This time there were three other people in the cinema than us two!
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I read a lot about it when it came out, but somehow I managed to forget most spoilers. The fact that some ideas are so stupid helped. Many people said it has a quality of a fanfic, but those people clearly haven't read good fanfiction.
I've no idea why JK Rowling approved it, but her name shouldn't fool you into thinking it's actually eighth part of the story. It's better to just treat it as a fanfic.
I'll hide bigger spoilers.
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Okay, so I've joined a few cooking groups on Facebook to get some recipes, tips and inspiration. The effects are as followed:
1. I'm hungry all the time.
2. I learnt that "simple" can mean anything from "just mix everything up" to a two page instruction.
3. Below a picture of a sandwich with spread, there will be a recipe for the bread as well as for the spread. Who bakes their own bread?
I'm going to look for the "stop notifications" button...
I think the best thing in "Dark" is the way it plays with the audience's expectations on every step of the journey. You can't really predict what is going to happen, but the show doesn't feel random or disconnected. You feel someone had thought it through, it just doesn't follow usual tropes. More about it below.
[Spoiler (click to open)]It starts as a mystery drama, a kid missing in a small town, people having secters, affairs, ypu know the vibe. Then - bang! Time travel. The main season one plot - Jonas trying to save his father - is still a common trope, even if usually characters do things so they can exist in the future, not the other way around. This will come back in season three, but for now, we learn it's not easy to change the future here as it is in, say, "Back to the future".
Meanwhile, we are being sent to other points in time and everything gets more complicated. In season two, we know we're supposed to pay full attention and be engaged in following all the connections. There's a lot of symbols, references to religion, mythology and science to fool us. Then a new theme is introcuded - apocalipse, so of course our minds are set to thinking of how the characters can stop it. We had a clue - they can't - but were we listening? More and more characters travel in time and everyone gets more and more miserable. Again, it's a proper clue, but it's easy to miss it when you're focused on following the time jumps and thinking of the apocalipse.
Then there's another new thing, the alternate world. We spend an entire episode in a mirror world, looking for clues. What's different? What's the same? Where is the story going, what is the meaning of all this? Again, no clear answers and we go through season three hearing the same sentences and watching not two, but now three or four versions of the same characters. It's almost like the writers were saying: it doesn't really matter which version you're watching now. But of course we're doing our best to follow the plot. At this point, eveyone is connected to everyone, almost everyone has a horrible fate and I think th it he audience is supposed to feel very strongly that it all has to be fixed. I love the simplicity of the solution - it doesn't matter what they do inside the loop; Jonas and Martha have to prevent creating of the time machine. But then they and a lot of other people, people we were watching for three seasons, won't be born. I read that a lot of viewers were surprised how easily Martha and Jonas did the task - of course we expected another plot twist, them being the reason of the car crash. We watch movies about time travel. And in the last scene, not existing was shown as something good, if the alternative was a miserable life. To me, it can be interpreted as a comment on abortion. It leaves you with a feeling of loss and many thoughts.
I don't think the show is perfect. At some point in season three, you could take two characters and write a scene with them from choosing some of those sentences and combining them randomly:
"You don't have much time."
"Who are you?" (with no answer)
"Are you going to tell him/her the truth/who you are/what you're really going to do?"
"You need to trust me."
"You can't trust ... (write a name of a person the character just talked to)".
"The end is the beginning and the beginning is the end. Past, present and future are all linked with an infinite knot."
"I want to end all this."
"It has to happen exactly the same way as it always happens."
"One day you'll undertand"
"Adam/Eva needs to be stopped."
"Adam/Eva doesn't want to stop the apocalipse. He/She wants it to happen."
I think season three could be just an episode or two shorter.
[Spoiler (click to open)]- I've no idea how they did it, but there is no problem to recognize the characters in different time periods. The actors just look similar, but are dressed accordingly to the time period (I hate when they make a teenager and an adult have the same hairstyle so we know it's the same person. Who has one hairstyle for their entire life?). Sometimes there are visual clues, like two shots shown together.
- I loved the running joke about Wöller's eye.
-I liked how the image was mirrored in the mirror universe, and they even mirrored the subtitles telling the date.
- Ultimately, Tannhaus created time travelling to save his child and Claudia prevented it to save her child.
- The music was excellent.
- I get that symbolism and mythical and religion references were to build the tone and lead our thoughts into many various directions, but maybe there were too much of them. It's become very heavy.
This (spoilers!) and this (spoilers!) :D
Now I need something simple, light and funny to watch :)
BBC "Sherlock" premiered ten years ago. Ten years! I didn't watch it straight away, but I remember it when there was only season one. I remember watching the episode with Irene Adler and thinking it's one of the best things I ever watched. I still think it's fantastic. I remember when Martin Freeman was cast as Bilbo and thinking there's no way I'll believe he's a hobbit (and being wrong, of course). I remember wondering "how did he do it?" for two years, crazy fandom theories and the feeling when I pressed "start" for s03e01 (the answer is coming! Finally!). I remember my decision to watch Doctor Who in the meantime and my growing fondness of British television. I remember falling in love with London on screen and the happiness when I went there. A lot has happened since 2010.
But seriously, ten years! It can't be that long.
I rewatched "A Study in Pink" today and one of my favourite parts is when Sherlock and John chase the cab on foot. It's a great sign of Sherlock's brilliance - the fact that he knows London so well he can tell where the cab is going to go and how to get there faster through side alleys, staircases and even roofs. It's a fast, dynamic scene, and the fact that John only met Sherlock yesterday, but follows him - and danger - without hesitation, says a lot about him. Also, in this episode you can see who Sherlok was before he met John: a talented, but weird man who could easily become a criminal mastermind if it "stopped him being bored". Or a drug addict who'd waste all his talents. He'd risk taking a deadly pill just to prove he was right. When they meet, Sherlock and John both save each other's lives. You can forget about it when you see them together, solving crimes like it was an obvious thing to do. Maybe "A Study in Pink" is even better than "A Scandal in Belgravia" and Moffat doesn't get enough credit for it. He was always best with beginnings, not ends.
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