After a blockbuster pilot that I’m sure by now has hooked many people, ‘Guy Guy’ returns with another solid episode as it begins its 13 week mission to steal the heart and soul of Ghanaians…
Building a cult following is important for the survival of any television series in this day and age of a very saturated media environment. In the US, which in many ways is the pinnacle of the entertainment industry, there are many shows that lingered for long and outlived their projected shelf lives because of a rabid following that simply refused to let go.
‘Fringe’ and ‘Rules of Engagement’, two personal favourites of mine, simply refused to die despite projected doom year after year by critics, just because that first tranche of followers stubbornly hang on and kept ratings at an appreciable level for the bosses.
The situation is not exactly parallel here, simply because ‘Guy Guy’ is just miles ahead of most of the competition, but what I see from the limited viewing I have seen is that this show would build a cult following, which would linger long after it has gone from our screens.
And only one man would be responsible for that, main character Kalybos. He already has the cult following from his ‘Boys Kasa’ series, and his antics in ‘Guy Guy’ mirror those so much that it’s inevitable most of those would cross over.
Hence the title for this piece, which of course can only occur from a Kalybos antic. The eccentric genius from episode one runs into Kaakie in a chance meeting on the street, but with all the embellishments only Kalybos can bring to a scene.
After Kaakie’s car nearly run over our hero, he started some spirited acting, perhaps hoping to glean some ‘coins’ from the near accident. So there he was hopping about and generally making a scene, despite the car never touching him, until he turned about and came face to face with who the driver of the car actually was.
Immediately, Kalybos turned into a fangirl, literally. Amazingly, he turned the situation into a ploy to get Kaakie’s number. How he does that though, and the hilarity imbibed in there, is the highlight of the episode for me- and why you must watch to also learn ‘how to get a celebrity’s number’
The episode title, ‘Church Girl, refers to the Legonite Derby, played by Nikki Samonas. Somehow despite having two onscreen boyfriends and perhaps others we do not know about, she put on a typical ‘Chrife’ air after running into one half of Keche. Using that to solicit a lift, it turned out just to be a ploy to get to a pseudo date with Kalybos, with the bemused Keche in the same restaurant and somehow baffled at the unexpected turn of events.
He confronted her later, in a strong scene for Derby. Samonas plays the part well, but the whole scenario with Keche seemed a little forced.
The opposite is noticeable in a scene with Kenya the aspiring rapper and his friend Kwame. Kwame, another of Derby’s enamoured boyfriends, had been arrested for talking to her whilst driving in the first episode. After being bailed out by Kenya, he was given a stern talking to, but he was too in the clouds about his ‘obroni’ girlfriend to give a fig about what his friend was telling him. The dialogue was a little stilted, which is often my biggest gripe about local shows; the dialogue never seems organic. Often the scenario is right, but the dialogue lets it down.
But Kenya saved it later, when he encountered Kobby and his broken down car. The musician needed a battery, but the aspiring musician had other ideas. He would only acquiesce if Kobby agreed to help his music career. Of course the latter sent him on his way, making it the second week in the row Kenya had been kicked to the curb by a famous person- he really needs to change his methods.
Which nearly concludes another strong episode of ‘Guy Guy’. Not as strong, nor as funny, as the pilot, but still a pretty solid effort. The guest stars this week, Keche and Kaakie were both good, and there was an unreal moment with Keche when the writers broke the fourth wall, which I’m sure a lot of people would find hilarious.
Kalybos ended the episode at the airport, waiting for his uncle to drop from ‘Amanone’. The ever green Master Richard, and Kofi Wayo, would be the big attractions of next week’s episode.
“Guy Guy” airs on GTV at 9:00pm (each Saturday).
“Guy Guy” is proudly sponsored by Kasapreko Alomo Silver and Vicco Malt.
“Guy Guy” Series is written and produced by Ghanaian Rapper-2ras and directed by Kofi Asamoah of “Kalybos in China” – it was shot on various locations in Accra.
Check out the promo video of ‘Guy Guy’ below…