Story of 8th season of Peep Show revolves around Mark trying to get things going with Dobby while simultaneously looking for a new job, and Jeremy reinventing himself as a life-coach.
The quality of the narrative remains pretty much the same – it’s still the plateau; on the one hand this is good, because there’s no degradation, but on the other – there’s not a lot of development either. As to the content essense, mass fraction of funny has reduced, and fractions of nasty and awkward have grown, which ratio makes the season sort of bitter. Some stories are truly awful, like the one where Jeremy ruines at least one person’s life with his coaching, or the one where Mark simply runs off. It was demonstrated on many occasions (not that it’s big news, but still) that Mark, while being intelligent is not smart at all.
All that makes me glad that the end is approaching, even though, once again, the writing is quite good.
Created by: Andrew O’Connor, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain
Directed by: Becky Martin
Written by: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell, Tom Basden
Performed by: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Paterson Joseph, Neil Fitzmaurice, Isy Suttie, Jim Howick, Emily Bruni, Mathew Baynton, Dan Tetsell, Eliza L. Bennett
Time: 6 * 22-24m (+ ~15m in specials)
Entertaining quality: 4 out of 5
Art quality: 4+ out of 5
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