Painter, musician, bibliophile...
I got the whole season. In a state of overwork and fraught nerves, I wanted nothing more than to escape into some light hilarity. This series, for the most part, provided that admirably, although it gets a bit stale as it moves toward Season 7.
The British take the mickey out of the usual suspects. Satan says, "Screaming always sounds better in German, don't you think?" (Something to do with waiting for the verb). The French, oh, the French! And of course, the Americans don't escape unscathed. Then it's time to turn on one's own with lots of topical UK snark on pop culture, politics, and sport.
You'll meet the all-too-good professor. And Thomas, the most evil thing ever to emerge from Godalming. (Well, as yet). But the devil is the star-turn, of course, and he is quite a bit more lovable that you might have imagined.
I feel better now. Maybe you will too after you spend a season in hell with the deranged Andy Hamilton and his impish minions.
Anyone with a pulse is likely to laugh out loud throughout this send-up of nearly everything online, particularly the hivemind "consensus is everything" phenomenon. "Why would you dissent? Welcome to BigiPedia, your all-powerful, unblinking servant!"
Discussion forums, "expert" guardians of information, the computer as a substitute for childcare, instant translation, inescapable adverts, and the disambiguation which leads to reambiguation are skewered. The entire program is a simluation of the mad information overload that is daily reality.
The only thing that worries me is that "BigiMedic, now with the healing power of doctors" may be the future of health care: "Click here to find out when one of our BigiAmbulances may be in your area."
All we can do is to pour some Chianto ("because Pandora also had a bottle"), wrap up warm in Beelzebunting, and hope for the best.
Bigipedia 2.0 is another installment of the unutterable madness that only the British can provide. It sends up online research, social networking, oversharing, screen names, blatant manipulation, false emotion, discussion forums, and advertising, all performed in a style that complements our daily information overload.
If you need a break from serious reading, study, or a boring work week, you might want to listen to this. I laughed so much my face hurt. Word of advice: do not drink any beverage while listening to this unless you require nasal lavage.