TL;DR – Continues one of the
best Aussie pilots I have seen in a while by taking everything up a notch.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Last week I kind of stumbled upon a new gem in Australian TV with the show Les Norton that immediately stamped its presence in the media landscape. It was brash, it was funny, it also was a little absurd at times all while a friendly narrator (Angus Sampson) told us how bad poor old Les (Alexander Bertrand) was doing. However, getting out of the gate is one thing, but can you keep running the race, well that is a different question that we will try to find the answer today as we politely ignore why a horse racing metaphor is an apt description.
So to set the scene, in last week’s You Wouldn’t Be Dead For Quids, Les inadvertently helped cover up the murder of a local brothel madam Doreen Bognor (Rebel Wilson) by filling up a foundation at a new handball court for his boss Price Galese (David Wenham). All well and good, well sorry no, just one small problem, local muscle and slightly off quilter bodyguard Eddie Salita (Justin Rosniak) accidentally dropped his boss’ keys, for his expensive car, in the concrete with all that incriminating evidence. Well at least nothing else can go wrong, but wait what is that strapped to the engine of Price’s car. From here we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there may be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is one of those
Australian TV shows that makes you sit back and marvel as to how it all works,
cause it works really well.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
There are many reasons to go sit down, turn on the TV, and watch something It
could be your favourite show that you make time for each week, it could be you
are bored and there is nothing else to do, or it could just be that you have
heard good things about something and you need to go check it out for yourself.
Today we review a show that falls into the latter column, though if this first episode
is anything to go by, it might find its way into the first real soon.
So to set the scene, Les Norton (Alexander Bertrand) is a country boy from Dirranbandi
in south-west Queensland. He’s hopped a ride down to the big smoke in Sydney to
try out for some of the local footy teams. It is his first night in King’s
Cross, so he takes some night work as a bouncer at a local club to pay his way.
Which is where he meets his guide and new friend Billy Dunne (Hunter
Page-Lochard). The first 22 minutes of his shift is boring, but we come in at
minute 23 and the fists start flying. The head of the club Price Galese (David
Wenham) likes what he sees and brings him into the fold and Les discovers a
world hidden out of sight, protected by the powerful, and who run on very different
rules where discretion is key.