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Here we go again...

So, this latest episode featured Anton Lesser (hooray!), in the middle of a supposed plot twist. However anybody who has ever watched television won't have been surprised in the slightest by the - gasp! - revelation that Anton Lesser was evil. No! Really?! Anton Lesser?! And yes, he wound up dead again. Both dead and evil. Just another game of Anton Lesser Bingo, then.

Really, TV writers. If you want me to be surprised by your amazing plot twist, how about making it that Anton Lesser isn't evil? That would actually be a surprise. You can still make him dead, if you really want. He still has David Collings to rival on Interesting Methods Of Death, after all. It has gone way past predictable now though. And I don't even watch much television.

And they kept referring to him as "the old man" in the episode, which just annoyed me. Apparently I now get oddly offended on behalf of random actors. All of which is to say that this was a surprisingly dull week in what has otherwise been the most entertaining show that the BBC has managed in some while. I suppose I can give them one dull week, but we only get ten episodes, so it had better be the only one.

In the meantime, I shall be over in the corner, making fuddy-duddy grumbling sounds. Sorry about that.


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Feb. 24th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
Oh dear...

He isn't evil in the BBC Shakespeare's King Lear, although since it's King Lear, it can hardly be called a plot twist these days. But, plot twist, Michael Kitchen is evil, Anton Lesser is good!

But, yes. Character Actor Bingos of all kinds! We should probably have a David Collings vs Anton Lesser chart.

Feb. 24th, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Michael Kitchen is the sort of person who ought to be cast as evil more often. He's jolly good at it, as he's got such a nice face. He was evil in "The Hanging Gale". He hanged Stephen McGann, which is about as evil as you can get. Actually, no he didn't. I think Stephen McGann murdered him, which was why he got hanged, but either way, he was evil. Hanging McGanns is right out.

Sorry. Got distracted. Did you ever see "Alibi"? He was nicely ambiguous in that. Good show.
Feb. 25th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen either of those, I'm afraid.
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
Probably for the best in the case of "The Hanging Gale"! It was beautifully made, but dear god was it depressing. It was about the Irish Potato Famine, and was written by Joe and Stephen McGann, and starred the two of them, plus Paul and Mark. Stephen got hanged, Joe died in prison, Paul brooded about the place being a priest, and I think Mark ran away to America. Worth watching, but yikes.

"Alibi" was a good bit of fun though. One of those two part thrillers that ITV sometimes does well.
Feb. 24th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm hoping for less dead guest characters of the week in 'The Musketeers'; it's getting boring now!
Feb. 24th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
It's that sort of show really though. Go up against the Musketeers, and you have to expect to get musketed, or sliced and diced. They didn't kill off James Callis a couple of weeks back though, which was nice. Especially since I was quite convinced they had already killed him in episode one. Really threw me when he turned up in episode three, but it must have been his double they had killed off instead.
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
Yes, it really wasn't much of a twist, was it? Also, Lesser must be getting bored with going down this road.
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
Well, they do say that playing bad guys is the most fun. Hopefully that's true! It really has ceased to be a plot twist though.
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