Series / Lazy Company

General Paxton: I don't know if you're aware of that, but there's a war on! We're not here to fool around with guns! You're a disgrace to the army. No, you're not even a disgrace, you're morons! That's it! Big ol' MORONS! You're a moron, you're a moron, and you're a moron!
Sergeant Chester: Which moron is he talking about? I lost track.
Major Spring: He means you.
General Paxton: SHUT UP!!

Lazy Company is a French series, created by Alexandre Philip and Samuel Bodin, broadcast on premium movie/series channel OCS Max. There are three seasons of 10 episodes (26 minutes) each.

It's set in summer 1944 France, during the Battle of Normandy (except the first episode, which is before D-Day). While Easy Company is fighting their way through Nazi-infested Norman countryside, four losers are banded together after a spectacular bungle and given the derisive nickname of "Lazy Company" (because "stupid clowns" company was tried and rejected).

Sergeant Chester, Corporal Niels, and Privates Henry and Slice subsequently proceed to alternate Epic Fails and accidental victories, meet very strange people (including a Nazi Super Soldier, a Glamorous War Time Singer, a... belligerent female member of La Résistance, a former German soldier turned Camp Cook...), and generally try to stay alive.

Lazy Company provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Unrelated characters sometimes call Sergeant Chester "Fletcher". He objects every time.
  • All Women Are Lustful: General Margaret Sanders pinches and grabs Major Spring's butt every time she can.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: "La Normandie du bonheur", in the first season, is a Musical Episode; in season two, "Petits Secrets" is in black and white and a Homage to old horror movies.
  • Anti-Villainous Sacrifice: Isla ends up Taking the Bullet for Slice, showing that she isn't totally devoid of feeling, as she claimed.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Zig-zagged. Niels gleefully tries to seduce French girls, but his advances are constantly rebuffed, while Henry is a married virgin and has a lot of trouble not giving in to enthusiastic French girls.
  • Amusing Injuries: Generally, when someone gets hurt, they're down for a little while... Except Chester, who is kneecapped (in both knees) and shot in the shoulder in the opening of Season 2, and is fine ten minutes later in the same episode. Nobody even mentions his wounds. Played for Laughs.
  • Anachronism Stew: Generally Played for Laughs, too. General Paxton calls Chester "Lucky Luke", and MacGyver is mentioned at some point.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Chuck, holding Helmut at gun point: "Now I'm sorry, but I have to kill you. Well — when I say "I'm sorry", I don't mean it, it's just a phrase."
  • The Berserker: France after Henry is wounded in "Alamo". With a machine gun. "NOBODY OCCUPIES ME!"
  • Boldly Coming: Niels' idea of liberation is to sleep with all the pretty French women he can find. Not that he's very successful.
  • Catchphrase: Chester's "MERDE!", whenever he steps on a land mine.
  • The Cavalry: The Résistance girls swoop in with munitions when the guys run out. Then they run out of munitions as well.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The series' tone is clearly comedic; then mid-season things get Darker and Edgier when they realize there is a mole in camp, the Company is temporarily disbanded, Slice and Patriot are seriously wounded... And then it's back to alternating tragic / tense and hilarious into season two.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Charlie's Hitler impersonation, a minor gag in episode 2, is a major plot point in episode 10.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Niels, with his Skewed Priorities, and Chester, to some extent.
  • The Comically Serious: General Paxton, and his long-suffering aide, Chuck. You can count the times when they crack a smile on one hand.
  • Darkest Hour: The end of episode 7, "Counter-attack". Isla tortures and captures Niels, while Chester finds Captain/Patriot and Slice seriously wounded and brings both back to camp.
    • In the last minutes of "L'aigle noir" (episode 9) things look pretty darn hopeless, too. Chuck reveals himself as the mole, shoot General Paxton and Major Spring, tortures Helmut, and Camp Neptune is his and his men's. Meanwhile, Isla activates the bomb that was planted in her body. Cut to black.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Chester and Major Spring, who engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat when they're not at each other's throats (literally).
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Chester's misogyny. His song in the Musical Episode is about women being useless and dumb. Slice is not amused.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Louise can tell almost instantly that Henry is not a virgin anymore, because he is "a little taller, a little less honest".
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Chester, being interrogated by Lieutenant Erica, ends up discussing the army's equivalent to Casting Couch and implying that she slept her way into her rank.
  • Fourth Episode Spoiler: Slice is a woman.
  • Gender Reveal: Slice, played by male actor Benoît Moret, is a woman, despite looking exactly like a man (except for the groin area, judging by the Reaction Shot). Played for laughs with a dose of You Never Asked. Everybody takes it in stride except Sergeant Chester, for whom it's more an Unsettling Gender Reveal.
  • Gilligan Cut: When everyone stops to relieve themselves in "L'aigle noir", Chester orders Henry to help a handcuffed Hitler to pee. Henry vehemently refuses. The next frame shows him holding Hitler's penis, stone-faced.
  • Global Ignorance: No, Chester, Winston Churchill is not a chocolate maker.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Subverted. The medic tries to sneak up to the German guarding the radio to pour a sedative into his cup of coffee. The guard notices, and the medic keeps pouring, while denying he's doing it. Then Helmut knocks the guard out with a ladle.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Attempted by Niels with Isla. It doesn't end well.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and General De Gaulle make cameos.
  • Historical In-Joke: Helmut "invents" the hamburger, remarking that it's a Hamburg recipe.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Everybody speaks French. The Germans have German accents (some characters often step in What the Hell Is That Accent? territory, especially Helmut and Isla), and Winston Churchill sounds like a parody of Winston Churchill speaking French. Rule of Funny applies with Charlie, who sometimes uses Poirot Speak, and Hitashi the Japanese pilot, who doesn't have any accent.
  • Large Ham: General Paxton, Da Chief with No Indoor Voice.
  • Lethal Chef: Chuck — his cooking isn't deadly, just bad. Thankfully Helmut took over the kitchens.
  • Let's Wait a While: Spoofed with Henry and his wife, who decided to "wait" before having sex... even after their wedding.
  • Lovable Coward: Niels, who is determined to sit out the war, because it's dangerous business and he's there for the chicks. He fights anyway.
  • Malaproper: Winston Churchill, speaking French with a very thick English accent (or close enough) due to Translation Convention, says "cou" (neck) instead of "cul" (arse).
    • The medic doesn't know how to work a radio, because he's "not a radiologist".
  • Manipulative Bastard: Chuck, which is why nobody suspected he was the mole until it was too late.
  • The Nicknamer: Chester, who calls Isla "Snow White", Major Spring "Major Calvitienote , Niels "Cyrano de Bergerac" (after a few jokes on his nose), Das Nemesis "le Noiryennote " because he's an African-American forced into fighting for the Nazis)...
  • Musical Episode: Episode 6, "La Normandie du bonheur", a pun on "La mélodie du bonheur", the French title for The Sound of Music.
  • Naked First Impression: Ants crawling into Niels' uniform make him tear his shirt off. Cue "la Jeanne", who holds him at gunpoint and calls him a pervert. Her opinion doesn't change for most of the season, and she keeps calling him "parvart" even during their wedding.
  • Not So Above It All: Combined with Evil Feels Good when Chuck giddily announces, "Holy crap, this feels good! I mean, I was trained not to feel a single emotion, but this feels totally awesome!" when he shoots General Paxton. Twice. And another couple of times.
  • Now What?: Niels in "L'aigle noir" points out, "Okay, we captured Hitler. Now what do we do?"
  • Perp Sweating: Lieutenant Erika of the Military Police, looking for the mole. It works too well on Henry, who is so terrified that what little he says is completely useless.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Lazy Company is comprised of a spectacularly unlucky sergeant, a Lovable Sex Maniac corporal, a Blind Without 'Em ingénue and an escapee from an asylum who is probably the Only Sane Man of the bunch.
  • Really Dead Montage: Jeff, the Patriot, in "Tic tac". Each character has a flashback while they carry or walk behind the coffin.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: General Paxton is very fond of giving those to anyone under his command.
  • Red Herring: When Chuck reveals that he's the mole and has sleeper agents inside the camp, the camera cuts to Helmut the German cook. Then one of the three guys he's giving food to thanks him in German, and they open their uniforms to reveal Werhmacht ones underneath and hold everyone at gun point.
  • Rule of Funny: Most of the series runs on this. Things like a Japanese kamikaze crash-landing in Normandy or Hitler strolling through the nearby woods, picking mushrooms and getting captured should be absolutely impossible.
  • Running Gag: Poor Chester steps on a mine every two episodes in season 1. At some point both his feet are on land mines.
  • Sexless Marriage: Henry and his wife back home.
  • Shipper on Deck: Niels does everything he can to get Henry and France to finally sleep together.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a lot, the series being a parody of works set in World War II, like Band of Brothers, La 7ème Compagnie (already a comedy), or Inglourious Basterds.
  • Smug Snake: Major Spring, who lords his victories over Chester, and Chuck, once he's revealed as the mole.
  • Springtime for Hitler: During Major Spring's stint as general, he sends Lazy Company on a suicide mission; meanwhile, US planes are set to flatten the enemy air base. Unfortunately, a mysterious mole has sabotaged the planes, meaning that even if Lazy did survive, they would have no air support. They survive anyway, and even bring back the plans of said secret base.
  • Take Our Word for It: We never see exactly how Chester doesn't get blown up every time he steps on a land mine, but it sounds awesome.
  • Tyke Bomb: Project Adlerlager was taking 22 infants and brainwash them into becoming assassins who could murder someone with just a pen. Chuck and Isla are part of the 22, and Das Nemesis became the 23rd because he was in love with Hitler's sister Sandrine.
  • Wham Line: "You're gonna be a mum!"
    • Paxton: "Why is [the radioman] dead? He was perfectly fine ten seconds ago!"
      Chuck: "Because I killed him with his own knife, General."