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Hard News: The Munter and the Munted

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  • JP Hansen,

    I'm licking my fingers in anticipation.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'm licking my fingers in anticipation.

    Nice.

    Emma, again:

    The infamous ‘finger licking good’ scene showed just how shockingly rare actual foreplay is on television. Bless them, they were even doing ‘porn for women’ before it got trendy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    But tonight, we'll be watching the first episode of the final season of Outrageous Fortune. Live. Not even on the DVR. We'll find something to do during the ad breaks.

    And so will we, sit down in front of the television and watch it live, every Tuesday. Feels weird. I watched it on-demand once, because I missed the episode that was on the day after I had surgery.

    I'm going to miss it, and I shall blub like an emo teen when it goes, but it seems inarguably the right decision.

    (which goes to show I don't know much about women

    I'm sure there are lots of women who'd take Van over Jethro. (Not literally.) Women who like caring, sensitive men. Nice guys, who'd do anything for you. I didn't nearly fall asleep just typing that or anything.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    dear curmudgeon reviewers – bite me

    I swear I just heard you say that out loud.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    For all the sex and the swearing and the crime and the stupidity and the morally dodgy stuff, Outrageous Fortune was always, at heart a very conservative show, exploring family values.

    It's also a show that managed, at it's considerable best, to skip along a very tricky tonal high wire: It could shift effortlessly between broad comedy (that was never mean-spirited or condescending) and high tragedy. Everyone got their moments of wonky grace, courage and kindness.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    It could shift effortlessly between broad comedy (that was never mean-spirited or condescending) and high tragedy.

    Yeah, nicely put.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    I'm sure there are lots of women who'd take Van over Jethro. (Not literally.) Women who like caring, sensitive men. Nice guys, who'd do anything for you. I didn't nearly fall asleep just typing that or anything.

    Yeah, I'm sure those women are out there. I just...don't know any.

    I am going to stay up. Late (for me) on a school night. I am very excited.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I'm sure there are lots of women who'd take Van over Jethro. (Not literally.) Women who like caring, sensitive men. Nice guys, who'd do anything for you. I didn't nearly fall asleep just typing that or anything.

    I'm always going to heart Munter (sorry JeVan shippers) -- though my fantasy life is complicated by knowing Tammy Davis' RW partner. Ainsley Gardner would cut my face off and use it as an oven mitt if I ever sleazed on her baby-daddy. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Palmer,

    I'd like to add something about the dialogue on Outrageous Fortune. It crackles. It's interesting to listen to. It's written for characters with thoughts and a point of view. It tells you more about what's happening than just what's happening. Packed To The Rafters, please note. The actors do great with it, too.

    Since Nov 2006 • 36 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Can anyone tell me the name of the song being used in one of the promo clips ?
    It's the promo with a shot of a bonfire and a shot of Judd alone in bed, not the promo with the mortuary scene and Cheryl's voice-over.

    It's a very beautiful, haunting song, that's for sure. I assume it's by an NZ artist ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Is it online anywhere Grant? I've only seen the season 1-5 recap which has some promo stuff at the end, and the hospital/mortuary one.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Maze,

    Outrageous Fortune, definitely NZ's best show ever in my book. Regarding James Griffin you forgot to mention "Spin Doctors" mocking the PR industry (could there be a worthier target?) which was seriously underrated. I recall a priceless letter to the Herald from an aggrieved PR agency guy commenting that not all PR company owners were pretentious, Audi driving, vineyard owning tossers. His self important seriousness somewhat undermined his point. I'm sure the writers had a chuckle about that one.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2007 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Regarding James Griffin you forgot to mention "Spin Doctors" mocking the PR industry (could there be a worthier target?) which was seriously underrated.

    Good point. His NZ On Screen bio reminds me he was also involved with Street Legal, which didn't altogether suck either, and was story producer on Bro' Town. OTOH, I deliberately left out Diplomatic Immunity, because I didn't really get that. Sorry James ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Outrageous Fortune, definitely NZ's best show ever in my book.

    Better even than the early years of Selwyn Toogood's It's in the Bag? More ground-breaking than Blerta? More important than Tangata Whenua?

    Sorry, just a perennial thing I have about bold claims of best ever ... All Black performance, sporting success, tv show

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Outrageous Fortune, definitely NZ's best show ever in my book.
    All Black performance, sporting success, tv show

    Sometimes it's valid though, right?

    All whites: Best performance by New Zealand football team at a World Cup, ever.
    All Blacks: Best performance by an All Blacks side rated number two in the world against the Springboks (rated number one) at Eden park, on Saturday 10th July 2010, ever.

    And, just to be a real pendant, it's his book. Coincidentally, also in my book.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • James Griffin,

    But what lovely things you all say - I'm getting a tad emotional here in my freezing bloody office. Is it too early to go to the pub?

    Many many thanks for the love - and I hope you still love it tomorrow morning.

    I'm only really here to answer Grant's music question - if it's the same song we used in the episode (and I'm pretty sure it is) it is The Veils "Sit Down by the Fire". We love The Veils at OF.

    Since Nov 2006 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Anyone care to take bets on the rudest scene? Who with who, and doing what?

    My money's on Loretta, and Hayden "Bloody" Peters. Angry and rough, somewhere highly uncomfortable (perhaps in a Mini).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    I really liked James comment re The Wests (in Canvas), he loved them but wouldn't want to live next door to them.

    Spin Doctors was a bit OK too. Seemed to be based on some first-hand knowledge.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Is this the official video? Haven't seen it before, but love the song to pieces.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    I'm only really here to answer Grant's music question - if it's the same song we used in the episode (and I'm pretty sure it is) it is The Veils "Sit Down by the Fire". We love The Veils at OF.

    Yes, that's it ! Thank you. Thanks for using some songs by the L.E.D.s last year, too.

    James, please pat youself and everyone involved with Outrageous Fortune on the back for me, it's been a real pleasure to watch.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Many many thanks for the love - and I hope you still love it tomorrow morning.

    Only if we feel respected.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Yes, that's it ! Thank you. Thanks for using some songs by the L.E.D.s last year, too.

    I was going to mention that, but you did it for me. Using the L.E.D.s was a show of very good taste indeed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I love Outrageous Fortune - but this feels like a wake too soon

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    All Blacks: Best performance by an All Blacks side rated number two in the world against the Springboks (rated number one) at Eden park, on Saturday 10th July 2010, ever.

    Well for starters, the All Blacks are the #1 ranked team in the world, and the Springboks are #2. Has been that way since end of last year (http://www.irb.com/rankings/full.html).

    I think some people would rate parts of the 1956 series in NZ, and the 1996 series (first time we won in South Africa) as best.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I'm only really here to answer Grant's music question - if it's the same song we used in the episode (and I'm pretty sure it is) it is The Veils "Sit Down by the Fire".

    You had two Reb Fountain tracks in season 5, which had me all excited. Please use her again, and pay her well.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

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