AFTER mixed reactions to controversial character S.mouse, Chris Lilley returns to more familiar territory in tonight’s third episode of Angry Boys.
Many critics and fans were less than impressed with Lilley’s portrayal of the manufactured American hip-hop star, with some questioning if the character was only included to appeal to American audiences.
Last week’s episode still rated well, though, with a national average of 1.346 million viewers. That’s only slightly less than the 1.368 million viewers who tuned in to the show’s premiere.
Tonight viewers get to meet former pro surfer turned Mucca Mad Boys gang leader Blake Oakfield – one of the ‘legends’ for Dunt twins Daniel and Nathan.
I’m predicting this episode will be a watershed moment for the series.
Were viewers turned off by S.mouse so much that they will switch off, or will they stick by Lilley and see what surfer Blake has to offer?
Oakfield is certainly closer to the Aussie characters Lilley has previously portrayed on Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes.
Manipulative Japanese mum Jen Okazaki, who we’ve yet to see, also has the potential to lift the show back to the comedic highs expected of it.
It will also be interesting to see how international audiences receive the show in the coming weeks.
The disappointment about S.mouse does not seem to have dulled the excitement on social networking sites for Angry Boys’ UK premiere on BBC3 on June 7.
The show was trending on Twitter following the announcement of its UK air date. A date has yet to be set for its American debut on pay-TV channel HBO.