I'm with you on the character of Derek.
Ricky does have it in him to take things too far at times, and I don't think this is it. Actually no, not too far, he'll do something harmlessly for a complete joke, but which can be taken offensive by some, with which people jump on, and construe as too-far. At this point Ricky knows what he's doing and try's to legitimise it, and sticks to his guns, when, I think even he knows that some people see things differently. But, he'll remain adament, and not "apologise" for things to spite the real 'jumper-on-er's', if that makes sense? lol. Shit. But, is a a heartfelt character. You can tell he loves him.
It would be easier if I was conversing verbally. I'm tired. I'm not going to be able to stay up for the Rumble. I know it.
Yeah, I think that's what came up in my thought process - the too much-ness. It was an emotional truck-load in one ep. But, there is a 6-part series beginning on the 30th of Jan over here, so it'll be interesting. I imagine they'll have the continued ongoing portrayal of Derek and Hannah, focusing in on their lives, with singular episodic hijinx involving Derek and Dougie. Will it be getting shown your way, Ape, or will you just watch online?
Ricky did have a great performance, no questions, but he's been doing it for years, lol, even that character. It's just Karl's never acted before, and it was a nothing performance, really, I know, but it was good to see, sort-of understated. I'm still of the opinion Karl's mostly a genuinne person. Karl's just a production tech, and worked with Ricky and Steve back when they did Radio years ago. I still listen to podcasts and webbooks with the three of them from around 10 years ago, when there was little mention of Karl.
My only real issue with the pilot was that they may have covered too much ground. Like, where do they go from here with it?
See, I thought Ricky was the standout, as his performance following his friend's death showed the most depth I've ever seen from him as an actor. Like, I was almost moved to tears by it. Sure, Karl was his usual self, which is always great, but he wasn't being pushed into any new kind of territory. And in a weird way, I think his performance on the show sort of lends more credence to his entire shtick being an act. That his character transitioned so seamlessly into a fictional setting told me that there's always been a fictional component that Ricky, Steve, and him have just been really good about keeping covered up.
The actual character of Derek didn't bother me in the least as Gervais showed a great deal of respect and affection for him. It didn't feel like he was making a mockery of the learning disabled so much as he was just showing that sort of character warts-and-all. I would have been more offended had he tried to sugar coat it and play it without the modicum of truth.
Hmmm. In terms of comedy(/drama), yeah, I'd agree. I liked it, though I felt something stopped me from liking it more? It was kind, and emotional, some real vulnerable, heart-wrenching stuff, which Ricky wrote very well; but, maybe I felt it was too much. I'm not putting it down, I understand that's what it was about, that was the intention for Ricky, and it was well done, it just felt a bit forced, like shoving it in our face. Also, what did you feel about Ricky's uncategorized socially awkward character? It slighlty split people here - some thought it may edge on mocking people with learning difficulties.
I do think Karl's performance is a huge standout though. Lol. He's basically playing himself, but with a balding hair-piece.
Just got done with the pilot for Derek. Legit thought it was the best thing Ricky has done since the original Office.
Well, I thank you. What's my prize?
Hahahaha. Your new CBoT tag is the tag of the week. Kudos.
But, yeah, I'm quite a bit behind it all; though if you're recommending it Ape I'll have to keep eagle eyes open for it, if it gets re-shown.
I have all these shows to watch, but it means watching online, and I'm, at times, apprehensive about doing that; mainly because I like to watch these big drama productions on a big enough, decent screen, and in good quality. I can only put up with scouring the web for half decent showings to a point, lol. Maybe look out for some DVDs on the cheap. [<<<Tight bastard eh?]
Man, that is just completely shit. Sucks for everyone. Seems they didn't appear to have any luck at all. (Sorry about that one, lol.)
Yeah, I quite liked the finale, but, true, Ace left with a wee bit open. I also thought Nolte's character had more to reveal, about his history, that guy who turned up, and the history of the ownership of the horse, etc. But I still enjoyed it, and wanted to see more, just sad to see it go.
I never fully started the US Shameless. I caught bits and pieces of one or two episodes at irregular points in the first season, but I was never aware of the show actually starting here, and only caught it in scanning the TV, so I can't really comment on it too much. If I remember correctly though, the eps I seen were pretty much redo's of the British counterpart eps. All fine work, and performances; but interesting seeing it in the US environment, and US touches where the British references wouldn't translate.
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