The Spoils of Babylon is another IFC series, this one a spoof 70s TV miniseries, with a ridiculous cast (Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Carey Mulligan, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Toby Huss).
Ferrell, as an old drunk Orson Wells type, introduces each episode of the cut-down version of his 20+ hour miniseries from the 70s that he wrote, directed, produced, and financed on his own, that subsequently no network wanted to air. Tobey Maguire is apparently dying and narrating into a tape recorder his life story as the adopted son of a millionaire (Robbins) who wants to bang his adopted sister (Wiig), and then prime time soap drama happens, what with the money and family and forbidden love and stuff.
It’s peppered with not-very-funny jokes, intentionally bad acting, intentional continuity problems, occasional faux-Shakespearean monologues where normal American people start using overly complicated and sometimes gibberish words, cheap special effects (with visible strings attached to most miniatures), and all that sorta thing.
I found Will Ferrell’s parts funny (which is rare lately), so I watched all 6 episodes. Also there’s a sequence where Tobey Maguire is trying to take down a huge corporation by writing poetry, and they just have Jessica Alba prance around in the background in lingerie (pictured), so that was nice.