"Is it a hit?" -JemaineI spent a whole lot of "Evicted" trying to parse it for clues about which way the Conchords were leaning about continuing with the show. And when we got to that extremely meta exchange, followed by the guys deported back to a New Zealand sheep ranch (and Murray either deported as well, or simply joining them because he has to keep managing the band), I assumed that this was their farewell.
"It depends how you define 'hit.'" -Murray
"Do people like it?" -Bret
"No, I don't think it was that sort of it. But you enjoyed yourselves, right? That's what it's really about." -Murray
Then I thought back to season one, which ended with the band more or less disintegrating in the wake of the Crazy Dogggz becoming an international phenomenon. That also could have worked as a series finale, but the show came back.
Now, HBO keeps saying no decision has been made, and the guys and James Bobin have been pretty mum on the subject. And the way HBO works with other shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," we may not know there's going to be another season until it's announced, maybe months or even years from now.
And I'm ambivalent about whether I want the show to continue.
In some ways, season two has been even better than season one. I think they've had a better handle on what they want the show to be, comedy-wise, they've made more and better use of the supporting players. And even when the songs weren't that memorable, the quality of the videos was significantly higher.
On the other hand, the songs were, for the most part, less memorable. And now that they've dipped even deeper into what's left of the back catalog -- they finally found a way to work in "Petrov, Yelyena and Me" by making it a nautical nightmare of Bret's -- I wonder what the songs would be like for a hypothetical third season.
I love this show. I'm very happy I got to watch it for two seasons. I'd probably be very happy to watch it for two or three more. But there's certainly something to be said for the idea of walking away before the law of diminishing returns kicks in.
Some specific thoughts on "Evicted":
• I loved every little detail of Murray's musical about the band, from his brief attempt to turn Bret's life into Luke Skywalker's (complete with Greg building a model Landspeeder) to the incredibly literal lyrics that lacked any of the charm or wit of actual Conchords songs.
• A great episode for Mel -- and and for Doug, for that matter -- as the problems in their marriage finally came to a head, then got solved when Mel got to glimpse Doug performing on stage with her beloved band. My favorite part of the break-up montage: Doug reverting to his hard-partying ways once he and Jemaine had moved into the RV. (Mel, of course, gets to keep the house, even though I'm sure it was Doug's.)
• If this is, indeed, farewell, Dave also got a few nice moments, once again trying to make his living situation seem vastly cooler than it is, then turning up as the Statue of Liberty and more or less getting the lyrics right.
So, three questions for discussion:
1. Do you want the show to continue?
2. If it doesn't, do you feel this was a fitting ending?
3. Favorite moments/songs/jokes/whatever from the two seasons so far?
What did everybody else think?