TV Review: Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

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When I first saw the promos for Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire on Comedy Central a couple of months ago, I knew I would have to watch. How could I pass up something that looked like a combination of Mel Brooks, The Zucker Brothers, and the worlds of Conan the Barbarian and Dungeons and Dragons. Or maybe it’s the bastard stepchild of South Park and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Either way, talk about mixed parentage.

And I have to say that I think director Alex Hardcastle and Comedy Central have a winner. Is it stereotypical? Sure. Does it rely on sight gags, bad puns, and innuendo? Sure. Did any of that stand in the way of my enjoying it? Heck no.

Krod Mandoon is the son of a blacksmith and a stay at home mom and the leader of a small band of freedom fighters in a fantasy world under siege by the evil Chancellor Dongalor. Krod (Sean Maguire, Meet the Spartans) is tagged as the “Golden One” prophecised to overthrow the evil empire. He is armed with a sword that sometimes is covered in flames and his insecurities.

Krod’s nemesis, the evil Dongalor (played to the teeth by Matt Lucas from Little Britain), is the perfect evil manager. He’s kind of a combination of Dilbert’s “Pointy-Haired Boss” and Thulsa Doom from the movie Conan the Barbarian. He wants to motivate his employees through fear, then reward the ones who are left. In one scene his main flunky tells Dongalor that he’d hired some translators to translate some runes and Dongalor asks if his flunky killed one to motivate the others and gave gift bags to the ones left… Though I’ve never worked for a boss like him, I’ve heard horror stories.

Traveling with Krod is his girlfriend Aneka, Loquasto, Zezelryck, and Bruce. This group gives “rag tag” a bad name…

Aneka (the exquisite India de Beaufort, Run Fatboy Run) is a beautiful pagan warrior with great fighting skills who prefers to use her feminine wiles to defeat her enemy. She and Krod are a “non-exclusive” couple because of her “pagan” promiscuousness. Though I’m fairly certain she doesnt’ do all of her own stunts in Krod Mandoon, the crew make her look really good.

Loquasto (Steve Speirs, Inkheart and Eragon) is a vaguely orkish (or oafish) well-meaning dolt who has a mysterious talent for shooting Krod with crossbow bolts. He has a great comic timing and I look forward to learning more about his character and how he and Krod came to know each other.

Though I was drawn to Dongalor, Loqasto, Aneka, and Krod immediately… Zezelryck (Kevin Hart) is a bit of a mystery to me. He’s supposedly a “wizard” in the party, but can’t cast spells. He can evidently create smoke bombs and talk a lot. As such, he’s one of the weakest characters in the series so far, but I hope he becomes more likeable in future episodes.

And I had the same problem with Bruce (Marques Ray) as the gay lover of the group. Remember when I said the series was a bit stereotypical earlier? Well, though Krod may have a literal flaming sword, Bruce’s is just as evident. Again, not one of my favorite characters, but I hope he becomes more likeable in future episodes as well. In the first couple of episodes, he’s just a walking gag.

The first two episodes of Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire aired on Comedy Central on April 9, 2009, and it appears we’ll be seeing a new episode every Thursday for a while.

“Wench Trouble” was the premiere episode and had Krod, Aneka, Loquasto, and Zezelryck trying to free General Arcadius from Dongalor’s prison. Arcadius (played by Roger Allam from V for Vendetta and Speed Racer), only in prison for two weeks, found love with Bruce only to die during the escape attempt…

And “Golden Powers” has our fearful heroes dealing with the loss of their leader – Arcadius – and trying to move on. At the beginning of the episode, there’s a great scene where they try to light a funereal boat with Arcadius’ body that had me giggling. We also learn more about the relationship between Krod and Aneka.

Overall I think this is a great start to a new comedy series and I know I’ll be watching Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire for the rest of the season. Keep in mind that this isn’t for the kiddies. There’s a ton of innuendo and a few flat out adult lines (especially from Bruce). That said, the adult content, irreverent humor, and intriguing characters (plus more chances to see India de Beaufort) make it all worthwhile. Be sure to check it out!

–Fitz

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