Sally Sparrow (Mulligan) annoys. She is perma-impressed with herself. This was not vivid storytelling. The Weeping Angels are pure evil at work and have purposes too terrible to talk about. There is no absolute logic. This was genuinely chilling in 2007 but not now. Guest stars are not generically pleasant. Nobody has rectitude about going to the creepy house.
Sally mocks nerds and the internet. Classy TPTB. Classy. Nobody is enervated by the creepy Weeping Angels. People are stripped of dignity. Men have emasculating insecurities. People are heroically indifferent to logic. If the Doctor is a figure of such stature, why has Sally never heard of him? Sally is not wistful. Things get odder. A ‘hip’ DI fancies Sally and ends up stranded in 1969. The Tardis was in a basement for decades. Where was UNIT?
The ‘hip’ DI ends up a dying old man. Sally gets a hipster boyfriend. Martha is really annoying in this ep. Sally and her boyfriend end up running a shop called Sparrow and Nightingale. This was daft.
“A good and full life.”
“Kill you nicely.”
“Live to death.”
“Creatures of the abstract.”
“You mean the internet don’t you?”
“Started well, that sentence.”
“Go to the police you stupid woman!”
“Timey wimey detector.”
“You only got 17 DVDs?!
“You live in Scooby Doo’s house.”
“Course I can’t let it go.”
Mrs Dudley the housekeeper wears unflattering outfits. I won’t watch 1x02. Luke was a cutesy kid who grew up into a loser nobody likes or loves. Theodora wears gloves. The house had a dumb waiter. What was Mrs Dudley scared off? There is a room under the house. Luke was a stupid whiny kid. What is in the basement?
Darkness is repressed in the family. The grown up kids endlessly think in an unhealthy way about things. They’ve a grim determination to ignore sense and are venomous detractors of each other. Family is a constant disappointment. This was not solidly convincing. Theodora was a snotty kid. What happened to Steven’s marriage?
Nellie was married. The surviving siblings all have defiant introversion. Hill House shattered hopes and was an accumulation of horror. The Crains are not a nurturing family. There was and is no stability. There is a mangle in the kitchen. Why? Theodora found a trapdoor. The basement isn’t on the blueprints. What allure does Theodora have? There is another room in the basement. ACTINGS are shown off.
Theodora looks into Mr Smiley. The siblings feel Steven’s book sullied their image. Do they care their mother is dead? Not really. Theodora does condemnation. She has a lot of fancy gloves. The house had a big pantry. Theodora looks like Angelina Jolie. The mother was also psychic. The mother knew that Theodora was psychic.
Theodora has a PhD. How many gloves in how many colours does Theodora own? Theodora touches the dead Nellie and freaks out. Did something bad happen to Nellie? What did the father do? This was okay.
“Hated the air on her skin.”
“Such an odd word she choose.”
“They don’t believe me.”
“The basement’s not real.”
“Not a single record of this basement.”
“Make up a mistress, something.”
“Good job me.”
“No one was listening.”
The Twin Thing
Luke’s thrown out of recovery. People speak in strange tones of finality. Steven was awful to Luke. He is absolutely awful. Luke made a trashy friend in rehab. Relationships are fraught with tension. Who is the man in the bowler hat who is staking adult Luke? The family are distant and cold. The mother Olivia (Carla Gugino) is overlooked. People have unreasonable anger and are self-righteous and domineering people. Is there any way to get to the Red Room besides the spiral staircase? Who designed the house? This was not good.
“This house is bad dad, it’s bad!”
“Bodies swinging back and forth right there.”
The Bent-Neck Lady
People have to put up with Luke’s bad choices and tolerate them or he sees them as unloving. There is no moral perfection. Theodora wouldn’t help Nellie. Theodora freeloads off Shirley. Why does she live rent free in Shirley’s guest house? Steven is an ass. Nellie crashed one of his book launches to ask why he writes books full of lies.
Steven is the worst. He treats people in an absolutely monstrously way. Steven has bitter affronted anger at being called on his crap. Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen of ‘Dracula’ and ‘Faster’) broods. The father, Hugh, never explains anything. Nobody cared about Nellie. So when ghosts get her to kill herself one isn’t surprised. Watching this you have no concept of people’s motives or actions.
“I really misread that.”
“Mommy looked hurt.”
“How long is later?”
“Nobody could see me.”
“She got that from your mother you know?”
“The wrong parent died!”
Joanna was not a good mother. She was a lying home wrecking murderous slut. Why didn’t the fiancée put his seatbelt back on?!?! Protestors yell at Joanna. She goes back to Australia seemingly to live in the house where Noah is buried. Would Australia let her in? Did the BBC take the man photos his girlfriend standing over a secret grave idea from Brady and Hindley? Sick.
Joanna lies on the floor of the house cooing over her dead baby. She didn’t bother to tell anyone where he is or look for justice. Sick bitch. Stupid BBC.
“Quietly sharing our precious memories of him.”
Hercules The Legendary Journeys 5x11
There are needless resentments. Hercules is sanctimonious. This was dodgy. Dahak says things which - at best - can be described as unapologetic. This was very poor. Hercules is chillingly autocratic and reckless. Cynical bargains are struck. After he died in 5x01 - Iolaus thought he wouldn’t go to the Elysian Fields because he didn’t die in Greece. WTF?
There are civilisational choices and acrimony and hateful and false information. Hercules has no considerable concern or anxiety inducing moments. When Kevin Sorbo gets to play Dahak for a bit he has weird diction. This was inconsequential. This was not meaningful and it has a disregard for sense. There is no unavoidable tension. Ares and Hercules have a fight.
This show had substantive and persistent deficiencies. Dahak is defeated in ridic fashion. The ending as Iolaus heads off to the ‘light’ aka Heaven is vomit-inducing.
“More luck finding a virgin in Caligula’s palace.”
“You say kill his family, as if that were a bad thing.”
“I have no contempt for you.”
“I’ve been called many things.”
“I hate them all.”
“Took something that doesn’t belong to you Dahak!”
This Side Of Paradise
“A place in here where no one could come.”
“You stress very unimportant matters.”
“Beam down point.”