TV Review: The Feed Season 2 Episode 10 – 25th February 2014 (SBS2, Australia)


Certainly the most noteworthy of The Feed’s headlines for its February 25 episode was the proposed fatwa being put on a mission to Mars by the United Arab Emirates. Whilst this sounds like an Onion article or a bizarre pulpy science fiction plot, this is actually the situation many Muslims may find themselves in. Not everyone wants to take the trip up there, sure, but a religious ban is just bizarre!

From there the team took us on a brief yet memorable trip down memory lane for recently deceased comic legend Harold Ramis. Pretty much anyone over 20 will have some beloved memory of Ramis, whether they knew his name or not. His comedic turns as an actor in Ghostbusters and Stripes and as a writer/director of classics like Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and National Lampoon’s Vacation are the stuff of legend, and a suitably light hearted yet tender eulogy is a well deserved slice of TV. Vale Ramis.

A fair chunk of the show, while still undoubtedly a heavily edited down version of the full interview, was taken up by a chat between host Marc Fennell and British funny man Nick Frost. Forst, ostensibly out to promote his forthcoming Cuban Fury dance movie, is an always entertaining subject and it’s brilliant seeing someone like Fennell, holding his own as a witty and intelligent interviewer, being able to draw out the qualities in the man we all love.

And briefly, The Feed touched on the online phenomenon that is Twitch Plays Pokemon. If you’re yet to look into this bizarre and fascinating democratic-cum-anarchic group playthrough of Pokemon red, you need to fix this. Typically, the show did a bang up job of explaining why it’s fascinating without dumbing down what is honestly tricky and odd subject matter.


The Feed airs Monday-Thursday, 7:35 (repeated 10:30) on SBS2


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