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The Paradise again (sorry)

So, I've been catching up on The Paradise season one, since I failed to know that it existed at the time, and I've been ridiculously delighted by episode three. Not for any particular plot point, although I'm enjoying the story too - far more than my pride would probably like me to admit - but because who should turn up but the DS from Paradox. In a beard and appropriate period garb, but still unmistakably DS Miserable. He's not miserable in The Paradise though. Nobody is. They're so ridiculously happy about their giant, improbable shop, and they spend lots of time smiling at each other. Even Emun Elliott and DS Miserable, who should, were there any fairness in the universe, still be glowering at each other in a telescope control room. But I'm straying from the point (although it's probably news that there was one).

Happy memories of Paradox was probably the point. And also sorry sighing, and wishing that I was watching Emun Elliott with stubble and a glower, investigating weird pictures from space, rather than in a possibly sentient moustache and beardy arrangement, tussling with his evil ex. Since the titles of both shows feature an all-important word beginning with 'Parad', what are the chances of the scriptwriters being easily confused, and giving me a story in which the giant, improbable shop starts receiving images from space, and the staff have to investigate? Moray could shave off the moustache, and form an unlikely alliance with the gang up in Ladieswear, dashing about Victorian England in a carriage and trying to change the future.

Yes, I know. Shut up. I do miss Paradox though. The Paradise is far more fun than anything involving shopping has any right to be, but it's not Paradox, and there are times, amidst the fun, when it seems a little unfair to throw me formerly miserable detective sergeants to rub it in further. I don't ask a lot, television. I don't think it's too much to expect you to give me a giant, historical department store that fights crime. You never know, it might catch on.

(Heavy sigh).

I really am enjoying The Paradise though. For all its refusal to feature time-travelling photographs and a surly astrophysicist, it's genuinely entertaining. Nobody is more surprised about this than me.

Comments

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elenopa
Nov. 2nd, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Wait until Rory turns up.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 2nd, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jolly good! I shall look forward to that. He strikes me as a very competent actor, so it'll be good to see him in a different role.
elenopa
Nov. 3rd, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
They had a paradox tonight!!!!

Did you spot it?
swordznsorcery
Nov. 3rd, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
I did, yes!
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