Well, I’ve finished watching seasons 3 and 4 of The IT Crowd, and I am gutted that it is over! Yes, they’re planning some sort of special sometime in the future, but it’s all so vague that I don’t really think it’s ever going to happen.
To continue my raving review from last week, I must say that this show gets funnier and funnier as the seasons go on. As a result, the second to last episode of season four was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Yes, it’s unsubtle, it’s a bit predictable, but it is so good and the acting is so funny, that I absolutely adore it.
On a side note, I have done a bit of research and find that NBC made a pilot of an American version of this show. What? First of all, why do American networks just take shows from England and make them worse, then show them here? (Have I mentioned, they are making some shite American version of Sherlock where Watson is a woman?) Can anyone think of an example of when we’ve taken a show and made it better? Ever? Secondly, I have learned that Richard Ayoade was still going to play Moss, but Joel McHale was playing Roy?! what.
Also, as this video shows, just like with the first episode of the US Office,they have taken it scene by scene and recreated it, but worse. Joel McHale is great at playing an incredibly self-absorbed douche on Community, because it seems believable. No one believes he would be best friends with Moss, or would work in the basement in IT. You can’t just slap a goofy t-shirt on him and convince us he’s socially awkward. Not with all that gel in his hair.
So, pretending that travesty never existed, I return to the purity of the UK version. Season three features some great scenes, including one where Roy and Moss try to hang out with ‘real’ guys by memorizing some football speak from a website called Bluffball, such as “Did you see that ludicrous display last night?” and “The problem with Arsenal is they always think they can walk the ball in”…and the two of them end up aiding and abetting a ring of criminals, after Roy has called the police on those same criminals. After that, they learn not to try to hang out with normals. Another highlight is Roy and Moss convincing Jen that the internet is this:
After promising to be careful with it, Jen is permitted to take it to give a speech after she wins employee of the month. Jen declares how important and valuable the box is to her audience, stressing the total shutdown of modern society if anything should happen to it. Roy and Moss thinks it’s hilarious, but the audience believes her completely. When the box gets smashed, they panic and start looting the place.
Season four includes an episode where Moss becomes a pseudo-celebrity after appearing on the brainy TV quiz show Countdown, and goes to a special Countdown groupies club. The greatest episode of the season, as I said, is the second to last one, where Roy and Moss skip out of work halfway through the day and Moss goes through a bit of a rebellious phase. Moss steals DVDs, the two attempt to help defuse a bomb, and the entire department is threatened with firings.
I am really sad that this show is over just when I discovered it, but that’s not unusual for me. I usually fall in love with things three or four years after they’ve stopped being on the air. Still…here’s hoping they make that special after all.