Before I begin this liveblog I just want to say that this show, this show
has been a constant source of joy for me, and even if we don't get a second series (which --- I can't see happening given the viewing figures, so many people really did not Get this show, and weren't bothered to make an effort to attempt to --- we're in a TV climate where if you're not a hit at the pilot stage, you're not a hit) I think I'll always count this among one of my favourites. None of my enthusiasm has been faked.
Yes, there were things that didn't always entirely work. There was an awful lot of phlebotinum, hand-waving, and general 'this is fluff, it doesn't need to make sense', but the thing is, it often didn't need to make sense
, at least not on a rational level, only on an emotional. And, for me, it almost always did do that second thing, so it was constantly aces. (Plus, I gained a hell of a lot of enjoyment from mocking the hand-waving.) The predictable things in the show were delightfully comforting, the surprising delightfully illuminating, and it was clever in lots of great little ways that made me happy.
So. I may have been one of, maybe, twenty people who actually Got this show, but I am so, so glad I did. I am heartened that it was made. Pleased that I could have this precious little flawed jewel that brought me back to days of riotous flailing, capslock and edge-of-my-seat anticipation.
Even just from the first beat we get some amazing
score-work going on. Ominous!
COLIN RAIMES. ACK. ACK. ACK. (I love Sam Hazeldine. He's excellent.)
Matthew episode. So they each did 3 episodes. This makes my eyes go heart-shaped (I also think it really helped the show feel cohesive. These two actually talk to one another and understand one another's narrative kinks... I seem to find it's when they bring in other writers that you get some really jarring things going on in their series. Ashes to Ashes had way too many writers working on it at first. Though the worst was an Ash ep, so this may be null and void.)
Zak, you don't have to work out, sweetie, you're perfect as you are.
God, you guys, this music is cracking my shit up. How could ANYONE have taken this show so seriously that they didn't get that it was 3 parts comedy?
Tom is too pretty to function.
"Au contraire my little castrato..." :D :D :D :D :D :D
I like that Zak asks him to swear on something he believes in. Tom is all belligerant, but Zak knows you don't have to believe in God to have your own kind of faith.
"Sounds very wuthering." :D
I really do like Parker. I hope Matt doesn't do the hack thing of turning him into a villain.
"In your face? That's not even a proper sentence." :D ♥
Zak's smile is so cute and Hannah is temporarily dumbstruck by it. ♥
"You think it's naive to believe in a person? I think it's essential."
PAST-LIFE-ZAK REALLY DID A NUMBER ON HANNAH.
And the strange gargoyle grin comes out. Sam West's face!
OMG. DIRECT TO CAMERA RICHARD IS AMAZE.
"You are strange, aren't you? But not a stranger."
YOU GUYS, TOM IS CONVERSING WITH A CAT. IT'S NOT A PIGEON, BUT HE IS CONVERSING WITH A CAT.
"I'm not an idiot, Richard. I never was." = Good, because it's true.
I love how Richard pretends to be all reasonable around Tom. He uses logic and faux-compassion. He's ultimately very Zak-like. He knows his target well.
Billy sounds like he was so wonderful.
I really am worried about Carl.
You know, Tom's really interesting, because I thought he was worried about humankind, but actually he asks Zak if he and Zak are doomed to suffer because of their failure. He really is a child in so many ways; a clever one, but someone for whom true empathy is yet to be learned.
"I wouldn't mess with him, he's wearing egyptian cotton." :D
That was supposed to be Zak's hug.
OMG, YOU GUYS. RICHARD.
HIS WINGS REALLY ARE JET BLACK
. THIS FUCKING SHOW, HAAAAAAAH!
Okay. So. This shot is amazing.
OMG THIS SCENE.
THE FUCK, GUYS. THE FUCK? POSSIBLY THE GAYEST SCENE IN THE HISTORY OF EVER? THIS IS AMAZING AND I AM AMAZED. YOU CANNOT TELL ME THERE WASN'T A TAKE WHEN THEY DIDN'T CLOSE THAT INCH-GAP? HOLY FUCKING HELL.
Oh, my heart.
This speech is so great. Cheese and biscuits. WHY YES, THEY ARE WORTH THE ANGST YOU GO THROUGH, ZAK. I am currently on a diet and therefore have seriously cut down on my cheese and biscuits. I miss them like Richard misses Zak and vice versa.
Seriously, Richard is amazing. I am laughing so hard right now.
"Mrs Sheringham, do we have proper butter? As opposed to this I'm-nearly-convinced-it's-like-butter?" :D
Sam West's cry-voice remains fucking amazing.
Tom and Zak may not have shared the gayest scene in the history of ever, but they're still adorable.
MULTI-SHIPPING YAY. THE TEASING, THE HAPPINESS, THE HUG. "It's alright, Della, we're working." I AM JUST... SDKLHDKAH;KH;AHFAFHLKAH!!!!!
Matthew fucking Graham, I want ten thousand of your big fat babies. It's been something like six years since I've proclaimed that, but, damn, it still holds true.
And now we get Zak/Mrs Sheringham/Tom :D So sweet.
That little smear of flour on Tom's face looks so lickable.
THIS WHOLE SCENE IS LIKE *FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL*, BUT TO CAP IT OFF WITH "IN YOUR FACE, BITCH"? ? ? (\o/)
My heart. My heart
"I may possess a modicum of chuffedness." There have been so many good lines in this episode.
OMG THIS ENDING IS BRILLIANT. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT. BEST POSSIBLE ENDING TO THIS SERIES EVER!
MY JOY CANNOT BE TEXTUALLY RENDERED.
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