a coupla years ago, I wrote about a show airing on Channel 4 in the UK (and IFC in the States) starring David Cross in the title role of Todd Margaret. a man who is grossly incompetent and a pathological liar, who finds himself in the center of controversy, after taking a job as the head of an energy drink company in England. Todd is reminiscent of the George Costanza character from Seinfeld, but not as funny.
the pilot was good, but didn’t warrant subsequent viewings. it was only a few weeks ago that I found out they had done two seasons. and since David said there were no plans for a third, I decided to have at it, and watch all 12 episodes.
each episode of season 1 starts with Todd in court, looking forlorn, as a judge reads off the offenses he’s been charged with. then they backtrack to show u how Todd gets into these various messes. he also has a cat, that he left behind in Portland, and each episode ends with a shot of his house, falling into various states of disrepair. each episode of season 2 starts with Todd in a military command center, surrounded by armed guards.
Will Arnett’s character is a total douchebag, who is kinda funny at first, but his overtly vulgar language grows stale pretty quickly. the woman who plays the apple of Todd’s eye, is the only person in England, who gives a shit about Todd, but eventually, he finds a way to screw that up as well. there is Todd’s “boss” Mountford, who is not revealed until the finale. there is also Dave, Todd’s assistant, who only fuels his incompetence, by feeding him false information, which just gets Todd into deeper trouble. Todd’s inflated ego and constant lying, render him too stupid to see what he’s getting himself into. Jon Hamm (Mad Men) makes guest appearances in several season 2 episodes.
the series finale feels thrown-together, and an easy way to get out of having to do a third season. whatever sympathy u may have had for Todd Margaret, will be completely gone by the end. the payoff to the series was disappointing, a little bit depressing, and due to recent current events, outdated.
this is a score for the entire series