TV review: Krod Mandoon

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It would be easy to sum up Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire by rattling off all the epic sagas (The Lord of the Rings, Robin Hood, Conan the Barbarian) and classic comedies (Monty Python, The Princess Bride) from which it liberally borrows. And to be honest, that would pretty much give you the gist of this very British fantasy spoof from American series creator Peter Knight.

Thankfully, Krod Mandoon makes up for what it lacks in originality by being funny more often than not.

The show stars Sean Maguire as the title character, a hapless hero destined to lead the resistance against the even-more-pathetic Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas).

Mandoon's crew of freedom-fighters includes his sexually loose Pagan girlfriend Aneka (India de Beaufort), the dimwitted pig-man Loquasto (Steve Speirs), second-rate warlock Zezelryck (Kevin Hart) and Bruce (Marques Ray), the dungeon lover of Mandoon's late mentor.

The standard tropes make for predictable but reliable gags about ineptitude, cowardice and sexuality, especially a seemingly ceaseless parade of gay jokes that may or may not offend, depending on your sensitivity about well-worn stereotypes. (We get it: Bruce is super-fruity.)

Maguire starred in Meet the Spartans, and Krod Mandoon could easily descend into a similarly shallow parody. But the one-hour pilot is strong enough to earn a tentative endorsement.

"Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire"

Premieres 10 p.m. Thursday on Comedy Central

Grade: B