February 18th, 2008

breaking bad

The Last Enemy

The Last Enemy was well worth a view last night. There's a good review at Torque Control here.

What’s good about The Last Enemy as a drama point of view is the direction, which manages to make any amount of staring at computer screens interesting, and the acting, particularly from Benedict Cumberbatch as Ezard — he’s convincing as a man distinctly uncomfortable with much social interaction, yet nuanced enough to avoid cliché.

I agree that the direction and acting were splendid.

As for its status as SF: intelligent, realistic, and cautionary. I hope that like Edge of Darkness this slips through into something larger and more mystical. However, I won't object if it remains hard headed and sceptical.
breaking bad

Lark Rise to Candleford

I am enjoying Lark Rise to Candleford on BBC1. At first I liked it as a trivial cutey-country Sunday night cosy-view. Now I think it's become more varied in its tone, and its range has broadened as the series develops. Dawn French for instance, who was all jolly yokel at the start, is now dying pregnant and abused in jail.

Last night a letter was sent anonymously and mistakenly redirected, which consisted of Andrew Marvell's poem 'The Definition of Love'. Three different people read it, at the same time, the direction cutting between each one of them. The incantation of the poem shed light across the whole episode: the words meant different things to everyone, and they formed the pivot of the episode, transforming each person's attitude to the central problems. Poems seem to me like magic spells, but the spell is the poem, it is performative in itself.
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