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jigsawtimes said: okay so you post about the young ones all the time and i know nothing about it but it seems really cool! what can you tell me about it?
Oh! Well, I’m not very good at explaining stuff, so i’ll try to do my best :)
The Young Ones is a surrealist 1980’s comedy about 4 university students sharing a house. I got into it through the Boosh, when one of the stars died last month and Noel wrote about him and the show in a magazine. I’m fairly certain he said somewhere that the show inspired the boosh, or at least influenced it, but I can’t find the interview right now.
R.I.P Rik, you beautiful bastard.
There’s Rik Mayall as Rick Pratt, a pro-gay, pro-choice, anti-racist, feminist Anarchist, as well as a closeted transvestite and possibly closeted gay or bisexual, but unfortunately these positive traits were mixed with zero maturity and a large amount of insufferability and paranoia
Ade Edmondson as Vyvyan Basterd, a stereotypically violent 1980’s punk with an abusive and neglectful mother who’s studying to be a doctor despite his love of slapstick and explosives
Nigel Planer as Neil Pie/Pye, a depressed hippie constantly looking for recognition and attention
And Christopher Ryan as Mike Thecoolperson, an extremely cool person who’s ten years older than the others but still attends university because he’s blackmailing the dean so he can keep getting student money. He’s suave, smooth-talking, somewhat sleazy and has several possible criminal connections, but this doesn’t stop him being the nicest person in the house.
There’s also Alexei Sayle, who plays not just their communist landlord, but every member of his family.
The show is extremely random, with loose plots connected with smart jokes and good acting, as well as a lot of puppetry and fantasy sequences, such as talking rats and a wardrobe that leads to Narnia.
Famous bands such as Madness, Motorhead and The Damned guest starred at least once an episode, mainly so that they could qualify as a variety show and automatically be awarded a bigger budget.
There’s a lot of slapstick and violence to the point that it resembles a live action Merry Melodies cartoon, and while the characters themselves are not meant to be sympathetic, it’s extremely hard not to like them. The show was considered pretty out there and controversial in it’s time, but it got a massive fanbase, due to how honestly funny and unique it was.
Also, Rick and Vyvyan are hot, so….
I have honestly never seen these characters described like this… And now I read this I’m rather surprised I’ve not seen it more often. Especially (P)Rick’s description… You’re right, all those positives were obscured by his volatile immaturity.
Well, pRick is only a leftist, an anarchist, etc. because it’s fashionable and because he wants to think of himself as this romantic, counter-culture hero, but he’s actually the biggest reactionary in the house. He always does a complete turn around on the trustworthiness and competence of the police as soon as he’s in trouble, flouts rules until someone does the same to him then becomes the most nitpicky stickler imaginable, and immediately disavows all his revolutionary ideals as soon as it looks like there will be any repercussions for them. Like when he found out they didn’t pay their license fee and thought it was great until he realised they were going to get caught.
On one level he’s basically a satire of armchair activists who talk a big game but are hypocrites, and who will go on to a life of textbook middle class social conservatism as soon as they graduate.
He’s also, on another level, your basic insufferable know-it-all, no-one-has-ever-felt-like-this, oh-I-have-the-soul-of-a-poet teenager. One of his poems in the book hit reallllly close to home for me hahaaha. Rik said the character was inspired partly by himself, because he ‘used to be like that when [he] was thirteen or so’.
"It was the other three, not me, I had no idea what was going on it really was the other three."
I’ve got to say, one of the things that attracted me to TYO was that it was the first show I had ever seen where the writers were not utterly obsessed with making their characters ‘likeable’… which oddly enough made me love all of them.
Everyone who has ever been within spitting distance of a university knows a student like pRick…
(and if you don’t well then you were probably ‘that student.’)And everyone has a crack at trying too hard, but with him he just never outgrew that phase.
I couldn’t help but feel kind of sorry for him though. Whenever he got out of his depth all I saw was this boy, barely out of school, who was getting in far too deep with people much more psychotic than him who didn’t lack the courage of their convictions (like he did.) Didn’t make him less of a spoiled little
I still can’t explain Rick’s dress though… It was perhaps the only aspect of his life that wasn’t something he was openly flaunting… unlike his armchair activism (really nice phrase reachexceedinggrasp.) Mentioned once in one episode and never again. Probably a plot device that I have latched onto as a perfectly reasonable character facet.
(Then again try explaining a lot of things in that show: talking matchboxes, teddies shagging. the cast being squashed by a giant éclair etc.)
In one level, I feel tremendously identified with (p)Rick’s character because I was myself the pompous, histrionic kid in my primary school that used to be write and perform pieces of really, really awful pretentious “deep” poetry at the age of 9-12. And I was also little know-it-all smarty pants dork with huge glasses, funny accent and odd inflections that nobody -only a few of very close and amazing friends that stood for me at the very end- would like (I used to being bullied a lot, etc.). And the trope we both inhabit is called: intense without a clue (still I am) :P
So yes, he’s a major cretin and a wanker (sign: the class- I agree: the teacher), but I have to confess that I’m kinda emotionally attached to that spotty, silly, annoying and adorable character.
There are white provocateurs at the protests who don’t care for change and just want things escalate into a shoot out. Some are anarchists, others are apart of white supremacist organizations. Some have been payed, others are present on their own accord to reek havoc and delegitimize the cause. None of the above stated have a problem with black bodies being lost in the process