Till Death Do Us Part
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To Death Do Us Part is a hilarious comedic drama imported from Europe. For television, it's a short run of 13 episodes. They take real life stories of couples who murder each other, and recreate the circumstances all while being narrated by John Waters. Mr.. Waters of course needs no introduction. He's been one of the creepiest people this reviewer's seen in the past twenty years. He looks like an extra from the Addams Family, and his sharp baritone voice lends itself really well to horror and the dark side.
Unfortunately, it's clear that Mr. Waters was just here to earn a paycheck. He didn't act in any of the episodes directly. He was just always in the background giving important quips pertaining to the episodes. He didn't specifically add anything of importance to the show. The show would have played exactly the same had the axed him all together.
The episodes themselves really surprised me with their abruptness. Each one dials in at right around 20 minutes. No granted, they had to allow time for commercials, but this would have played better in a longer format. I enjoyed most of these stories, they just all seemed very short to me. There was no room for character building or subplots. This just got right to the point and never deviated.
Probably my favorite episode in this lot is the one called "The Strip Club Murders". Now my faithful readers all know how much of a perv I am, but to the newbies, just understand I am a complete pig. It makes perfect sense that this one would be my favorite, because it comes the closest to actually showing nudity. Basically a strip club owner decides to marry one of his dancers. He must not have thought this through, because he was jealous every second of day. Every time somebody looked at her he flipped out. With that mentality, one can pretty much assume what's about to happen and one can easily see how this fits in with the compilation. The girls of this episode were gorgeous, and seeing them prance around in lingerie was quite satisfying.
Some episodes were just flat out hilarious. Another one of my favorite episodes involved a newlywed funeral director. He was a complete nerd and how he landed this chick in the first place is beyond my simple comprehension. So they get married, and she quickly becomes bored. She starts banging her boss at work. Funeral nerd finds out about it, and proceeds to off her. Being that he is a funeral director, you would think that he would be somewhat knowledgeable about the dead, and have some kind of idea about what to do with the body. But he doesn't. The cat and mouse games that ensue between him and cops is just flat out hilarious.
So what you'll find with these discs, is that some episodes are gut busting funny. Some episodes are darn right sadistic and creepy. No episodes really give you any legitimate scares though. If you came for horror, you'll be disappointed. But don't fret horror fans, their was a surprising amount of blood and gore in this series. It actually seemed kind of of odd, being on television and all. But I enjoyed it nonetheless. Overall this series is a solid 3 canner. Overall it's a little better then your average television show. There were some episodes that were downright brilliant. But they were balanced out by episodes that were not so good. Pretty typical of television today. If you want a show where every single episode is brilliant, you'll have to look to Arrested Development. If you want a show that's just fun and will pass the time, then by all means pick this up.
Added: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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