As the year draws to a close, everyone begins to think in retrospect. Magazines publish list after list of the “Top Ten (insert noun) of 2009!” Movies, TV shows, actors, actresses, fads, etc. get neatly organized into bests and worsts. Looking back, 2009 has been a year of loss, and not only because of the many celebrities who passed away. 2009 marked the end of the show “Flight of the Conchords.” After struggling to make enough songs for their second season, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie decided to end the show after only twenty-two episodes.
For those poor, unenlightened folks who have not seen the show, it is about two bandmates from New Zealand trying to make it in New York. The songs are hilarious, but the humor is very deadpan so it can be either hysterical or not funny at all, depending on the person. The writing is excellent and the songs, although admittedly silly, are actually quite good. And of course, Bret and Jemaine are both great actors. If I could invite anyone over for dinner you can be sure Bret and Jemaine would be on my list!
Although for us dedicated fans the end of the show seems completely horrible, there is a bright side. Had they continued with the show and the writing had gone downhill, it would have been even more of a tragedy than quitting while they’re ahead. It’s hard to pick favorites, but for newcomers to the series, some highlights from the seasons are the episodes Bowie and New Fans from Season 1 and New Cup, The Tough Brets, and NewZealandTown from Season 2. But in order to get the full Flight of the Conchords experience, it’s best to watch both seasons completely!
So while we mourn the passing of such a brilliant show, we can take comfort in the fact that we can get both seasons from our local libraries!
~Hannah, Teen Center Advisor