First off, if there is a thread already, google couldn't find it.
Second, anyone else here who watched this show back in the day ? I saw it dubbed as a kid on tv and have watched pretty mucht he whole show again in the original.
Now what realy astounds me about this show is that my favourite character has to be….Cyril Sneer. And not just because of being the "bad guy" but because he is by far the most "human" (he's a pink Aardvark but you get my point) character on the show, and actualy the most human "villain" in any show of the era I remember.
Yes, he started off rather clichéd and, for lack of a better word, stupid. Going in Alone basicly had him spend decades of his life fabricating false stories about a fictional monster and spending what must have amounted to a small fortune building various traps and devices into the mountain side, just to prevent someone from getting to the top of the mountain (the episode is basicly twenty minutes of Cyril trying to, effectively and pretty much definitely, kill Bert) because his uncle made him swear not to destroy his statue who'se plaque mentions his leaving his fortune to charity. And then when Bert gets up there and faints (I do have to admit though, that shot of the statue actualy did realy impress, startle and slightly scare me as a kid) he has it hauled to a warehouse.....which he could have done some twenty years before and he would have saved himself a ton of work and money.
However, as time goes by he got "better". There were still moments when he behaved like a Grade A douchebag, however during the course of the series he:
*turns off the alarm system in an episode where he's paranoid about a business partner he's screwed over once coming back to give him his come-uppance, when Cedric is in danger and says "That's my son up there and his security is the only thing that matters to me ."
- He actualy tries to win Lady Baden-Baden's hand in marriage purely because he thinks Cedric needs a mother
- He's revealed he actualy has (a) friend(s) and even steps up on stage to help the guy get over his stage-fright
- He gives advice to Lisa about quiting the smokes as well as he refuses to smash his son's clubhouse to appeal to the rich folks in their private club.
- Is disgusted when the pigs pollute the local fishing hole with toxic waste, saying they can't bring it back with money
- helps fix up the old school where Bentley goes to and where he used to go as a kid.
- has a legitimate relationship with a woman which is mutual and in no way setup as a scam and it only breaks up due to his doing dealings with shady characters, and he's very torn about it.
- when he's trapped under a collapsing building and Shaeffer tries saving him he actualy tells him to go and leave him behind.
- actualy spends time and effort just to help his son's exhibit at the museum ,a bit too much, sure, but he admits he did it because he simply wanted to help and there realy was no ulterior motive.
- he also convinced Bentley not to run away from home