Also, I've apparently liveblogged an interview.
Matthew Graham's Den of Geek Interview
But it wasn’t her, it was us. We’d written it like that. We had said to her we want this arch-ironic approach, and as the show progressed, we stripped that away. And then by series two it was clear from all of us that we wanted to ground it more and more, and we want to do more of that in series three. To the point where we know Alex does actually say in series three, ‘I never used to take this world seriously, but bloody hell, now I do.’
It’s a bit of a gamble, a long investment. But we knew it was going to pay off.
Dude, you fucked up. Don't pretend it was some 'grand plan', because no one, NO ONE would intentionally write their lead character to be such a horrible douche in anything other than a redemption arc or anti-hero story, and Alex hasn't had that. You didn't realise you were writing a douche. You thought the audience would sympathise with Alex way more than they did, because they had with Sam, and hey, Sam's not always all that likeable. But you forgot about the key moments of LoM where Sam showed he had a heart and compassion. About the obvious respect Gene began to have for him. That the audience had already been through this journey and acquired a natural apathy to the terrors.
It wasn't deliberate, because that's not a worthwhile risk. You gain nothing from it other than to annoy your audience, and why would you do that when the project is already a gamble? Yes, some of the audience still somehow liked Alex, because they did feel that sympathy --- either they're extraordinarily compassionate, or they never saw Life on Mars, or they were pleased to see a lead female character. But those of us who disliked Alex intensely had Damn Good Reasons, and I would say they weren't all written and acted that way on purpose. It came down to misjudging what people actually wanted to see, and what they were willing to forgive. It came down to not knowing what you actually wanted. Easy as hell to do, but no less a fuck-up.
The Mark Grieg love is good. I agree with the assessments of his prowess and I am sad he's not writing any of the S3 episodes.
There’s no way you can tie it all up in a neat, very simple thing. It was all a dream, it turns out they were all aliens.
TAKE THAT, LOM US WRITERS. Hee! :D :D :D
Matthew just said 'head-fucking'. I... what? WHAT?
And you have to say that we’re human, there are always going to be things and glitches because we’re human, and that’s the nature of television.
We're human, and occasionally we make mistakes, but we don't admit that at the time, we say it was intentional. HAHAHAHAHA! (And this bodes for: complete lack of continuity. You. Arse.)
He's a BSG fan. Huh. I hated it from mid-S3 on. And stopped watching it. Which I don't do a whole lot, so that shows my level of hatred. I feel somewhat saddened now that this is the case. I would very much like to see Matt make a Farscape reference. Also, he's SUCH a fanboy.
It’s a different system, and we’ve been a bit frustrated by it in some areas. At the moment we’ve got a couple of really exciting projects that we’re developing over here, and we’ve got a movie to write this year, too. We’re kind of focussing on that. = Matthew and Ashley are so married. Everything is 'we'. N'awww.
They owe me monsters! = How is it I find him so fucking adorable? I don't even know.
All of this stuff on Bonekickers is gold. I never got past episode two, and I keep thinking I should. I like that here, here Matthew has the decency to be honest in his mistakes. Personal growth: 1. Self-aggrandizement: 9.
You might fall on the wrong side, but it’s better to fail trying to do something new than just coming up with a Cornish detective with a sidekick a bit younger than him. Solving crimes in a rural community.
What about those of us who have a healthy love of those kinds of shows as well as the Life on Marses of this world. You contradicted yourself again, Matthew. A second ago, it was good to have that balance, and now, down with the soft-focus low-energy teledrama the UK is infamous for?
Okay, so maybe there's a point there. It's better to fail trying than to to be miserable because you never try at all. I get that. It's that whole "better to have loved and lost" thing, which I don't necessarily agree with, because love is hard. And so is writing.
I still love rural detective shows, though, so there.
I really love Matthew Graham, you guys. I just really, really do. He's utterly ridiculous in the best ways. He's funny, he's smart, he's a bald-faced liar. I want his brain, in a jar, by the door. Or not, because that came out so much creepier than I intended.