thanks nonch, I was hoping you would
edit: my thoughts...
The tv show is a very small part of Flight of the Conchords. FotC have existed now for over 10 years, and the show is really just a side project from what theyâ€™re really all about. Just because it has received the most exposure of anything theyâ€™ve done, that doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s the best or most important thing. I believe that what they do best is what they set out to do, write brilliant songs and perform them live in front of audiences.
I think that, as brilliant as it is (and itâ€™s very
brilliant), the show actually sells them short in some ways. The characters that theyâ€™ve created and they play donâ€™t let their real personalities shine (which, of course, is a credit to their acting) like their live shows do. The professionally recorded and mixed versions of their songs often lose something in the translation (many people feel this way about Bowie, for one). And also, I think that they wrote and recorded songs for season 2 that wouldnâ€™t usually be considered good enough to classify as Conchords songs (eg Love is a Weapon of Choice, thereâ€™s not much to it without the video). Iâ€™d much rather hear 5 new songs from them of their usual quality than 15 new songs that are â€œgood enough for the showâ€.
I personally canâ€™t stand the thought of them doing the 3rd season in a different situation (eg with them being famous, or in a different location) to the first two. The whole aesthetic, situation and â€œuniverseâ€ that the first two seasons existed in were absolutely integral to the show â€œworkingâ€ and being as funny and charming as it was. So much more than being able to think of funny scenarios or one-liners was the reality that they existed in.
The show is about being underdogs in the world (being from NZ), being underdogs where you live (being poor in NYC), and being underdogs in the music business, and yet still maintaining a sense of self and dignity (or not
). The fact that they are tiny little fish in one of the worldâ€™s biggest ponds gives poignancy and heart to every moment of the show.
And thereâ€™s the simple fact that failure is funny and success is not. A season that involved the Conchords (of the show) becoming successful would be an entirely different show. It would be an uplifting dramedy about perseverance *retch*.
Basically, I think the scenario they worked with for the first 2 seasons was absolutely perfect, with wonderful supporting characters and a down-trodden feel that suits their dead-pan humour perfectly.
I ALSO think theyâ€™ve played it out. I think the scenario and universe they created was perfect for them, and it was limited (as everything is, really). I think theyâ€™ve done the best they could possibly do, it was utterly brilliant, and it was concluded amazingly (and heart-wrenchingly) well.
Part of creating a masterpiece is knowing when to lay down the pen or the brush (or the omnichordâ€¦) and step away, happy with what youâ€™ve created. And they should be happy.
As I said at the start, the tv show is really just a side-project, or after-thought, of what FotC is all about, B & J have both made that clear a number of times. They never set out to create it, and I imagine they will continue on as they always have done after itâ€™s finished. I think they should get back to writing songs for the amusement of it and the joy of the process, rather than â€œbecause they need one for episode xâ€.
Thereâ€™s any number of other things they could work on together as well.
Those wonderful aliens the guys played in the Drinky Crow Show made me think it would be so wonderful if the guys did some other little show together, but not really under the Conchords â€œbannerâ€. Some little low-budget NZ-based thing... perhaps incorporating Jemaineâ€™s claymationâ€¦?
Anway, thatâ€™s just my two cents.
*cough* ...blame the exchange rateâ€¦