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Old April 18th 11, 21:37   #86
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Re: EpDis: A View From The Gallery

Originally Posted by vacantlook View Post
I would say that jms is an intelligent dude, so any of most of his successful funny is intelligence-based. Most of the funny that fails is stuff done in a more slap-stick manner.
Writing, performing or producing "low" comedy like slapstick is harder than it looks, and is a skill like any other.

I was just trying to think of what other genre shows have really good humor and all I could come up with was Firefly and maybe a handful of moments from the early season of Buffy (and yes I realize they're both Whedon), but that's pretty much it. Original Trek had delightful character moments and I guess that's one of the reasons it'll always be the best. The sequel shows... oof, lame. Oh look, Data has a cat lol.. ugh.

Funniest B5 moment: "Can you hear me?!" "I hear you!" See that.. that's the thing he does so good. Tragi-comic, related to the story, performed by the greatest character actors on TV ever ever (not named William Shatner). Yeah, that's the stuff.

Not stupid Mac and Bo.
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