Even in times of isolation, Mondays are difficult days, it appears. 😂 I just couldn’t muster up the energy to write anything. I put it down to not having made the day count. (Grah, that whole thing is still stuck sideways in my gut.) Anybody else have this stupid feeling that a day only counts if you have done a chore? No? Must be the protestant socialisation in me, exacerbated by a husband who has a very strict “usefulness” ethic and keeps working through this time of enforced inactivity. (At this stage he has painted all 18 sash windows in the house. I wonder what he will start on next
to keep my guilty conscience going…)
I have some shrine posts to write, but today let’s do a challenge question.
10. Which show did you think you would like but didn’t?
Easy answer without much contemplation: Berlin Station. It wasn’t really because of Richard, needless to say. He was good and convincing as ever, and never more so than in season 2 when he had to play Daniel playing Trevor. Oh, wait, hold on. I am automatically slipping into extolling mode, and this question is about why I *didn’t* like BS. I really wanted to like that show because I knew that RA would be good as a spy, and because there was a weighty ensemble cast supporting him, and because the show was set in Berlin, capital of my home country Germany.
But somehow the show felt far too convoluted to me. Too many characters, too many plot lines. And a central character that felt degraded to a passive onlooker who could only react to the stuff that the other characters did. It didn’t feel as if the final offering reflected what the promotion of the show had offered. And seeing a fine actor like RA relegated to a supporting character, just offended me. Ha! Yes, I felt somewhat led on and taken the mickey out of. The Berlin setting was great, the use of German actors was great, and I liked the cinematography of the piece. But otherwise the show and its main character left me cold, while some of the other characters actively got on my nerves. Even the special appearances couldn’t make up for that.
Ah well, it’s all subjective. And luckily BS didn’t stop Rich from going on to bigger and better things aka The Stranger. And who knows what will come in the future. There will be good stuff, and less good stuff. I guess that’s normal for any career. Good on ya, RA.
What about you? Which show didn’t do it for you?