Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire Needs David Walliams

Is Land of Punt the only pseudo-mythical land that when they hear the title to Comedy Central’s new comedy “Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire” they think of Bob Seger’s “Katmandu?”

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Maybe it’s just us.

Anyway, “Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire” is a cross between Lord of the Rings and Monty Python’s Flying Circus with Comedy Central’s typical crap-tacular touch thrown in to keep the show stuck in the muck of mediocrity.

Krod tries to be the Red Dwarf of the fantasy genre but instead it’s the U.S. remake of Red Dwarf that had Craig Bierko cast as Lister.

Whoa! Land of Punt needs to slow down before they hurt someone with an obscure reference.

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The show spoofs the fantasy genre (Xena meets Airplane!) and scores cheap jokes with low-brow comedy and anachronisms. Some of them work (Horst Draper) and some don’t (Dance of 300 Raccoons).

The show has the feel of a Britcom and features several British actors. Which also means, you have to deal with the frustrating “British mumble.”

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American Sean Maguire plays Krod. He’s serviceable but not great. He has good timing and plays the frustrated hero and boyfriend quite well. The rest of cast, which includes Kevin Hart, Steve Speirs and Marques Ray, is fine but under-used.

Land of Punt favorite, Chris Parnell is the show’s narrator. Nobody, and L.O.P. means nobody, provides a disembodied voice better than Parns.

The biggest problem with Krod is Aneka played by the enormously cute India de Beaufort. Aneka is a certified, grade “A” tramp. L.O.P. welcomes a licentious female role and realizes that not every female character has to be strong, but every female character has to be strong, especially if she’s the only female character.

Aneka’s gratuitous stripper dance was uncalled for and cheapened the show. The show should be smarter than that… oh wait, it’s on Comedy Central, never mind.

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Matt Lucas plays Chancellor Dongalor and he’s hilarious–definitively, the show’s strength. But his character’s footman, Barnabus, played by Alex MacQueen, is obviously a replacement for David Walliams, Lucas’ Little Britain co-star.

It’s not fair to MacQueen, who’s very good, but Walliams being involved in this project would go along ways to fixing its ails.

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Land of Punt will continue to watch Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire as long as Lucas and de Beaufort are in the cast.

Now that the show’s premise is set, maybe it can work on developing its characters and increasing its charm factor. The John Rhys-Davies cameo is something to look forward.

However, it remains to be seen how long the show can go without wearing out the fantasy spoof gags.

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