In the children's science fiction comedy series Trip For Biscuits, Stephen "Bajo" O'Donnell and a ragtag team of misfits investigate a hidden world of aliens, generally managing to cause more trouble than they were trying to solve. It is, as he explains, an evolution of the onscreen persona he's been developing for years.
He's played a range of tough guys over the years in the likes of Dog Soldiers and Event Horizon, but now Sean Pertwee is better known in the role of Alfred Pennyworth, butler and guardian to young Bruce Wayne, in the WB prequel series, Gotham. We caught up with the British thesp to talk about the challenge of re-interpreting such an iconic role.
And thus we return to marathon another year of adventures with Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), indefatigably upbeat cult survivor, as she navigates life in New York City with her messed-up family of choice, gay roommate Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess); gold-digging divorcee, Jacqueline White (30 Rock veteran Jane Krakowski); and whatever the hell you want to call Lillian (the great Carol Kane).
The narrative pattern is set now, with the action taking place in the kind of surreal parallel world creator Tina Fey workshopped in the the sitcom 30 Rock, while our heroine’s formative years in the bunker with Reverend Wayne Gary Wayne (the ever-game Jon Hmm) and the other wives take her a step beyond what we might call the “normal” level of strangeness. The basic story pattern of Kimmy endeavoring to do something normal and kind of failing successfully is all present and correct, with the focus this time on her going to college.
Meanwhile, the flamboyant Titus frets over his relationship with the sweet, working class Mikey (Mike Carlsen) and continues to fruitlessly pursue fame and glamour; Jacqueline pursues her crusade to get the Redskins football team to change their name; and Lillian campaigns to keep their DMZ of a neighbourhood as historically crappy as it’s always been. Meanwhile, the Rev wants to remarry, sending his prospective bride (Laura Dern) to get Kimmy to sign divorce papers (Dern is only one of the usual cavalcade of guest stars; Fred Armisen, Amy Sedaris, and David Cross also recur, and the rest you’re better off discovering on your own).
It is, of course, a blast. The jokes-per-minute ratio is dependably high, the cast is up for anything, and even the more jaded viewers will be occasionally caught flat-footed by some bizarre non sequitur or detail. Of course, we’re heading into the midlife of the series now, and it’s about here that longtime viewers start to wonder what the endgame might be, but as long as the journey’s as enjoyable as this, that’s a question we don’t need to ponder too hard at this stage.
British actor Ricky Whittle thought he had a handle on fandom after his turn in the teen SF drama, The 100, but stepping into the role of Shadow Moon in American Gods introduced him to a whole new world in more ways than one.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Neil Gaiman, the new series American Gods charts a clandestine war between Old Gods and New that rages in the shadows of the American heartland. We chat with Yetide Badaki, who plays the love goddess Bilquis.