Like the previous Ricky Gervais-centered docusoap-sitcom-drama The Office, Derek lands on the wrong side of the fine line between the mockery of boredom, and just being boring. Short sentence for balance.
I think it’s pretending to be serious - through the medium of humour - about serious issues, those being the behaviour of people with learning disabilities and caring for the elderly. Thankfully it’s not ridiculing. It’s just naff. My head was messed with when Karl Pilkington’s character was annoyed with how dim Derek was: the complete opposite of XFM or The Ricky Gervais Show, so that was fun.
Things I liked!, in sloppy bullet form as I can’t organise my thoughts:
Completely unsuspecting moments, like Derek running through the home in the nude. Can’t believe I smiled at the sight of a soaking, naked Ricky Gervais. Oh well.
I didn’t like the protruding chin act, as it seemed to bethe character’s only strong feature. Mr Gervais did very well to keep it sticking out, though. Another horrid sentence there.
In one scene, Derek reminded me of me: the person who shows his friends a funny video online that no one else thinks is funny. In this case it is Hamster on a Piano, which isn’t funny at all, and therefore a good choice.
The interview section in which he cried seemed very genuine.
I predict Derek will not take off after this pilot HAHAHAHAHA no one has ever said that.