In theory, Comedy Central's new series Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire should not work. For starters, it's a parody of sword-and-sorcery shows like Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules, which are already two steps away from being parodies themselves. Second, the title role of warrior rebel Mandoon is played by Sean Maguire, who isn't exactly a known comedian in the U.S., aside from his turn as Leonidas in Meet the Spartans. Third, isn't everybody much more into science fiction nowadays? Who wants to watch a fantasy series? Well, apparently I do. Call it good counter-programming, low expectations or just chalk it up to the show's non-stop, self-conscious wackiness, but the first couple of episodes of this series were highly entertaining, and made me reconsider my stance on LARPing.