they're not the type of thing you get sick of seeing again). I think Blackadder is possibly the funniest TV series ever made.

The first series was odd though. It's hard to put a finger on exactly why the first series wasn't funny. It has different writers: Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, whereas later series were all written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. It focuses a lot more on different characters, whereas later episodes focus more on Blackadder himself. And Blackadder isn't as smarmy in the first series. Still worth watching though.

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  • We borrowed the DVDs from friends and I reluctantly began to watch them. I had only seen the first series before and found it to be very annoying.

    By the end of the second season I was a convert. Very funny stuff. I thought they got better with each series.

  • The first series featured a repellant protagonist and less of the great wordplay that characterized the second and third. A lot of that wordplay came from competition between Atkinson, Elton, Fry, and Laurie to outdo each others' figures of speech, and three of those four weren't part of the first season.

    The second season is the highlight for me. Queenie is a brilliant foil for Blackadder, and it was all fresh. Three and four have too many ridiculous metaphors (some brilliant ones too, to be fair: "a p