If you make a TV show dumb on purpose, does that make the show any less dumb?
Does it make it easier to just sit back and take the dumb show on its own terms?
Does it make the dumb show any more entertaining?
Nope. Not really.
"Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire" (Thursdays, 11 p.m., Comedy Central) is definitely dumb. Which, in a way, means — mission accomplished.
"It's almost 'A-Team' in the 'Lord of The Rings' Middle-earth and this guy with a conflicted relationship with his promiscuous girlfriend," said executive producer Peter Knight.
"Krod Mandoon," which debuted last week and settles into 30-minute episodes this week, is sort of a sword-and-sorcerers version of "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." It's an over-the-top comedy/adventure about Kr? (Sean Maguire of "The Class" and "Meet the Spartans"), a "thin-skinned and underconfident freedom fighter" who leads a band of misfits and incompetents against the forces of the evil Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas of "Little Britain").
Krod's band includes a fake wizard, Zezelryck (Kevin Hart); a half man/half pig, Loquasto (Steve Speirs) who has the worst aim possible with a crossbow; a flamboyant boy, Bruce (Marques Ray); and Aneka (India De Beaufort), Kr?'s pagan girlfriend who uses her powers of seduction, um, indiscriminately.
The show is filled with double entendres, low-brow humor, bad puns and occasional hilarity. But this is not a low-budget operation — it was filmed on location in Hungary as an American-British co-production, and it looks great.
"I wouldn't doubt (that) for six episodes, it's probably the most expensive first-year sitcom ever made," said executive producer Brad Johnson.
Maguire brings a great deal of charisma to the lead role, and, while the batting average of successful jokes is relatively low, there are some laugh-out-loud moments.
When "Krod Mandoon" just tries to be dumb and funny, it's fairly successful. When it tries to do more than that, well, not so much.
"We kind of put a contemporary post-feminist modern male in a 'Conan the Barbarian' character," Johnson said. "It was a chance to really comment on modern society using this backdrop and also to use magic and sorcery and things you couldn't use in normal storytelling."
"It just opened up the world for us to invent some characters and actually comment on modern society a little better."
Social commentary? Yeah, well, whatever.
It's a little hard to see the commentary through all of the dumbness.
This is a show that's better off when it's more like its intentionally ridiculous title.
"I wanted something comedically redundant," Knight said.
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