While all the issues make it hard to recommend the 42PQ6000, even when it costs so little, the TV isn't devoid of charms. It's got a nice way of bringing out the detail and 'snap' of HD sources, for instance - despite only having a native resolution of 1,024 x 768.
Also, it's worth making it clear that while dark scenes look a bit hollow, they do also enjoy deeper black levels than pretty much any straight LCD technology TV.
Having mentioned LCD, I was relieved to find that thanks to its plasma technology, I could watch the 42PQ6000 from pretty much any angle I pleased without it suffering any serious drop off in colour saturation or contrast.
The 42PQ6000's pictures are quite bright for a cheap plasma model too (if you avoid the eco settings), and finally, the set puts the fact that it's quite fat by flat TV standards to good use with its audio reproduction. Explosions, gun fire, vocals and a pumping score can all co-exist through the TV's speakers without suffering distortion or sounding too compressed.
Arch bargain hunters that we are, we really wanted to love the 42PQ6000. But while in typical LG fashion it delivers more than enough goods on paper, the reality of its pictures is actually very disappointing.