If you’ve ever been in a supermarket to buy your wares you will have noticed that peoples work there and that’s how stuff gets put out for you to purchase. For four years now Trollied has looked beyond the pineapples and ugly uniforms and taken us to the heart of the shop itself…the frozen isle? No the staff silly!
Trollied is essentially a character based comedy, because very little actually happens. With that logic in mind it requires the show to have strong characters, which when it started it certainly did, however as the series has progressed it has slowly lost those major characters who made the show promoting minor characters to larger roles and also replacing them with piss poor excuses for shop workers.
The sad thing about Trollied is that it should have ended after either Julie (assistant manager lady) or Kieran (butcher guy) left, and to be more frank the show pretty much stopped being any good after Mark Addy (Andy the butcher) left. When you look at the cast for the start of series 4 you realise that of the five main characters when Trollied began only one was remaining (Gavin the store manager guy).
We saw six new characters introduced at the start of series 4, and with such a large upheavel you really need to hit with just about every one of them, in reality they hit with at best one. I’ll start on a positive note, I felt that Daniel (assistant manager) was a reasonable addition to the show, he wasn’t there to be funny he was the straight man and he worked well. That’s where the positives end I’m afraid and oh god are there shit loads of negatives.
Stephen Tompkinson has been in many different shows and on the face of it seemed like a good addition to the show but in reality he was atrocious. Margaret was at a loose end because Andy and Kieran were no longer in the show so they stuck her at the pharmacy because why the fuck not, needless to say it didn’t work. Miriam Margolyes (Colin’s nan) is a funny woman and has been excellent in a number of different shows, when I saw that she had been signed up for Trollied I was intrigued, however turns out I was let down again as her character added nothing to the show and also wasn’t funny, which in many ways is inexcusable. Charlie (the Irishy lady) didn’t make any sense either because the character was just too stupid to be realistic, it was then made even more annoying that they forced her into a relationship with Daniel which was so blatant I felt like I had been hit multiple times with a shovel. Again I’ve seen the actress in other shows and I’d say that she’s better than this.
I’ve made a new paragraph for this part because I want it to be highlighted. Can you see the pattern? I have talked about three different actors who have been good in numerous different shows but are really bad in this. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that the writing is really bad for this show. It used to have a certain charm to it and had a strong cast to cover any faults with the writing, but the show has lost most of its best characters and even though they’ve tried to replace them with other people it just hasn’t worked. The show is failing because it has a mix of poor acting and poor writing, the formula for disaster.
I’d like to take a special section of this post to question why the fuck Jack Carroll (the disabled guy) is put in any TV show. Not only can he not act, he is also a shit comedian and a total arsehole. I mean why the fuck is this guy getting work? He is awful. His routine is essentially ‘hahaha I’m disabled!’ and the response people give is ‘awww he’s fighting prejudice’, when in fact he’s doing the opposite. He adds nothing to the show other than to make me roll my eyes and tut a lot, which is annoying because then my eyes hurt cause they’re rolling so much and then I’m even more annoyed. I read about a lot of people calling him a great comedian and I can’t help but think to myself that if that’s a great comedian then obviously I don’t understand life whatsoever. I don’t dislike him because he is disabled (that would be stupid and ignorant), I dislike him because his brand of comedy is lazy (Jack Whitehall does the same thing but with posh jokes) and I dislike seeing untalented people garnering success. Just in case you are wondering you can come out from behind the sofa because the rant is now over.
Anyway I generally find that the sign that a show has went to long is when bit part characters begin to be inserted into the show as main characters and Trollied has done exactly that with Colin, Lisa, Sue, Linda and Neville all being forced into the main cast when in reality they aren’t strong enough characters to justify that place.
This has been a very negative review and you know what it should be a very negative review because this was once a show worth watching and it has become a piss stain on the carpet. It really is a poor excuse for a comedy now and with barely any of the original main cast left it makes it even worse. Plainly put Trollied needs to be cancelled and the sooner it happens the better.
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