Well, the Brits are back and Sunday night is, once again, my favorite TV night of the week. What with the loss of Dexter and Shameless, Sunday night television was beginning to feel like a barren wasteland, but April 22 brought with it the very long-anticipated Season 3 premiere of The Ricky Gervais Show. And what was the topic of conversation during that first episode? You guessed it: another of Karl’s asinine movie pitch ideas. Let’s recap, shall we?
Season 2 movie pitch: Clive Warren (that’s Karlspeak for Clive Owen) and Rebecca DeMournay star as a lovely couple; Clive gets hit by a car and is in a coma; Morgan Freeman plays the doctor who then advises DeMournay to either pull the plug on her beau or allow Freeman to transplant half of Clive’s brain into her head. Grief-stricken, she accepts half of her love’s brain in exchange for half of her own, which creates a duality within her because she now has two people’s thoughts, always. She overhears (of course, because his thoughts are now in her head) Clive call out to some other woman. She goes searching for this other woman, Leslie, fearing he’d had an affair during his life. Clive’s half of the brain then dominates Rebecca’s, confesses to his mistress, Leslie, that part of his brain is inside Rebecca’s head, and Rebecca and Leslie then decide to be together.
Season 3 movie pitch: this film begins with a man, Bryan, and his girlfriend watching the 7th installment of Mission: Impossible, starring Tom Cruise. The girlfriend is a Cruise fan but the gentleman doesn’t care for him. This man is a struggling actor who has not yet found his break. During the filming of Mission: Impossible 8, Tom Cruise is severely injured on set. News breaks of the accident while Bryan is driving to work. Bryan is distracted in celebration over Cruise’s demise, gets into a near-fatal car crash and is rushed to the hospital. Some time later, he awakes and is told that his brain was implanted into Tom Cruise’s body, which apparently was donated after his terrible accident. Bryan is asked to fill in to complete the filming of Mission: Impossible 8 – his big break! He sort of assumes Cruise’s career but finds he isn’t as happy as he’d have thought, since his girlfriend is a bit too pleased with his new appearance and career and he ultimately finds himself posing the question: “Who are we? Are we the people in our body, or the people we look like?” (Karl’s exact words.) Poor Bryan has become a person he never liked.
Basically, what we’ve learned is that Karl is kind of obsessed with the idea of a brain transplant, something that is utterly impossible, by the way, though Karl claims scientists are working tirelessly to make it a reality. What fucking medical journals are you reading, Karl???
All nonsense aside, it’s so good to have the boys back.