An Idiot Abroad the Complete Series 1 & 2
An Idiot Abroad was devised by the devilish
Stephen Merchant and the wicked Ricky Gervais with the concept being to
send their friend Karl Pilkington to the seven wonders of the
world (season one) and then arrange a "bucket list" for our bumbling
idiot in season two. Along the way Karl is put into a variety of
uncomfortable situations for the amusement of Stephen, Ricky and the
audience. Interestingly enough, very little time is actually spent
within each episode focusing on each wonder of the world or the intended
bucket list, rather the audience gets to witness Karl bumbling through
encounters with locals and animals.
Stephen, Ricky and Karl have long worked
together on radio, creating podcasts on a whole range of different
topics. When the three of them are together it is very funny as they
balance each other out and they are able to bounce off each other. By
moving Carl to another country and having Ricky and Stephen as the
invisible puppet masters that balance is destroyed. Karl somehow begins
the star and a healthy dose of schadenfreude comes into play.
Not even the Great Pyramid can impress
Season two is of a similar premise and once
again stars Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant who bring
you another brilliant 8 episodes of this awesome show. The premise is
simple enough; take the "idiot", Karl and put him into situations that
throw him so far out of his comfort zone that hopefully he reacts badly.
Whilst Karl is reasonably true to form in
this series, he also steps up and beyond in taking part in the various
jobs that are assigned to him. Those jobs are pretty cool to be honest
as he has to travel to various parts of the world and do things from a
"bucket list", a list of things that people would like to do before they
die. This list becomes the premise for this series and Ricky and Steve
send Karl off to fulfil different things from the list, but of course
they also send him off course to get questionable stuff done as well.
A poorly Karl is about to swim with the
Dolphins... err... sharks!
As with the previous series, Karl's honesty
is utterly refreshing, and his outlook is sometimes a character itself.
The places Karl gets to see are both places of breathtaking beauty and
heartbreaking poverty. Seeing him struggling with only building one hut
in Africa at first seems as though he is merely bitching about the task
at hand until you realise that he actually doesn't think what he is
doing is anywhere near enough to help the overwhelming poverty there.
He does have a win though when he tricks
Ricky Gervais into buying five more huts by pretending he did a pretty
freaky bungee jump. The show is an utter delight to watch, and viewers
will find themselves watching the whole series in a couple of sittings.
In fact my only complaint for both series is that there are not enough
episodes. Needless to say, it's just so much fun to watch, and so
hilarious, there were times I laughed so hard I found it hard to breath.
All in all, this collection is a must have for fans or for those who
missed this the first time on TV. Add in some fun special features from
a Preview Show, Deleted Scenes and my favourite Pilko's Pump Pants and
this is well worth your money and the perfect watch!