Flight Of The Conchords: Season 1 – DVD Review

Available at Amazon.com

Studio: HBO Home Video
Release Date: November 6, 2007
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 12
Running Time: 360 Minutes
MSRP: $29.98

Creators:

James Bobin
Jemaine Clement
Bret McKenzie

Cast:

Jemaine Clement.………Jemaine
Bret McKenzie.………Bret
Rhys Darby.………Murray
Kristen Schaal.………Mel
Frank Wood.………Greg
Arj Barker.………Dave

The show:

For those of you who have HBO you are most likely already aware of the greatness that is Flight Of The Conchords. However, if you’re poor like me and can’t afford paid cable then this DVD is going to open up a whole new world of amazing to you.

Back in New Zealand, Flight Of The Conchords were the 4th most popular comedy folk duo. Perhaps do to such stringent competition Bret and Jemaine have decided to try their luck in New York. But is the Big Apple ready for a couple of kiwi’s?

Jemaine and Bret play, well, Jemaine and Bret, the two members of the struggling band, Flight Of The Conchords. Both men are enjoyably inept in the ways of being a rock band, surpassed only by the super inept band manager, Murray. Together they brave the strange and dangerous streets of New York, attempting to get legitimate gigs and avoiding their one stalker fan, Mel. Witness the pathetic lows and rare highs as they try to make it big and fail every step of the way.

There is no simpler way to put this: These twelve episodes are pure gold. Jemaine, Bret and Rhys all have amazing comic timing and play up the awkwardness of every situation masterfully. Whether they’re getting mugged, filming a music video with a camera phone or being visited by David Bowie in a dream, you’re sure to smile, laugh and tap your foot to their fun catchy memorable songs. You’ll be sucked in from minute one.

Episodes:

Disc One:

Sally

At a party Jemaine meets the “most beautiful girl in the room” and falls for her hard. One problem: Sally is Bret’s ex. Bret says it’s okay but this soon a rift builds in the band.

Songs: Part-Time Modle (aka The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room), Humans Are Dead (aka robots), I’m Not Crying (aka Crying)

Jemaine: “And when you’re on the street/Depending on the street/I bet you are definitely in the top three…/Good looking girls on the street.”
Bret: “Depending on the street.”

Bret Gives up The Dream

Unable to pay rent or even eat Bret gets a job as a sign holder. This is great at first until The Conchords get a gig and Bret can’t do it cause he’s working. Left alone Jemaine looks to a tape cassette as a new band mate.

Songs: Inner City Pressure: She’s So Hot, BOOM!, I Like To Rock The Party

Jemaine: “Counting coins at the counter at the 7 Eleven,/From a quarter past six to a quarter to seven./The manager Bevin, starts to abuse me,/Hey man, I just want some Muesli.”

Mugged

Bret and Jemaine walk down the wrong alley and get mugged. As they try to escape Bret leaves Jemaine behind leading him to no longer trust Bret.

Songs: Hip-hopopotamus vs The Rhymenocerous, Think About It, Think, Think About It

Jermaine: “Oohh, come on, sont zootka they’re turning kids into slaves/They’re turning kids into slaves just to make cheaper sneakers /But what’s the real cost, cause the sneakers don’t seem that much cheaper /Why are we still paying so much for sneakers when you got little kid slaves making them /What are your overheads?”

Yoko

When Bret starts dating Coco Murray puts it in Jemaine’s head that she might be a Yoko. So Murray and Jemaine do everything in their power to break them up.

Songs: Coco’s Song, If You’re Into It, Sellotape (aka Pencils In The Wind)

Jemaine: “How about you,/And two dudes?/Him, you, and Stu./In the nude, being lude with two dudes with food./Well, that’s if Stu’s into it, too.”

Sally Returns

Sally returns into Bret and Jemaine’s lives leading them to believe they might have a second chance with her. Coco realizes Bret is still in love with Sally and must make a decision.

Songs: Business Time, Song For Sally

Jemaine: “The next thing you know we’re in the bathroom brushing our teeth/That’s all part of it, that’s foreplay./Foreplay is very important in love making./Then you go sort out the recycling/Which isn’t part of the foreplay, but it’s still very important.”

Bowie

When Murray wants to take new band photos, Bret becomes insecure about his image. That’s when David Bowie starts appearing to him in his dreams to give him advice!

Songs: Bret You’ve Got It Going On, Bowie’s In Space

Bret: “Does the space cold do funny things to your nipples, making them all pointy? /Bowie. /Do you use your pointy nipples as telescopic antennae transmitting data back to Earth? /Data back to Earth d-d-do, d-d-do, do do /I bet you do you freaky old bastard you.”

Disc Two:

Drive By

When Bret and Jemaine try to buy some fruit from a street vendor they are discriminated against because they are New Zealanders. With this new adversary in their lives they must find away to fight back.

Songs: Albi (Thte Racist Dragon), Mutha Uckas, Leggie Blonde

Jemaine: “The mutha ucka runs a racist uckin’ grocery/The mutha ucka won’t sell an apple to a Kiwi /The shi- fight’s gonna get vicious and malicious /Cut the cra-
I need my red delicious /Tells me as a Kiwi that my money isn’t valid /Gonna dice the mutha ucka like a mutha uckin’ fruit salad /Then… … Granny Smith… … /… an avocado… … b-… -a… … /… a mango… … /Then pop an apple in his ass, yeah!”

Girlfriends

When Bret wingmans for Jemaine as he hits on a girl in a croissant shot, things don’t end up as either of them expected it to. Meanwhile, Murray procures a shady album deal for the band.

Songs: Foux da fa fa, A Kiss Is Not A Contract,

Jemaine: “Just because you’ve been exploring my mouth /Doesn’t mean you get to take an expedition to the south.”

What Goes On Tour

Using the band’s “emergency fund,” Murray sets out with the boys on a warm-up tour to prepare for their big gig in Central Park. However things don’t go as planned and tensions grow between the friends.

Song: Mermaids

Bret and Jemaine: “Is it normal for a guy to wear/A scuba apparatus/When he makes love in the sea?/Make love to me./Would it be weird for you/If I touched your fishy half?/It would for me.”

New Fans

The Conchords fan base triples after a show. But with new competition for the boys affections Mel becomes jealous. And the new girls might want something the boys aren’t willing to give.

Songs: Prince Of Parties, Ladies of The World

Jemaine: “Oh you sexy hermaphrodite lady-man-ladies/With your sexy lady bits/And your sexy man bits too/Even you must be in to you ooo ooo.”

The Actor

After another failed gig Murray becomes depressed. In an attempt to cheer him up the guys hire a semi-professional actor to give him a rejection call from a record company. Only things go hilariously wrong as Murray lands them the fake deal.

Songs: Cheer Up Murray, Frodo

Bret and Jemaine: “Yo Frodo, what you doin’ wearing the ring?/All powerful jewelry, is that your new thing?/I know it’s hard when you’re little more than 3 foot 4/Your little ass so close to the floor./Trying to lead the fellows to the gates of Mordor/The Fellowship!/(Yea the fellowship)/I don’t rap about bitches and hos,/I rap about witches and trolls,/just passing on the words of the Elven king,/Wisdom to all/Frodo! Don’t wear the ring!”

The Third Conchord

Bret and Jemaine are horrified to learn that Murray has hired a new band member: Todd, a bong player. They give him a chance but they don’t like him despite the fact the band is more popular than ever.

Songs: Doggy bounce, Bret’s Angry Dance (instrumental)

The Extras:

Sadly, there is nothing! These guys are really funny and I can only imagine the great extras they could have done. Oh well.

The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for Flight Of The Conchords: Season One
CATEGORY
RATING
(OUT OF 10)
THE SHOW

10
THE VIDEO

9
THE AUDIO

9
THE EXTRAS

0
REPLAY VALUE

10
OVERALL
8
(NOT AN AVERAGE)

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