The Piglet Files – Set Two (Spy spoof)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episodes: B-
The Piglet Files was so amusing in the initial
shows from the first DVD set that we were hoping the second set would be at
least as good and it was. There may have
been a break in the DVDs, but definitely not in production.
review, Nicholas Lyndhurst is the title agent, Peter Champan, who gets his job
through The Peter Principle. He’s a good
guy, but not the brightest agent MI-5 ever had.
Since he is just qualified enough to keep his job and with no one
available quick enough to replace him, off he goes on high priority missions. You can see more initial details in the first
review, though he is does not dip into being sillier.
episodes are as follows:
The Wright Stuff
Red Spy At Night
Piglet In A Trough
The Wrong Combination
Trouble With Reception (the most politically incorrect
with Mid-East terrorists)
The Hunt For Red Decoder
Under Cover Authority
you watch, the better this gets and the more you realize how good these actors
are together. The consistency in tone of
the stories and the tenseness of the comedy situations and their suspense is
smart. What was so good about the
initial shows in the first set was no accident.
These are very entertaining TV shows.
frame, color image is shot on analog PAL video and again looks good for its
age. The shooting and editing continues
to be funny. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
is clear and also good for its age, including appropriate music for the shows
by Rod Argent and Peter Van-Hook. The
extras include a few bio/filmographies and a solid history of MI-5 itself that
seems to have also been on three boxed sets of The Sandbaggers, and the extras are the exact same minimal ones as
were in the last box. Too bad we did not
get more than last time.
only loosely builds on the previous episodes, so it is not a soap opera comedy
or is it going to lose an audience that joins in later. The cast actually got better by these shows. I had some real laughs here too, and though I
am a fan of the genre, everyone can still find something funny in The Piglet Files. I hope we get more.
- Nicholas Sheffo