The Mighty Boosh: Season 2, Episode 5

The Legend of Old Gregg (23 Aug. 2005)

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On what was intended to be a relaxing trip to the country, Howard is taken captive by local terror and legend, cave-dwelling part-fish, part-man cross-dressing (the exact ratios are unclear) Old Gregg.

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On what was intended to be a relaxing trip to the country, Howard is taken captive by local terror and legend, cave-dwelling part-fish, part-man cross-dressing (the exact ratios are unclear) Old Gregg.

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I'm Old Gregg!
11 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This one I didn't quite as enjoy as much as others and simply cannot see fans' admiration for it. Sure, it's a funny episode, with some brilliant interaction between Howard and Vince, but 'Old Gregg' just didn't do it for me, sorry. There simply isn't enough to him as a character that makes him funny. Sure, he's pathetic, a little psychotic and he's got a 'mangina', but to be honest, he never really made me laugh; like Howard said, he's just quite irritating.

The plot as a whole isn't too bad, at least until Howard and Vince are separated. Usually this technique works, allowing both to flex both their characters in hilarious situations before Vince comes in to save the day, but it doesn't work quite so well here. Instead both just kind of wait a little, in a bit of lull until the problem can be resolved. It's a shame too that Barratt's performance seems a little off during the scenes with Old Gregg, never really bringing out any of the humorous sides of Howard. Instead he's portrayed as rather despondent and nothing else.

Nevertheless I did love the fishermen, the tale of the funk, the 'love games' song (one of the best yet!) and the brilliant scenes with Howard and Vince just working the chemistry together; trading dialogue and creating some of the best scenes of the episode. Overall, a good show, but certainly not the classic it's made out to be- the poorest effort of season 2 I'd say.


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