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Jan 9, 2014Leave it to IFC to air such a ridiculous, parodical, star-studded miniseries that works so surprisingly well. The Spoils of Babylon throws together farcical sets and costumes, bombastic and shallow dialogue, hilariously awkward acting, and tons of continuity errors to create what may most likely remain the parody series of the year. There are times where you will feel like you're watching a 12:45 SNL sketch. And there are other times where you will be rolling on your couch, gripping your gut and choking out what doesn't even sound like laughter anymore. But most of the time, the show will feel like both.
What makes the show work the most are the minute details in production and writing. Green screens will malfunction for a millisecond, but that's just enough. The continuity errors are often small and range from geographical to chronological, but someone on the couch will be bound to notice it and share with enthusiasm. If for no other reason, watch for a gut-busting brunch conflict between Kristen Wiig and a gaudily dressed mannequin voiced by Carey Mulligan over the heart of Wiig's adopted brother, Tobey Maguire (and yes, by heart, I mean marriage and everything that comes with it).
FINAL SCORE: 85 (excitingly great ----------o---------- almost perfect)… Expand
Jan 10, 2014The Spoils of Babylon would be completely awful if that was not the point. The acting, plot, and sets are terrible and ridiculous, but I could not stop watching as the comedy derived from this was so rich and satisfying. Honestly, there is nothing about this show to complain about. Some of the humor may be a little hard to grasp at first (since much of the show is focused on a sort of dry wit); however, it is unbelievably hilarious once the jokes are allowed to sink in, and these jokes are balanced enough with instantly gratifying humor to make the show entertaining for days after watching. The Spoils of Babylon is genius, just genius.… Expand