REBEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX
CHANNEL 9 really has its HD channels right. While summer programming on other stations has made me want to prise open my eyes with a TV remote, Gem and GO! have been dishing up some genuinely good American and British shows, most unknown to me.
Gem has introduced me to Southland, The Big C and Rizzoli and Isles, while GO! has brought me Pretty Little Liars. The Inbetweeners could be another Peep Show I thought as I excitedly put the preview disc into my DVD player. It’s not . . . not even close. Which is annoying because I really thought I was going to like it . . . because for a start, it has cool credits and they’re normally a good indicator.
But it’s so obvious and contrived. Is it trying to be ironic by making the acting so bad? The dialogue is incredibly stilted, it’s like they’re not even trying to act, just delivering lines.
It’s won a few British TV awards, but I simply don’t see the humour — it’s about four loser friends who insult each other and try to get with girls. What’s so creative about that?
Sure, there’s the odd funny line, but it’s delivered in a droll, lacklustre fashion.
Neil (Blake Harrison)
Big pressie: Blake Harrison