Good entertainment has been especially important since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. After all, the things we could do have been severely restricted in all this time, so something that served to evade us was always welcome. There are several series and movies that I have enjoyed in all this time, but I think none as much as ‘The Goes Wrong Show’.
The series is an original BBC production that finally arrived in Spain thanks to Amazon. The bad news is that ‘the Goes Wrong Show’ is leaving Prime Video this next Sunday, February 28 and with this article I would like to explain why I think it is well worth it that you give it a chance before that happens.
But what the heck exactly is ‘The Goes Wrong Show’? The simplest thing would be to define it as a six-episode comic anthology – there is also a later special that has not appeared in the Amazon catalog – of half an hour in which each one of them deals with a different genre, from the Christmas story to the judicial drama, also passing through terror. In this way, the necessary variety is achieved so that Mischief Theater do your magic and quickly gain the complicity of the public.
Perhaps there are some readers who have had the opportunity to see in Madrid ‘The function that goes wrong’, a Spanish version of the play that made the company known. For them it is enough to say that it is a humor in the same line without being a mere repetition, but for others it should be clarified that they resort a lot to a combination of physical comedy, use of the absurd, puns, a little parody point and lead to limit the need for move on with the story despite all the setbacks you may encounter.
Of course, the latter is perfectly integrated into the scripts to achieve a feeling of naturalness that connects with the public. There is nothing left to chance and there is a comic purpose, always looking for the right tone to make it as accessible as possible. And it is that here what is really elaborated is not so much the jokes as the way to build everything around them and flow with amazing energy.
So much so that in a revision it is not that it does not lose the slightest grace, because on more than one occasion it is likely that you are laughing before even what has to cause it happens. It is no longer just a matter of timing, but of the brilliance with which it is written knowing that it has function well beyond the possibility of choosing to be a throwaway hobby. Note that you can also approach it as a spectator and I doubt that you will get bored at any time.
However, do not expect that in ‘The Goes Wrong Show’ there is a continuity between its episodes beyond the way they have to approach what counts. The key is in how to try to approach in a series way what at all times is destined to be a lack of control of the most measured. There the contribution of its wonderful cast is also essential, with each of those involved exhibiting an impeccable handling of comedy and giving everything on stage.
That control in the scripts is also transferred to other technical sections that will surely give rise to very uncomfortable situations in the filming by transferring that maxim of moving forward no matter what happens to being the scenarios in which everyone who is affected happens. . In this way, it is possible to further blur the fact that ‘The Goes Wrong Show’ has a lot of theater recorded with just the right amount of locations and accessories, something to which its lace is also taken out for humorous purposes.
And it is true that not all jokes work – although the degree of success is dangerously close to it – and that some episodes are better than others – although the “worst” of them would continue to be highly entertaining and to which to return from time to time- , but the great constant that one will find in ‘The Goes Wrong Show’ is fun. Sometimes you smile, other times you laugh and there are situations in which you even stop listening to some dialogue because your laughter covers everything.
It is true that there is nothing revolutionary in it and that what they do may seem simple, but it is that one of the bases of their success is in their universality, in being able to transmit that idea without at any time being viable to defend that anyone I could write something like that. With a similar humor and intentions perhaps, with this result no joke. Essential.