Well, I'll preface this by saying that I did like this episode. For the most part, I even didn't mind Gwen. And I award points for effort. But it did remind me of Doctor Who's "Love and Monsters" and had similar flaws to that as well. I still say the good outweighed the bad.
Eugene, for instance, was thoroughly adorable. I did find myself wondering why he didn't have a Welsh accent when everyone else in his family did, but he was sweet as opposed to the potential creepy he could have been. I wanted to run my fingers through his hair and ruffle it up. And I always like narration, even though everyone else in my family generally hates it.
As I said, I didn't want to kill Gwen for once, so that's good. I still think they are trying to say "hey, like Gwen, she's lovely" too much, but they did actually show her doing things which made me think she might not possibly be merely annoying, so that's good.
Another excellent element was the use of music. I've been listening to Bowie all day again, so it was an amusing happiness which struck me when 'Starman' came on. Also, Antony and the Johnsons, which is fabulous. I'm going to have that song in my head all night now.
The place Eugene worked and the rift in his family were nicely played through. They were the right shade of mundane. Things like that happen. You don't do as well as you expect. You make mistakes. You end up in a place you don't want to be. Eugene's friends were utter prats.
I don't know. I could have done without the glowy ending, I think. It felt... well, for one thing, it was confusing. And for another, it was trite. I seem to recall coming across the same problem when writing my own "hey, life is to be lived" story. Everything you say sounds forced and patronising. Life is beautiful! Except when it's not. Yeah.
I'm presuming Eugene stayed around because he was supposed to save Gwen's life, but it's still confusing. Also, there's importance in Gwen's ability to reach out to the dead, surely?
I still don't understand about the random shoes and this bugs me.
Okay, so I just looked Paul Chequer (Eugene) up on imdb and it told me this;
One of his previous jobs included Fruit Watch, where he had to watch raisins passing on a conveyor belt to make sure there were no stalks sticking out.
Hahahahaha. How delightfully bizarre. If I were an actor, I'd probably add random ridiculous trivia to my profile page. "Once did a handstand for 3 hours in an attempt to dislodge a polo mint."; "Can say "I have an axe in my head" in nineteen different languages."; "Can hit high C for 29 seconds... whilst underwater."