It was expensive, it was tough to shoot, it was one of the biggest bombs of its season. But in the end Glenn Caron and William "Bud" Shakespeare got the last laugh with this awe-inspiring remake of The Taming of the Shrew that remains the most famous episode of Moonlighting. The first half of this episode is so deliriously funny and spectacular that you can't honestly see how they can possibly keep it up for the full hour, but they do, for the most part anyway. This episode also features the show's most grandiose use of comedic... abandon? Is that the right word? When Moonlighting is at its most pedestrian it is still sending up its own format and genre with a gleefully deft grasp of Marx Brothers, Looney Tunes-esque capering. But here the gags are not only screwier, sillier, broader but also more frequent. As Glenn expresses in the commentary, the ENTIRE thing is basically a Warner Bros cartoon. The artistic merit of AS's glorious TV genre busting maybe commendable, the balls to go out on a limb with Shakespeare (in iambic pentameter) on prime time maybe startling. BUT the real genius of this episode is the comedy writing by Jeff Reno and Ron Osborn. The one script that Caron admits to leaving alone.
The episode struggles ever so slightly to maintain its brisk momentum all the way to the end but why carp?
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2012 11:14:00 GMT -5 by dedaved
I recently read Cybill Disobedience, and in her book Cybill seems overly critical of this episode. This i find hard to understand. Our girl knows what a shakespearian comedy is supposed be like. They scene she was upset was the "wedding scene" where she was tied up. But it was only that one scene. And the whole episode is pulled of just great. It's a classic. I love her line, "I havest a headache." This was well done TV. But i don't understand why she is so critical ... she's an actress and a damn good one at that. Her work in that episode is great. So why all the negative.------Conrad aka Connie