Don't watch Friday Night Bites 2 at bedtime

by Diana Wichtel / 20 March, 2018

Friday Night Bites leaves a hilarious and eye-wateringly audacious legacy.

Warning: do not watch an episode of Friday Night Bites 2 unless you have time for all 10. Luckily, they’re short, because they’re as bingeable as we’ve come to expect from those web series national treasures, the Flat3 posse. Some are truly terrifying, from extreme toilet humour to Black Mirror-esque twisted sci-fi, in which an evil Jennifer Ward-Lealand mainlines the youthful Kiwi-Asian blood of the show’s three hapless flatmates, Perlina, Jessica and Lee. Moral: don’t go anywhere without peanut M&Ms.

This season tackles, in trademark, reliably alarming style, issues of race, gender and what to do when your brown platonic snuggle buddy disappointingly turns out to be a white guy. Reverse Racism – “based on a true story” – tackles that dodgy concept with the pace and hit rate of a professional ping-pong grudge match. Lee: “But where are you from?” Snuggle buddy: “Palmerston North.” Jess: “Your mother had an affair.” Snuggle buddy: “You’re being a little offensive right now.”

There’s The Other Woman, an admirably concise, surprisingly poignant trawl through that moral minefield: “Monogamy isn’t even natural. It’s a religious/societal construct!”; “How good a person you are depends on how hard you try not to be an arsehole.” The Morning After explores in remorseless detail that situation where your one-night stand wants to stay for breakfast but you really need to, as it were, go. Cue orchestral bodily function noises off.

Flat3 have been doing it since 2013. These days ageing is a theme, biological clocks tick and mortality arrives in the form of Dave Fane: “No one’s going to believe us that Death is a Samoan guy dressed in a bow tie.” It’s like writer-director Roseanne Liang and comedians JJ Fong, Perlina Lau and Ally Xue were locked in that flat for so long they started hallucinating and just wrote it all down. Excellent.

Sadly, this is the last series of Friday Night Bites. They team have left a hilarious, strange, awkward, eye-wateringly audacious legacy. It won’t be the last we hear of them.

Video FLAT3 Productions

This article was first published in the March 17, 2018 issue of the New Zealand Listener.

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