Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire Review: Le Geek, So Chic!

June 11, 2009 by  
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KROD MANDOON AND THE FLAMING SWORD OF FIRE, Thursday 11th June, BBC2, 9.00pm Alert Me

I’m not going to lie, Krod Mandoon has a shaky start, with the comparisons to Sean Maguire’s role in Meet The Spartans being just a bit too close for comfort.

There is even a line about boning up for  “a reach around” which is virtually identical to a scene from the pathetic parody. But ultimately, I see what creator Peter Knight was trying to achieve, despite the characters looking like a who’s who patchwork quilt of sci-fi/fantasy stock.

You have the inept sorceror, Zez, who thinks he’s Chris Rock (or the donkey from Shrek, we’re not sure which); Loquasto, the clumsy servant, who resembles Dobby the house elf from Harry Potter if he’d been hit by an Inflato-Ray; Aneka, the hot totty for whom “sex is just another weapon in [the] arsenal” and Bruce, the camp hispanic lover of Krod’s deceased mentor, General Arcadius.

Stereotypes abound, nothing is sacred – homosexuality, bestiality and sex tourism are all covered in the first episode. Subtle, it is not.  Neither is it particularly original, but it is amusing, and even has Matt Lucas who shines throughout as Chancellor Dongalor. Special mention must also be made of Alex MacQueen, who plays Dongalor’s advisor Barnabus whilst bearing a striking resemblance to Professor Snape. Their eerie chemistry aptly demonstrates the sadistic love between servant and master.  The furry codpiece/pagan goat pants exchange is incredibly silly, but you can’t help but chuckle. The Apprentice-style interview  process for assassins is absolutely inspired.

It’s not attempting to hit the upper echelons of intellectual amusement, and why should it. Peep Show it is not, but I’d much rather watch this than The Big Bang Theory. Dare I say it, I  enjoyed Krod Mandoon far more than the first episode of the new Red Dwarf miniseries (oh, boy am I going to regret saying that). It has charmed my inner comic book loving, Tank Girl worshipping, elfish speaking, Ghostbusters pyjamas owning, geek child. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

All they need is a cameo from Verne Troyer or the guy from Willow to complete the fantasy set.

Although I doubt it’ll run past the first series, it is worth checking out, if only for a self-indulgent giggle.

Sally McIlhone