Last night, Comedy Central premiered its new fantasy comedy series, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, but despite an aggressive ad campaign, I can’t imagine its prospects are too bright. The show’s premise had promise – It seemed to resemble a goofier The Princess Bride—but its execution left plenty to be desired. The series’ chancellor villain – played by Matt Lucas – came off as Dr. Evil light, and I have a hard time getting behind a program whose only female character is a scantily clad woman that sleeps with her enemies to fend them off instead of opening up a can of whoop-ass. (And my feminist rage-o-meter officially exploded off the charts during the episode’s pagan gang-bang. See below for clip). That being said, I did laugh at some of its juvenile jokes—yes, including Horst Draper, lord help me—and I find Sean Maguire to be a charming leading man worthy of a vehicle far superior to this one (think of him as a Ryan Reynolds in training). And I can’t help but love me a John Rhys-Davies cameo.
What did you think of the show, PopWatchers? Was it stupid, or silly fun? Here’s my official review, which appeared in EW last week: Warrior Kröd aims to defeat an evil chancellor with his band ofmisfits: a pagan girlfriend, an inept sorcerer, a dim-witted slave, andhis mentor’s male lover. The fantasy spoof’s gags are infantile, but aJohn Rhys-Davies cameo brings class to a show that boasts a runningjoke about bestiality.
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