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Title: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on July 15, 2016, 11:03:48 AM
TV review: Wasted, E4
Hilarious slacker comedy starring Sean Bean, Danny Kirrane, Rose Reynolds, Gwyneth Keyworth and Dylan Edwards

The twenty-something hinterland is captured in hilarious and outrageous fashion in this slacker comedy from BAFTA award-winning writing team James Lamont and Jon Foster. It plays out like a cross between The Inbetweeners and Spaced (there’s quick cuts and zoom shots galore) with a quartet of friends living in the West Country going on mad drunken and drug-fuelled adventures to distract them from the boredom of reality.

Sean Bean regularly appears as himself in full Game of Thrones garb as a spiritual guide to Morpheus (Danny Kirrane) who along with his sister Sarah (Rose Reynolds) runs a bong palace called Stoned Henge. They’re joined by tattooist Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth) who has set up a work station in their shop and old school friend Kent (Dylan Edwards) who has returned to his home village, Neston Berry, after a failed attempt at becoming a DJ.

The core group of actors share a real chemistry and appear to be having the best time being silly and running around the rural setting. Kirrane excels at delivering garbled lines after imbibing out of date ecstasy as the fantasy obsessed and incredibly endearing Morpheus. Kirrane and Edwards play off one another with great comic timing as they dispense physical comedy. Reynolds has a blast acting out the seven stages of drunkenness as the indecisive Sarah. She’s completely game whether she’s vomming her guts up or going through an existential crisis that poses the important question of whether she loves reggae or her grandma most. While Keyworth’s deadpan delivery when the refreshingly written Alison is talking about sexual endeavors is spot on.

Ultimately Wasted is a funny and surreal celebration of friendship packed full of mischief, giggles and genuinely gag inducing gross out jokes. The witty wordplay, dialogue and wonderfully realised characters are a joy to spend time with.

Wasted starts on E4, Tue 26 Jul.

Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on July 25, 2016, 05:19:29 AM
WASTED: the funniest and most foul comedy of the summer

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I have a bit of a soft spot for celebrities who play self-aware and heightened versions of themselves. Think William Shatner in FREE ENTERPRISE, and Neil Patrick Harris in HAROLD AND KUMAR. In E4’s new comedy WASTED, Sean Bean pulls off the same delightful trick as a fanboy-weary spirit animal, forced to don his GAME OF THRONES garb and help hapless stoner (Morpheus. Yes really) through the travails of west country life. It’s as awesome as it sounds and yet Bean isn’t even the best thing about this SPACED-esque comedy.

The story of four twenty-something friends who distract themselves from the hum drum of normal life with drink and drug fueled adventures, WASTED is generous with the jokes and varies the delivery. It’s title seemingly alluding to both the debauched manner in which the characters expend their free time as well as their frittered potential. The comedy is mined from surrealist cine-literate sequences like those featuring  aforementioned sending up of Bean and his fans, but it’s also character based comedy in the way the characters rip the piss out of one another. The gags are vernal and visual just as you might expect from the BAFTA winning team behind the truly weird THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL (ask your kids).

Fresh, kinetic, and at times, really rather gross, the first two episodes of WASTED promise a new comedy success for E4 and one for which I will be sticking around till the end of the season.

Wasted starts in the UK this Tuesday (26th July) with a double bill at 10pm on E4.
Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on July 26, 2016, 12:26:32 AM
This sitcom about a group of four useless friends living in a small town comes with one killer ingredient – Sharpe star Sean Bean, who appears throughout (as himself) to play spirit guide to young fantasy fanatic Morpheus (Danny Kirrane).

Pitched somewhere between his medieval roles in Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings as well as including parts of his own personality, the role essentially allows Bean to just flounce around in a fur cloak giving gruff advice and he’s clearly having a whale of a time throughout.

Sure, some of the gags are a little juvenile and the scenes without Bean suffer for his absence, but whenever he’s on screen throughout this opening double bill you’ll be hard-pressed to keep a grin off your face.

Wasted: crude, stoner TV comedy with a heart

E4’s new comedy, starting tonight, about a group of West Country 20-somethings boasts a star turn from Sean Bean…

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Looking back now, the most outlandish part of brilliantly inventive 1999 sitcom Spaced isn’t a movie parody, cutaway gag or eccentric character, but the idea that you could rent a fully furnished two-bedroom flat in Zone Two for ninety quid a week. If Tim Bisley and Daisy Steiner were house-hunting in London today, they’d be forced to pack up their Gillian Anderson posters and typewriter and head back to their respective hometowns to crash on a mate’s sofa.

That’s the fate of Kent (Dylan Edwards) in the first episode of Wasted, a new UK comedy series starting tonight on E4.

Having failed to make it as a Bristol-based DJ, Kent goes back to the village of Neston Berry and to the bosom of his schoolboy friendship group: Morpheus (Danny Kirrane), Morpheus’ sister Sarah (Rose Reynolds) and Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth).

These four were left behind when everyone else their age either moved on or moved out. Feckless, bored and on a continual search for cheap escapism, they make Spaced’s Daisy and Tim look like highly motivated self-starters. Their base of operations is “Stoned Henge”, Morpheus and Sarah’s bong shop from the back of which hedonist Alison runs an unlicensed tattoo parlour.

Wasted follows the group’s low-key, juvenile adventures. Episodes see them at a pub quiz, on the long walk home from a night out and going on a rampage at the village fête. This is stoner comedy, West Country-style. Jay and Silent Bob in the land of cream tea. It’s about the post-adolescent quest for something, anything fun to do that costs no more than the change in your pocket, whether that means dodgy pills, craft lager or sexual encounters behind the polyurethane polar bear at Bird Zone.

It’s intermittently disgusting, so frail dispositions be warned. Episode two in particular builds to a gross-out gag that may put you off Naan bread for life. People who like that sort of thing though, will love it.

Writers James Lamont and Jon Foster mix juvenile and crude humour with pop culture nods and characters that are unexpectedly quick to warm to. The casting is spot-on in that respect. Danny Kirrane brings real likeability to Morpheus’ mix of cowardice and moral conscience, while Gwyneth Keyworth is hugely watchable as Alison, a self-possessed hedonist with the face of Helena Bonham Carter and the everything-else of Howard Marks.

Alongside the gross-out stuff, Wasted shows its softer side by trying to build deeper connections between its characters. Morpheus is Ross Geller-levels of in unrequited love with his sister’s schoolmate, something Alison might notice if she ever looked up from her bong. Kent and Sarah won’t admit they’re into each other, but a drunken hook-up at last year’s village fête says otherwise. 

The most loving relationship though turns out to be between Morpheus and Kent. The two young men share a level of intimacy from childhood that’s rarely replicated in adult friendships. Think of them as Muppet Babies version of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s enduring on-screen partnership.

That’s the third time I’ve mentioned Spaced here, which is fewer occasions than you’ll find yourself thinking of it watching Wasted. It isn’t only the near-identical name but also a repeat of Edgar Wright’s stylistic tics. Directed by Chewing Gum and Drifters director Tom Marshall, there are fast-edits, pop culture nods, musical cutaways… Wasted doesn’t so much tip its hat at Spaced as fill its hat with bricks and throw it through Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg’s window.
Another influence, the surrealism of modern kidult cartoons, is likely down to the time its writers spent working on Cartoon Network’s The Adventures Of Gumball. Structure gags like the “Seven Stages of Sarah” (in which her character’s various drunken behaviours are listed using title plates) might feel familiar from How I Met Your Mother-style mainstream sitcom, but the overall gag-rate and visual flights of fancy recall more the hyperactive worlds of modern animation.

Which brings us to Wasted’s ace-in-the-hole, a flight of fancy that tips its balance well into the ‘must-see’ category. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sean Bean.

Bean plays  Morpheus’ imaginary spirit guide, an amalgam of his characters in Game Of Thrones and The Fellowship Of The Ring. He’s a tough Medieval swordsman who brooks no truck with soft modern lads who can’t even get it together to tell a girl they like her. As a massive Thrones fan, the logic goes that Morpheus’ subconscious has chosen the form he would trust the most to advise him, namely, Ned Stark.

(Incidentally, such is Game Of Thrones’ pincer-like grip on the UK acting industry that two of Wasted’s actors have previously appeared in the show. Edwards had his head squashed like a bug by the resurrected Mountain in season six episode Home, while Keyworth played a Volantis prostitute who chatted to Tyrion in season five.)

The guest role is a great wheeze and Bean fully commits to every appearance. It’s genuinely worth tuning in for those moments alone.

Daft and gross with the odd dab of sweetness, there’s also something enjoyably nostalgic in Wasted’s depiction of aimless, pleasure-seeking youth. Add Sean Bean gruffly enjoying a stick of candyfloss to that mix, and you can’t really go far wrong.

If you liked Spaced you’ll love E4’s new show Wasted

Created by Simon Pegg (now trekking in to stars) and Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson), the comedy show for twenty-something slackers struck a chord with everyone for its short life of just two series. With its pop culture nods (both niche and mainstream) and many Star Wars references, it was an enduring hit.

But now, almost twenty years after it began, E4 has brought back the style and ethos of Spaced with its similarly titled (not to mention similarly brilliant), Wasted.

And if that wasn’t enough for you, it’s got the ex-Lord of Winterfell in it – Sean FLIPPIN’ Bean!

The Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star (amongst many other TV shows and films in which he died) comes as a vision to Morpheus as his personal spirit guide, to help him ‘navigate the rough seas of wasting your twenties’. Bean appears in full medieval garb in the most unexpected of places – our favourite was on an STD poster in a men’s toilet.

Why? “I’m Sean Bean, I can do what I like!”

Good enough for us.

Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on July 27, 2016, 12:11:55 AM
Wasted, review: Sean Bean steals the show as he parodies his Game of Thrones ghost

“Can I call you Ned?” “F*** off. And I’m not saying ‘Winter is coming’ either.” Game of Thrones fans have long prayed for former Lord Of Winterfell, Eddard Stark (played by straggly-haired hardman Sean Bean), to be resurrected from his shock death in series one. Now they have finally got their wish. Well, kind of.

Wasted (E4) was a promising new sitcom about a quartet of twentysomething Somerset slackers, one of whom had recurring visions of Bean as his “spirit guide”. Sporting full medieval garb, a foul mouth and a deadpan expression, Bean sent himself up brilliantly. Game of Thrones? Game Of Stoners, more like.

The new comedy Wasted (E4) might be described as post-pub telly for people who go to the pub on Tuesdays. It concerns the wrong-headed exploits of four West Country village wasters, and it’s fast-paced, druggy, silly and unflinchingly crude. At one point in episode two, the shit quite literally hits the fan. An overhead fan, in a curry house.

It’s got two things going for it, though. It’s very funny – in a way that might occasionally make you ashamed of yourself for laughing – and it’s got Sean Bean, who plays the “spirit guide” of waster No 1, a hopeless headshop owner called Morpheus. Although Bean appears to Morpheus dressed as Ned Stark from Game of Thrones, he is really Sean Bean-as-himself, or, as he puts it, “your subconscious mind manifesting itself into the form you trust the most”.

Bean only appears a couple of times an episode, but it’s much more than a celebrity cameo. He gives it all he’s got, playing the role of himself with full intensity, and it’s marvellous.

The four main characters are two not-quite couples: Morpheus has a thing for Alison, and Kent once had a thing with Sarah, sister of Morpheus. There’s a lot of fun to be had with the contrast between the comparative innocence of the village slackers and their full-blown commitment to getting out of it at every opportunity. The writers are not afraid to explore a gross-out moment from every possible angle: the opening episode reached a climax of unbridled disgustingness which filled me with queasy admiration. And I laughed.

Tuesday or not, Wasted is probably optimally viewed while at least a little bit drunk. God knows the pubs could use the business.

Watch Sean Bean Recreate His 'Game Of Thrones' Persona In E4's 'Wasted'

Brand new E4 show Wasted – one of the year’s finest comedies – began with two back-to-back episodes last night. And while its makers may have been hoping watercooler discussion centred on the show's neat bringing-up-to-date of Spaced's late-1990s surrealism, you can't ignore the fact that the limelight was stolen by Ned bloody Stark!

 Yes, he may have been (SPOILER ALERT) prematurely executed early on in the Game of Thrones, but in E4's slacker comedy, Sean Bean (who played Stark) appears as a cloaked – and thinly veiled – spirit guide for the hapless character Morpheus, and by all accounts he's totally owning the show.

 One scene sees Bean giving Morpheus some tough love and a gruff ‘wake-up call’ with a slap, while another particular brilliant moment showcasing Bean's comedic chops as he refuses to be coaxed into completing his characters' immortal ‘Winter Is Coming’ line. Speaking to Digital Spy, Kirrane praised Bean for his witty off-the-cuff quips. "He even improvised. I found it really hard not to laugh when I did any of the bits with Sean. I don't think I've seen him in anything else like this - but he took to it like a duck to water."

Fans have been undoubtedly won over by the actor's deadpan delivery and sharp backchat.

Wasted – TV Review

  But alongside all this grossness runs a rich seam of playful absurdity which is hard to resist. None more so than a cameoing Sean Bean, who frequently pops up as Morpheus’s spirit guide to help him navigate the tumultuous path from childhood to wasting your twenties. Channeling his Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings characters in full medieval garb, Bean sportingly sends up his entire career in his trademark northern deadpan style and is guaranteed to have you grinning from ear to ear.

Wasted is far from a perfect comedy, and is possibly a bit too obsessed with aping its influences, but with its daft, nostalgic and occasionally sweet depiction of pleasure-seeking youth there’s plenty to enjoy in this latest slice of slacker comedy.

Sean Bean is the best thing about E4’s Wasted – by quite some way


E4’s Wasted, a trippy comedy about four bored West Country twenty-somethings taking drugs in their village pub debuted last night.

A drug-filled E4 comedy set in the West Country, you say? Yes, it does sound similar to Skins.

But unlike those sixth-formers “getting mashed on drum and bass” on their parent’s silk Persian rugs, these four wasters prefer mooching about than partying on pills.

A psychedelic Skins

And while Skins sometimes offered a satiric take on the sixth-form social scene, Wasted is full of sci-fi effects, vortexes and psychedelic voiceovers.

The comedy did seem out of this world – so far out that I failed to find much of it funny.

Square Sarah and her pretend interest in drugs made for a mildly amusing storyline, but weirdo Morpheus looked far too old to be hanging around with
 these graduates.

The show was helped by an appearance from Sean Bean, who played a character similar to his Game of Thrones’ alter ego Ned Stark. Bean was the best thing about this comedy, by quite some way.

Don’t waste your summer watching this.

Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on July 29, 2016, 06:17:23 AM
Review: E4’s Wasted Is Spaced For A New Generation!
Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson and Edgar Wright’s Spaced was a classic cult sitcom from the late 90’s/early 00’s, and with good reason. It was weird, extremely funny, and full of pop culture references. Now we have Wasted, which aired it’s first 2 episodes on E4 last night, and it’s weird, extremely funny, and full of pop culture references… but also has Sean Bean.

Set in the West Country, Wasted stars Danny Kirrane as Morpheus (real name Paul), a dreamer who lives in the little village of Neston Berry, and runs Stoned Henge, a bong shop, with his sister Sarah (Rose Reynolds). They rent out space to their friend and tattoo artist Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth), who is also Morpheus’s crush… Not that Alison has any clue. The group is rounded off with Kent (Dylan Edwards), a failed DJ with delusions of grandeur, who sleeps on their couch rent free. He also has a past with Sarah…

There is a 5th regular cast member on the show – Mr. Sean Bean in his first major comedy role, as Morpheus’s ‘spirit guide’. Morph is a huge Game Of Thrones fan, and so Sean appears to him as the person he most trusts to guide him through those difficult early 20’s years. He is, of course, dressed in full Westerosian garb, and appears very much like Ned Stark.

Episode 2, sees the gang stranded, when they are kicked out of a taxi because Sarah throws up after a big night in Bath – Stage 2 of the ‘7 Stages Of Sarah’. Stranded in the middle of nowhere, Sean Bean appears to Morpheus, and tells him his ‘quest’ is to walk the group the eight-miles back to Neston Berry. Excited to have a quest from his hero (even though Bean tries to backtrack on calling it a ‘quest’), he sets off to lead the group home. The journey is brilliantly represented on screen as an old 8bit adventure game, which takes them to a petrol station, where Kent takes a ‘street dump’ outside, only to be caught by Morph. Not wanting to leave the… erm… ‘mess’, for someone to find, the disgusted Morph picks up the ‘deposit’ in a plastic bag, an puts it in his satchel… You just know that’s going to reappear…

Wasted is not a show for those of a delicate disposition, but to just refer to it as a ‘gross out comedy’ would be doing it a disservice. The geek & pop-culture references are masterfully woven in by creators James Lamont and Jon Foster, from Morph’s vaping, to Twitter and Google maps references. The musical interludes, fast paced editing, and visual stylings throughout the show, are some of the things that lead it towards the hallowed group of a show like Spaced. However, it’s the wonderfully trippy appearances of the actual Sean Bean, happily sending up himself, which really add to it’s uniqueness.

Whilst some of Wasted’s humour maybe crude, it is excellently put together, and is laugh out loud funny. There’s a wonderful sweetness to the characters, particularly Morpheus’s love lorn longing for the (completely oblivious) Alison. And for anyone that’s ever lived in a small English village, there’s an awful lot of familiarity!
Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: crossing-sweeper on July 29, 2016, 07:16:45 AM
But it isn't SB's "first major comedy role" - doesn't anyone remember Prince, the BBC drama written by Julie Burchill, which aired in about 1990? Sean plays a man in love with his dog.
Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: Rebecca on July 30, 2016, 05:29:37 AM
Well, no, I wasn't into movies (or Sean) in 1990, and this movie seems impossible to find now. Like In the Border Country.   :poorme:
Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on July 30, 2016, 05:54:53 AM
But it isn't SB's "first major comedy role" - doesn't anyone remember Prince, the BBC drama written by Julie Burchill, which aired in about 1990? Sean plays a man in love with his dog.

Prince is on YouTube and in the Media Archives

Screen One Prince 1991

Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on July 31, 2016, 12:19:46 PM
Catch up TV reviews: Wasted, Naked Attraction, Wild Animal Reunions, Shed of the Year


 A bunch of 20-somethings slum about in Wasted, the new Channel 4 comedy sitcom about the stupid things you get up to when there’s nothing much to do. Sound familiar? That’s because Wasted is like watching Spaced, set 17 years later. Director Edgar Wright’s stylistic signature is everywhere, from crash-zooms to fast cuts, all of them juxtaposing the inner drama in our protagonists’ heads with the pathetic banality of real life. There’s the West Country boredom of Hot Fuzz. There are the flashes of video game-inspired effects of Scott Pilgrim. And there are the pop culture references of Shaun of the Dead.

Fortunately, though, the show has one other thing in common with Edgar Wright’s best work: it’s consistently, unstoppably, unquestionably funny.

The cast bounce around the screen with energy, from Danny Kirrane- Trollied’s nerdy Morpheus and Rose Reynolds (The World’s End) as his neurotic sister to Gwyneth Keyworth as the kooky girl Morpheus fancies – and, of course, Morpheus’ cocky best friend, Kent (Dylan Edwards), who moves back to the village after failing at being at DJ. Pills, peeing yourself and Jeremy Paxman all combine over the first two episodes, as writers James Lamont and Jon Foster (Cuckoo) bombard you with gags and slapstick until your resistance basically gives in.

But the real secret to the series’ success is convincing Sean Bean to guest star as, erm, Sean Bean, who appears to Morpheus as a spirit guide – in full Ned Stark clothing, complete with dramatic delivery and fur cloak. “It’s getting colder, almost like summer’s over,” says Morpheus to his hero. “I’m not saying it,” snaps Bean, storming off into the woods. It’s impossible not to enjoy any show so determined to make you laugh.
Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on August 10, 2016, 02:59:20 PM
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It’s hard to imagine what personal low actor Sean Bean was experiencing when he agreed to a recurring cameo role in Wasted (E4), a puerile sitcom about four ex-schoolfriends, relieving the boredom of menial jobs in a market town with drink and drugs. Bean plays the conscience of geeky, frustrated Morpheus (Danny Kirrane). Dressed like a Viking and speaking like thunder, he roars, ‘I’m Sean Bean, and I can do what I like.’ So why is the star of Game Of Thrones and Sharpe doing this heap of cobblers?

If you’re willing to sit through the endless scenes of vomiting and self-abuse, there’s the occasional good line. Flogging his home-brew scrumpy at the local fete, one character reveals his secret: ‘I put a bit of bleach in it to take the edge off.’

Those rare laughs hint that writers Jon Foster and James Lamont could create a good comedy series — if they raise their sights.

Title: Re: Wasted reviews
Post by: patch on August 11, 2016, 12:08:12 AM

Channel 4’s “Wasted” – Sean Bean as Spirit Guide

Still airing (as of this posting) on Channel 4 and 4oD (available in Britain and Ireland).

Sean Bean’s “A Game of Thrones” character stars in this over the top British comedy as the spirit guide to one of four waster friends in a small English town.

The 6-part series follows 4 twenty-somethings as they spend their spare time getting wasted and confronting their inadequacies as aimless degenerates. Each character is rich, generally avoiding easy stereotypes. It’s a lighthearted and honest look at the aimless amoung their generation with many moments of hilarity and strangeness. If my recommendation isn’t good enough for you, consider the quality of writing necessary to draw Sean Bean into the fold as an occasional spirit guide appearing only to Morpheus – an overweight, insecure, goofball, with a crush on one of his oblivious friends.