'Krod Mandoon'


Comedy Central's "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire" is exactly as bad as you would fear. The trouble with the network is that it has to be all things to all people, so while it can claim partial credit for genuinely funny shows like "Reno 911!" it also must be held responsible for dreck like "Krod Mandoon."

Instead of humor, creator Peter A. Knight settles for a purportedly "wacky" level of high jinks that stopped being funny when you turned 15 and realized that the guy who keeps quoting "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is not the guy you want to be. The jokes fall flat, and the series humps its one-note premise to death within 10 minutes, making the premiere one of the longer one-hour slogs in recent TV memory.

Krod Mandoon (Sean Maguire) is a self-described roving guerrilla warrior in a generic medieval time aided by his pagan girlfriend, Aneka (India de Beaufort), who sleeps with anything that moves; Zezelryck (Kevin Hart), a warlock with no powers; and Loquasto (Steve Speirs), a muscle man.

When the series opens, Krod and his gang are on a mission to free the imprisoned Gen. Arcadius (Roger Allam) from the dungeon of Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas). Arcadius dies in the rescue attempt, but his prison boyfriend, Bruce (Marques Ray), joins Krod's team. The series' larger arc finds Krod battling Dongalor and doing his best to save the kingdom.

The problem is that Knight and director Alex Hardcastle confuse spoof with skill. Every bit is played to the hilt, as if they aren't confident enough to let the material speak for itself; the subtext of every joke is just the performer's desperate need to mug for the camera. The script's generic dialogue and awful punch lines are just embarrassing. "Krod Mandoon" plays it big, and does it badly.