Friday 20 March 2009

all the better to disappoint you with

So, I'm back. Hurrah. Being without a broadband connection for a couple of weeks has taught me that I am utterly reliant on the web to do just about everything, which is just where they want us I guess. I'm not sure who 'they' are, I've gone all conspiratorial. It must be the Red Riding Trilogy which started just before I disappeared.

If you actually listened to me and watched it, and the following two feature length episodes, then I would like to apologise. Six hours is a long time. That's kind of the point, that's what television can do that films can't; take the time to tell the story in a unique way. However, if it doesn't use that time in a way which leaves you feeling that your investment paid off then it all feels a bit, well, Northern Rock. I still think the first part was really interesting and above all promising but I'm afraid parts two and three didn't deliver for me. There was an interesting atmosphere of paranoia during the period of the Yorkshire Ripper's crimes, and it was shot and acted beautifully throughout but as it wore on it seemed to get more and more conventional. The desperate tying together of loose ends in the final section was particularly unsatisfactory. I could have gone for a bit more ambiguity, in fact I thought that might have been the point but instead we were treated to evil coppers, 'this is the north, where we do what we like' repeated about fifteen times and the wheeling out of some trusty paedophiles to round things off.

I'm only disappointed because it all promised so much more. Never mind. Back to watching the latest spirit-sapping reality TV programme.


Anonymous,  21 March 2009 at 12:56  

I'm on Season 4 of The Wire now William, but I can sense the end is near. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with myself (TV-wise at least) after that. Mad Men maybe? Have you seen it?

William Rycroft 21 March 2009 at 21:44  

Ah, season four, my favourite. I hope you're enjoying it James. I too felt the same way and having been a little disappointed by the end of the first series of Mad Men I found that in the wake of The Wire the trailers for Mad Men's second series were a welcome sight.However, after the watching the first couple I just haven't been compelled to keep up and when I caught an episode the other day I simply had lost touch and wasn't sure what was really going on. It's well made and there are plenty out there who love it but I'm just not one of them.

Don't let me stop you though.

Anonymous,  21 March 2009 at 21:52  

I've not yet seen an episode of Mad Men though I'd been toying with the idea of getting series one. From what you've said though I'm not so keen - sounds a little contrived?

Anyway, I am soon to be a father so I shouldn't worry so much about what to do with my time once The Wire ends - I'm sure i'll be busy !

William Rycroft 21 March 2009 at 22:08  

Woah, blimey, hang on a minute, you can't just drop that bombshell casually and saunter off. First of all, huge congratulations. Secondly, good luck, I hope it all goes well. Thirdly, ha-ha-hah, you better believe you'll be busy!

It's a marvellous thing so I hope you enjoy it. The first few days afterwards are especially extraordinary, like being on drugs, erm...apparently.

Anonymous,  22 March 2009 at 07:40  

Thanks William,

Yes, looking forward to those first few days in particular !

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