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Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« on: 12 Jul 2007, 17:32 »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkplace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEV-o6-invU

Episodes can be found in the "related videos" box =) I think some of you lot might really appreciate this show. I discovered it just today and am looking forward to plowing through all eps over the coming week!

Cheers!

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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #1 on: 12 Jul 2007, 19:07 »

TV-Links has every episode.

This series was absolutely incredible in every way.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #2 on: 12 Jul 2007, 19:11 »

Yeah, it superb. 

There's a bunch of roughly linked shows (through writers, actors, etc.) - this, The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, and Nathan Barley.  Barley's got different writers and a different style, is actually my favourite of them all, but they're all worthwhile.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #3 on: 13 Jul 2007, 00:04 »

Stephen Merchant makes an appearace in it, linking it to The Office and the movie Hot Fuzz!
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #4 on: 13 Jul 2007, 03:35 »

I watched it when it aired for the first time in England years ago. I even did something I've never done before - I told everyone I knew to watch it. Between my friends we couldn't believe they wouldn't let them make more shows. It's the funniest comedy I've seen in a decade.

I can't really pick highlights since there are so many in the six short episodes that exist. Probably every single thing Dr. Lucian "Sanch" Sanchez says. Plus Thornton Reed. All of the mid-show cast interviews. The 'One Track Lover' moment, which was so funny the first time I saw it I was actually gasping for air. Little snippets of the show come to me each day still and I start laughing. Lines have become part of my day to day lexicon and people probably think I'm as ridiculous as the characters in the show because of it.

Todd Rivers: "I was worried that some of the special effects wouldn't hold up but I saw them again the other day and it's not true, they look brilliant."

Dr. Sanchez: "But I don't even know your name."
Patient: "Barbara."
Dr. Sanchez: "DOCTOR SANCHEZ."

Dr. Rick Dagless MD: "I'm going to miss you son. I'm going to miss the witty banter, which has fizzed from the get-go."

Dean Learner: "When Garth showed me the script for the first time I looked him in the eye (I've never been afraid to hold another man's gaze - it's very natural) and said to him 'This is going to be the most significant televisual event since 'Quantum Leap'.' "

Dr. Rick Dagless MD: "What can you tell us about apes, Pastor?"
Pastor: "Monkeys were provided by our Lord Jesus Christ for our own personal entertainment.That's all we know."
Dr. Rick Dagless MD: "But..."
Pastor: "That's all we know Rick."

Watch it. It can't be adequately described.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #5 on: 13 Jul 2007, 19:30 »

Tommy introduced me to this show a little while back and I absolutely love it.

I still think my favourite bit is the cat saying "JUST LEAVE" at the beginning of the first episode.

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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #6 on: 13 Jul 2007, 20:08 »

Funny, that cat just told me to leave.

TV doesn't get any better than this. Must've watched the series hundreds of times over the last couple of years.

Best bit IMO is probably the pedal bike chase making the engine noises, then the ridiculous chase through the playground and the punch into the boxes at the end of it. Just an awesome sequence.

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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #7 on: 14 Jul 2007, 02:47 »

Even if you ignore the quotable stuff there's still the shocking editing, the music, the hamfisted performances and so on.  Fuck.  That opening theme really is perfect.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #8 on: 14 Jul 2007, 09:38 »

I've been trying to get the opening theme as a sound file to use as a ringtone for months but no joy, don't suppose anyone here knows where I could find it (or at least start looking)?

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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #9 on: 14 Jul 2007, 09:49 »

Haha wow i remember this, incredible! You, sir have just made my day  :mrgreen:
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #10 on: 14 Jul 2007, 16:07 »

I've been trying to get the opening theme as a sound file to use as a ringtone for months but no joy, don't suppose anyone here knows where I could find it (or at least start looking)?
Um, if you're into computers and you're on Windows you can rip the sucker off Youtube and turn it into an MP3.  I assume it's on youtube.  I forget what you need to save the Flash video file, but to convert FLV to MP3 you could use a free thing called SUPER.  It's a bit buggy, but it's free.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #11 on: 14 Jul 2007, 17:34 »

Or, if you've got a soundblaster (it may work with other cards as well), get Audacity and set its input mode to 'What U Hear'. Then press record and just play the video on youtube. It will record everything that outputs through your speakers. It's how I get samples for my music. In fact, I can do it for you if you can't work it out.

I fucking LOVE Darkplace. One of the three best British TV comedies of the 00's (The others being The Mighty Boosh and Monkey Dust. I don't think I could rank them). And I say this as probably the biggest fan of cheesy British sci-fi TV on the boards.

What I've never entirely decided is whether Garth Merenghi is supposed to be a pisstake of Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, or all three. There are elements there of all of them I think. The covers of his books (and the sheer number of them) are extremely reminiscent of King. He dresses a lot like Gaiman, and a lot of the actual elements of Darkplace itself could be taken as parodying the TV and film ventures of all three of them.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #12 on: 14 Jul 2007, 18:03 »

It's incredible how cheesy media can only be really good or really bad. You can either end up with Evil Aliens, not worth watching for any reason, unless you're paid minumum wage or more to do so, or you can find Darkplace and quit your job and spend all your time watching it because it is so awesome.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #13 on: 14 Jul 2007, 18:21 »

I'd heard of this vaguely someplace before, but never watched it.

My life feels more complete now that I have. Like a big hole in my body has been filled. Not in a sexual sense, but sort of like that.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #14 on: 14 Jul 2007, 21:28 »

And I say this as probably the biggest fan of cheesy British sci-fi TV on the boards.
If you say that again I will fucking cut you.  To quote you back at yourself.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #15 on: 14 Jul 2007, 21:29 »

Dr. Rick Dagless MD: "What can you tell us about apes, Pastor?"
Pastor: "Monkeys were provided by our Lord Jesus Christ for our own personal entertainment.That's all we know."
Dr. Rick Dagless MD: "But..."
Pastor: "That's all we know Rick."

Pastor [to Rick]: "You're the most sensitive man I know. And I know God."
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #16 on: 15 Jul 2007, 00:02 »

If you say that again I will fucking cut you.  To quote you back at yourself.

This will only be settled with a Sapphire and Steel quote-off.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #17 on: 15 Jul 2007, 02:29 »

Man, I can't quote any of it, but I did watch it when it originally screened... I watched The Tomorrow People more recently.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #18 on: 15 Jul 2007, 09:42 »

Or, if you've got a soundblaster (it may work with other cards as well), get Audacity and set its input mode to 'What U Hear'. Then press record and just play the video on youtube. It will record everything that outputs through your speakers. It's how I get samples for my music. In fact, I can do it for you if you can't work it out.

Oh yeah, shit, totally forgot I had that Audacity thing lying around. Cheers, I'll do that.

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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #19 on: 15 Jul 2007, 14:17 »

Pastor [to Rick]: "You're the most sensitive man I know. And I know God."

Is there any way we can engineer this so it looks like you talking about me?

I desperately want this as a sig.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #20 on: 15 Jul 2007, 15:25 »

Pastor [to Tommydski]: "You're the most sensitive man I know. And I know God."

There we go.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #21 on: 15 Jul 2007, 16:47 »

Tommy, you're the most sensitive man I know. And I know God.
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« Reply #22 on: 15 Jul 2007, 18:15 »

Done here.
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #23 on: 15 Jul 2007, 19:58 »

You absolutely had to have someone actually say that before you put it in your sig? That's silly. Couldn't you just have done this:

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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #24 on: 16 Jul 2007, 13:27 »

Excellent show.  :-D
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Re: Garth Marenghi's "Darkplace"
« Reply #25 on: 24 Jul 2007, 00:16 »

When I saw this series it absolutely MADE my 2005 in every concievable way. Legendary, simply legendary
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