So everybody reading this might now what The IT Crowd is: a pretty cool nerd/geek TV series about Roy and Moss, two "Standard Nerds", their new boss Jen, and their adventures in and outside their basement office.
Now we take a look what my friend Oliver just sent me. Sat1, a german TV broadcaster, is doing a (more or less) exact remake of the show, using german actors, and called iTeam. Wouldn't be that bad, now, would it? If they would get the jokes right. Even Graham Lineham, the maker of the original show in UK thinks they yet missed the very first gag simply because they got the wrong camera angle. The blog entry starts "Oh, dear God, what have I done?". Some other opinions can be found in the Sat1 Forum on iTeam, which seems to be moderated in a way. Somewhere in the blogosphere, wherever that might be, there's a good comparison of the characters and storyline of the first episode The IT Crowd vs. iTeam.
In my opinion the adaption is pretty much a bunch of crap. They basically just replay the english episodes, try to add a joke here, leave out a sentence and a half there, that's it. Of course not all jokes are adapted badly, and others can't be as they won't work here in germany. Some of the most important issues here are that they left out a lot of geek jokes like the first support call Moss is answering in the first episode:
You see the drive hooks a function by patching the system call table so it's not safe to unload it unless another thread is about to jump in there and do its stuff. And you don't want to end up in the middle of invalid memory.Next thing is the basement office: I'm not so disturbed by the soviet theme of the office as in the comparison I liked above, but more by the gadgets: there are a lot of robots and stuff but not that much cool old hardware as in the original show.
The actors or adapted characters are another topic. Sky DuMont itself is simply too soft to be the hard company boss welcoming new employees with a long, hard stare. Don't get me wrong, I liked him in other movies, and I think he's a good actor, but he's wrong for this part.
For the other three: Stefan Puntigam as Gabriel is absolutely no geek for me. Geeks don't compare phonebooks. That's bullshit! Sandy played by Britta Horn has not the disarming charisma of Katherine Parkinson as Jen. Sebastian Münster playing Tom is the least worst of all. What doesn't mean he's good at it.
So much for that, I guess I'll just skip this show, not that I watch much TV at all. The only reason to watch it would be to slag iTeam off, but that's unhealty, isn't it?
Fortune or not, at least they seem to have licensed the scripts to adapt the show, or they would have to face the consequences:
I'm still unsure whether I'd like that or not...
... in my head tell me I'm not insane.
One voice hums the tune of Tetris.
Would you trust this man?
Or better, would you trust software from this man?
Picture from Coding Horror.
Well, it's really funny how much one depends on the internet. I noted this the last days, as my phone- and DSL line was down down. No emails, no google, no RSS feeds, no IRC, no IM, <place your killer application here>. Well, at least I got some books done.
Finally the cable guy from T-Com came this moring to check the socket and manifold in cellar. He screwed around for some time there and finally it was working. But don't ask me what the problem was, I didn't figure out it. Unfortunately for all the new phone- and internet service providers here in germany they are not allowed to buy the so-called "last mile" from the Telekom or T-Com, or even to pull their own. So everyone has to wait for a timeslot of a technician from T-Com to fix the line. Cramp!