Rick & Steve Review: Gay Lego Gets Laughs

October 6, 2009 by  
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RICK & STEVE: Wednesday 7th October, E4, 12am ALERT ME

After Rick & Steve debuted on American television two years ago, Lego launched a lawsuit on the producers.

The company obviously didn’t take kindly to having its merchandise used to create a biting satire in which the title characters claimed to be “the happiest gay couple in all the world.?

Sadly, the show no longer utilises the well-recognised building materials, but season two – which kicked off on E4 last month – shows no signs of losing any of the acerbic writing that attracted a cult following during its first season.

As per usual, the jokes come rapidly and pass before the viewers at breakneck speed, but this is definitely a good thing, especially when there is so much irony to enjoy.

The stop motion animated sitcom follows the lives of three alternative couples – the titular Rick and Steve, Chuck and Evan, and Dana and Kirsten – as they live in the fictional gay ghetto of West Lahunga Beach.

Despite the shows title, there are relationship issues to be resolved constantly, many of which stem from the fact that Rick, Steve, Dana and Kirsten have a baby together (don’t ask).

Fans of the show will be delighted to have this back on TV, and anyone who detests sports, counts calories and enjoys Margaret Cho (she voices one of the characters) will love this.

But it is clever enough to make most people laugh – one highlight of the opening episodes of the series is when a straight man gatecrashes the gay pride march and explains: “The word gay used to mean happy, then you lot changed it to mean queer, but now we’ve taken it back – it means retarded.?

Director Q Allan Brocka takes a shot at most sections of society, but the homosexual in-jokes hit a particularly resonant note. If you can imagine a cross between Will & Grace, Family Guy and South Park, you’re well on your way to picturing this.

A bright and well-observed piece of queer comedy.

Sean Marland