All episodes of The Young Ones are a riot!!! I'm so glad I found them on VHS for sale... my old tv-copies are literally worn out!
All the main characters are hilarious send-ups of types. Indeed, they are the farcical extreme of lots that were too common in Thatcher's England in the early '80's. The show also manages to use racial stereotypes for comic fodder. It really plays around with fear and the tenuous nature of identity. Well, Vyv and Mike are pretty solid--but Rick and Neil are soft little girlie blouses blowin' in the wind. There was no place for them back then. Unfortunately, they are all to prevelant in our own social climate. Thank you Margaret Thatcher! Of course, she's got nothing to do with the jellofication of our political system. Right? OIL This one is brilliant. Mike turns into Kim Jong II and forces the lads to mine the oil that Vyv has says is in the basement. The best part is Vyv--who turns into a bullyboy to keep the pathetic ladies' blouses of the house in line. Rick and Neil spend most the episode under Mike's boot. Then Rick stages a benefit concert for the opressed...
My wife introduced me to these British maniacs of the '80s, and I was instantly hooked. The Young Ones--ah, why did they make so few episodes? At least, you can enjoy these three.
OIL has several highlights: "What is that little white dot, anyway?" Mike moves from a roller-disco owner (the disco being Rik's room) to Godfather (who puts a deer's head in Neil's bed) to international oil magnate (after Vyvyan discovers oil in the basement while playing murder in the dark). Strange thing: when my wife taped this off t.v. back in the 80s there is a song playing in the background--"Working on the Chain Gang" I think--while Rik and Neil dig for oil. On this tape, the song is edited out. (See my "Cash" episode comments.) BORING--Oblivious to the strange things going around in their home, the boys try to come up with ways to fight ennui. The episode culminates in a trip to the pub where the band Madness comes up with every excuse not to play...
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