"Ooh, look at me today, I'm entertaining whilst saving lives aren't I brilliant?": David Brent is Back

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | February 28, 2013 | Comments ()

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | February 28, 2013 |

The gist of the special is that David Brent has entered the music management business and hilarity ensues through his terrible management and constant attempts to push his own songs and dances upon clients. I really really want to like this, because David Brent was a fantastic character. Yet I am falling profoundly short of optimism on this pitched storyline. Brent's appeal was in the fact that his delusions of grandeur were so at odds with the fact that he was a nobody in a completely deadend job in a dying industry. Taking him out of that and actually letting him be in the music business destroys the dichotomy that makes the character sympathetic. David Brent is only comically tragic when he is ultimately a failure. Allowing him into the field of his dreams is likely to just shift him to being an obnoxious buffoon by validating his delusions.

(source: AV Club)

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