To have something you hold dear taken lightly, to hear familiar and cherished words crudely imitated for the purposes of entertainment; that’s something Holy Flying Circus has helped me to understand. Like Life of Brian it was incredibly clever and well executed, and the jokes were very very funny, but it made me feel queasy to have the motives of the Pythons and by extension the righteousness of their conduct even questioned. Yes, I realise the irony in all this. It’s made me into Mel Smith in the Not the Nine O’Clock News Sketch, which I’ll now have to post again:
I suppose the major criticism I have, if I try to be objective for a moment, was that the recreation of the Friday Night, Saturday Morning show added nothing to the original. The additional context and the distracting cutaways were superfluous. Watching Palin get so upset in person is far more affecting than seeing it re-enacted. The authenticity is more important than anything else.
Still, you cannot fault it for its respectful treatment of The Nicest Man in the World. To criticise Palin? That would have been blasphemy.