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DVD Review: The IT Crowd: The Complete Third Season
by Paul Schultz
Published: September 23, 2009
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Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: September 15, 2009
Distributor: MPI Home Video
· Graham Linehan
· Richard Ayoade
· Chris O'Dowd
· Katherine Parkinson
· Matt Berry
· Official Site
· IMDb: The IT Crowd
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If you have ever uttered the question, "Have you tried turning it off and on
again?" or "Are you sure it's plugged in?" repeatedly, passionately,
obsessively, then you are the target audience for The IT Crowd. The British
sitcom compiles all six 23-minute episodes of Series 3 (as it's known "across
the pond") in The Complete Third Season for consumption by American audiences. A
pilot for an American version of The IT Crowd was filmed by NBC in 2007, but got
the proverbial blue screen of death before it ever aired. So, we here in the
States must content ourselves with this import, and wonder what might have been.
Reynholm Industries is housed in a magnificent facility in central London, with
beauteous views of the skyline appreciated by all employees... except for the
scorned members of the IT department. The Information Technology support team
has been banished to the basement of the building, where it is hoped they will
be out of sight, out of mind. It is there that technicians Moss (Richard
Ayoade) and Roy (Chris O'Dowd) contend with new computer-illiterate overseer Jen
(Katherine Parkinson), who has bullshitted her way into being named head of the
IT department by the boss, Douglas (Matt Berry). Actually, her official title is
"relationship manager" since it is her responsibility to somehow administer the
interaction between her socially inept staff and the rest of the company that
depends on their services.
Moss is the stereotypical computer nerd, whose detailed knowledge of specialized
technical subjects throws a wrench in nearly every instance of social interplay.
And he lives with his mum. Roy is a laid back Irishman who expends great effort
in avoiding his assigned tasks, and exudes his version of cool by donning a
different geek-related t-shirt in every episode.
The stories themselves vary wildly in quality. A refreshing element is that the
humor is derived by actions without resorting to cruelty. By my count, two are
stellar, and the rest are just "okay." We'll start with the detritus and end
with the jewels.
Series 3 opens "From Hell" with Jen hiring a contractor that Roy swears he has
seen on an ITV documentary "Builders From Hell." Now, Jen has to keep an eye on
him, so he doesn't urinate in her sinks. Meanwhile, Moss is bullied by a group
of teenagers, and Roy takes it upon himself to give him advise on how to stand
up to them. Douglas spends the pension fund on gold flakes for the water supply,
and can't understand why business is "off." He finds a service revolver left
behind by his father, and manages to shoot himself Plaxico Burress-style. Moss
calls for help, then absconds with the gun to chase off his harassing ruffians.
Jen's fears are realized, but technology foils her attempt to gather evidence.
"Are We Not Men?" finds sports-challenged Moss and Roy struggling to prove their
manliness by becoming well-versed in football (that would be "soccer" for us
Yanks) parlance. Moss discovers a website that teaches authentic phraseology and
the two geeks utilize this new technology to make friends with a bunch of "real
men." Meanwhile, Jen has embarked on a troublesome date with a man who looks and
acts like a stage magician, despite vociferous denials. Roy unwittingly assists
his new chums in a robbery, rings the police to report suspicious activity, and
hangs with his new pals at their hideout until Moss arrives to ask him if he has
alerted the authorities.
Friendface me, baby!
Roy and Jen do some social networking with each other -- across
the room -- as Friendface becomes an office obsession.
"Tramps Like Us" sees Jen applying for a new job until the interviewer stumps
her by asking what "IT" stands for. Roy crashes a minute of silence for a dead
colleague, an acts that ends with him shirtless out on the streets. Moss has a
particularly rough episode, getting both concussed while trying to escape a
prank, and electrocuted by sex pants. What was that last part? Oh, yeah, as part
of a sexual harassment settlement, Douglas is legally obligated to wear
self-tasering trousers that trigger upon arousal.
In the concluding episode, "Calendar Geeks," Roy's flirtation with the girls of
the seventh floor lands him the plum job of photographer when they want to make
a nude calendar for a charity fundraiser. Jen puts the kibosh on that idea, and
suggests to the girls that they get their grannies to pose instead. Then,
Douglas pins responsibility for the success of that calendar squarely on Jen's
shoulders, and she suddenly wants to go back to Plan A. Unfortunately, that bird
has flown, and Roy gets the much less desirable task of drafting Moss to compile
a "geek calendar."
Head and shoulders above these episodes are a pair of gems -- "The Speech" and
"Friendface." As recipient of �Employee of the Month,� Jen is required to speak
to company shareholders about her area of expertise. She seeks help from Moss
and Roy for "The Speech" and they see a golden opportunity to humiliate Jen in
retaliation for winning the undeserved award. They cook up a dandy dialogue,
complete with visual aid. Moss reveals to Jen a small black box equipped with a
single blinking red LED light. The exchange that follows sits atop a pedestal as
the funniest scene of the season, and maybe the entire run of the show:
Jen: What is it?
Moss: This, Jen, is the Internet.
Moss: That's right.
Jen: This is the Internet?
Moss: [Moss is nodding his head]
Jen: (suspiciously) The whole Internet?
Moss: (agreeably) Yep. I asked for a loan of it, so that you could use it in
Jen: It's so small.
Moss: That's one of the surprising things about it.
Jen: Hang on, it doesn't have any wires or anything.
Moss: It's wireless.
Jen: Oh, yes, everything's wireless nowadays, isn't it... yeah. So, I can
really use it in my speech? What if someone needs it?
Moss: Oh, no, no, people will still be able to go online and everything. It
will still work.
Jen: Oh, good, good...
Moss: I tell you, you present this to the shareholders and you will get
quite the response.
Jen: Can I touch it? [Picks it up.] It's so light.
Moss: Of course it is, Jen. The Internet doesn't weigh anything.
Jen: No, of course it doesn't [nervous laughter.]