I have always rated Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant,to date their work has been pretty much faultless,The office will go down in history and Extra’s was a solid piece of work,added to this you have a decent movie in Cemetery Junction and the light-hearted but hilarious Idiot abroad with Karl Pilkington.
Stephen Merchant has always joked with Ricky that all his successful work and roles are Ricky’s personality and in essence Ricky,David Brent and Andy Millman are not worlds apart,they are both witty and sarcastic and most of the time the joke is on them,there are character differences with ego and goatee but not a lot else.
So as we move on to Ricky’s new show Derek, it’s surprising that Ricky has attempted to act for a change,Derek, to put it nicely is slower to catch on than the rest of us,he walks round with the pride of a gimp while his hair is brushed forward to create the same character Ricky used when he is referring to ”simple” characters on his live stage shows.
The show itself is such a let down,I don’t know if Stephen Merchant’s absence is a reason but I honestly think that if he had viewed what Ricky had viewed on day one of Derek he would have pulled Ricky aside and told him it was shite, maybe Stephen is smarter than we think, maybe this was his plan,let Ricky show what he doesn’t know about making great TV and I will come out smelling of roses.
I get uncomfortable when watching Ricky play the rain man (Derek), Ricky is banging on about the fact that he is not disabled,either way I am not against someone playing someone of Derek’s ability, it just makes me cringe when a comedy legend such as Ricky is trying to show range that he just doesn’t have,the show has been described as a light-hearted drama with moments of comedy, I would describe it as a ball ache of a show with moment’s of nauseousness, I am sure any comedian in the future would call their work ”drama” if the laughs failed to arrive.
The Office was not a laugh a minute comedy,it had a brain and was put together and created by people who knew what works and what was funny,it seems one of these people have forgotten these golden rules.