This comment on a review of a Disney film explains so many of my issues with the way Veep used Richard in the final two seasons.
Do not get me wrong. I love Samuel Richardson – his performance in Veep as an amiable imbecile is exquisite at every point.
But it worked for me in the earlier seasons because everyone responded to Richard with the piss-boiling frustration his character would naturally inspire.
The moment people start reacting to Richard as though he is actually competent or useful or interesting, I start to become annoyed with him.
And it makes me feel terrible, because Samuel Richardson is so damn good. The bit in season 6 where he pulls out his “tourist hat” or says he’s standing in the corner so he won’t show up in the painting…his line delivery is flawless. I laughed so hard I sprained something.
But mostly I don’t find Richard in the later seasons to be particularly funny, and it’s entirely down to bad writing.