I’ve seen several episodes of the television version – nowhere near the whole thing, but a good chunk of it. Usually when I see it, it’s because the T.V. just happens to be on that station and I’m not really paying attention so I can’t be bothered to do it.
I certainly wouldn’t watch it on purpose and I would have no interest in getting the DVDs and slogging through all that muck.
Debate? Well, what to say – as an artistic endeavour, it’s a big pile of crap. There are problems in every conceivable aspect of the show, from the set designs, to the costuming, to the audio quality, to the … heh … “special effects,” to the foley, to the acting … you name it, it’s done half-assedly.
The biggest crime, however, is in the writing. Whoever sat down to adapt this version was one lazy bastard. It has no sense of drama or timing or dramatic timing whatsoever … every aspect of the story is spelled out, repeatedly, in excruciating detail.
And here’s the nub – everything, I mean everything is spelled out in exposition. It’s absolutely sick. You know that old adage – “show it, don’t say it”? Well, I think someone must have gotten it backwards, because everything is said, not once, not twice, but repeated until you want to drill a hole in your head. There is no character development, no subtlety, no implication, nothing. Just exposition. And most of it is SHOUTED! (I LOVE SHOUTING!)
Oh, and you know how to tell who the bad guys are? When they laugh, it always echos.
And all the songs are sung to the same goddamn tune!