I was a bit annoyed at this season straying from the four perspectives format - Noah, Alison, Helen & Cole. For some reason the show thought we'd give a toss about Noah's French squeeze, Juliette. Alas, I did not. Her getting a perspective both at the start of the season and in the last episode robbed us of screentime for Alison and Cole - who I much rather would've seen/spent time with (especially the season final. The fact that half of it was wasted on this character I didn't care about was very annoying).
As others have noted, while in the beginning of the show the differences in the versions of each story from the different characters' perspectives weren't *too* drastic, it seemed they got carried away with just how much difference there was between stories this season. Has everyone on this shows just got really bad memories? Given how messed up each one of them seems, it wouldn't be surprising. I really can't think of more screwed up people I watch in a TV show currently (who aren't the 'villains' - though sometimes it seems like they are).
Anyway, going in descending order from least 'messed up' to most...
Cole - I know Cole has his fans, and sometimes he seems okay...but I don't think he's as 'innocent' as some like to make him out to be. He's at fault in things too, and I always will remember that time he waved a gun around at Noah, his daughter and whoever else was there (I forget). I know that sometimes when he seems like he's verging on being the nasty sort, it might be attributed to Alison's perspective - but I do think he's got some darkness in him that isn't all just her imagining it. He did his best to stay away from her, but he just can't seem to stick to it - that's not all on her. He's got to have some self-control...which he clearly doesn't. So everyone blaming Alison for the way Cole acts needs to accept that he's just as guilty of making mistakes as she is.
Helen - She really messed up this season, but as mentioned^...so has everyone else. Maura Tierney makes Helen - for me, at least - as likeable as such a character can be. She is deeply flawed, and there are times she bugs me, but I still love her line deliveries a lot of the time. Her reaction to her daughter, Whitney's, new boyfriend (Furkat - because of course that would be his name, and he'd be a total tosser) was hilarious, as was her reacting to her godawful parents in the second last episode of the season. Oh, how I despise them (actually, it's a toss-up between her parents and her kids as to who I hate more. I especially don't like her two sons. The annoy the hell out of me. Her youngest daughter is okay, I guess, and Whitney can be supremely annoying at times...but other times her attitude and reactions just amuse me because they're like the 'typical' moody teen turned up to 11 and some of the stuff she comes out with is so crazy, I can't help but laugh). Helen's parents are truly messed up individuals, and I wish she'd slapped her mother back when she hit her. I honestly hope they were stuck in their 'panic room' for a good long while.
What I liked this season involving Helen was seeing her brief couple of scenes with Alison. She has an interesting view of her. I liked their scene early in the season, but especially the one in the second last episode where she confessed what had happened involving Scotty and Alison admitted that she already knew/her part she played is Scotty's death. I really enjoy these two when they interact now, because it's not just some yelling-fest. They speak more or less reasonably. Plus I liked Alison saying that she wasn't the only one to blame for the affair, but saying she'd just take it if Helen wanted to place the blame for it entirely on her.
Alison - Ruth Wilson was the main reason I'd checked this show out on DVD to begin with. I think that a lot of people, like characters in the show, make the mistake of placing the blame for everything entirely on her. Yes, she's responsible for a lot of the stuff that's happened, but so is everyone else. Plus, she is a royally screwed up person (who isn't on this show?). I don't think Ruth Wilson gets enough credit for the way she portrays Alison and all the emotions she feels at any given time. Not to mention the trauma of having lost her child and feeling responsible for it. It's no wonder she acts the way she does with her daughter and is always worried about her. Yes, she took off without warning and checked herself in to get help, but she did it to keep her daughter safe. Perhaps it's because it always seems like everyone's against her that I feel sympathy for her. It doesn't seem like many people (be it characters in the show or viewers) like her character, but I can see why she acts the way she does and while she might not necessarily be 'likeable' all the time, she's at 'understandable' in her actions, I think. I also don't like Luisa much. I realise it should be the other way around, but I just don't. Still, maybe if they'd given *her* some of the half episode segments that Juliette had, I might've come around to like her a bit more.
Noah - Easily the most messed up character on the show. He really went out of his mind this season (literally). I think it was guessed by most people at the start of the season that he'd stabbed himself in the neck and was imaging Brendan Fraser's guard doing it (speaking of - as others noted...Brendan Fraser's looking a bit rough these days. Though I think it added to his portrayal of Gunther, who was suitably creepy and at times morbidly amusing. It was just so odd seeing Rick O'Connell from The Mummy movies playing this overweight, balding, creeper of a character...but that's probably why he was so effective - it just seemed so *wrong* to see him like this.
It was a relief to finally learn the full story of why Noah was the way he was, the origin of all that guilt and self-loathing her felt, and just why exactly he had an affair. Of course, how much of it is actually the case/truth will probably always remain a mystery given this is a show where no one can be trusted to be 100% a reliable narrator of their story. The one part I did enjoy of the otherwise disappointing season final was his interaction with Whitney. There's been so much animosity from her towards him for so long, that is was a relief to finally see her soften towards him a little (a shame it took her jerk of an 'artist' boyfriend hitting her to get us there - this was one time where I would've fully approved of Noah's aggression and gladly watched him beat the crap out of Furhat. I mean, FURKAT). Though I guess it showed progression for his character - that he actually listened to Whitney and went after her instead of seeking revenge against her abusive boyfriend. I enjoyed their talk/s they had and I'm glad that he gave her some actual decent fatherly advice, admitted his screw-ups and was able to leave both her her Helen at the end of the episode in a somewhat decent place. Dominic West did a great job showing Noah losing his mind - it was somewhat of a relief to see him acting relatively normal in Tomb Raider which I saw at the cinema last week.
The episode's ending, with the cabbie asking where Noah wanted to go next totally reminded me of a similar ending in the Season 1 final of Felicity.
I don't think I enjoyed this season quite as much as the previous two, though there were some really good scenes/moments sprinkled throughout the episodes. I must still at least half-enjoy the show, otherwise I wouldn't keep watching it. All four main actors/actresses are really good in the show and help me get through the 'tedious' moments.
Post by Chalice_Of_Evil on Apr 5, 2018 9:07:56 GMT
Just finished watching Season 1 of the TV series Britannia on Blu-ray last night.
I got it on special...which is just as well, as although I started off not minding it, I wound up being somewhat disappointed with it by the end of the season. If it's historical accuracy you're looking for, then the show most definitely isn't for you. I myself wasn't bothered by it too much (although the use of words/phrases that sounded far too 'modern' for the time period did stick out like a sore thumb. However, I was able to just ignore them for the most part). What really disappointed me was the fact that the whole reason I checked out the show was because Kelly Reilly was in it (as she's an actress I've enjoyed in things I've seen previously), and after her being rather wasted in Season 2 of True Detective, I thought maybe she'd finally found a role in a series worthy of her. Alas, this was not that series.
Her character, Kerra, started out promisingly enough. She was tough, could kick butt with a bow and arrow and had 'strength of character'. However, it seemed as the show went on that they diminished her importance and didn't really know what to do with her. I think there was even an episode she was pretty much entirely absent from (she may have had one brief scene, if that). By the end of the season, it became quite clear that she was of little importance to the makers of the show and she was simply tossed away with an unceremonious demise that didn't give her character any sort of significance or importance in the long run. There was all this build-up with her, but in the end if felt like Kelly Reilly was again wasted in another series. I'd gotten an inkling she wasn't long for this show when I saw in her IMDB credits that she had another series she was a part of - turns out that was indeed the case. Whether she chose to leave because the show wasn't giving her any material worth sticking around for, or whether the show just never really cared about her character...I don't know, but here's hoping her next series utilizes her better.
The only other main character who held any interest for me was Cait, played by Eleanor Worthington-Cox. She immediately had my sympathy when her sister was killed, as was everyone else she knew, she thought she lost her father, and to make matters worse the only person she met that could be of help was Divis, who made her leave her cat behind (the only one left she knew/cared for). I hated that, and it immediately made me dislike the character of Divis.
Divis is a selfish, self-involved/self-serving jerk. Almost all of his dialogue sounds far too anachronistic, he's not likeable at all (though I'm sure he's got his fans, as these a-hole type characters usually seem to for some strange reason), he spins Cait some BS story about her father, and he's just so unsympathetic to everything she's been through. The rest of the time he's just acting crazy and spouting crap that makes little to no sense and/or having way-out-there mind-trips.
While some of their interaction is mildly entertaining, on the whole I just wished Cait would've ended Divis, since her feelings towards him pretty much mirrored my own.
The third best/favourite character of mine in the show would have to be Hella, played by Krysten Ritter lookalike, Laura Donnelly, who sadly only appeared in the last two episodes of the season as a bounty hunter who took out the rest, was quick/efficient and got things done. It was nice of her to take a break from Outlander and come by to inject some awesomeness into this show. I practically cheered when she stabbed Divis repeatedly - that really should've been the end of him, but unfortunately the show is in love with his character and so they wouldn't let him go. I don't think we know what happened with her character (though I was sure Divis was going to end up offing her). Hopefully she gets away and remains alive, as she was one of the few bright spots in the season.
I was not expecting to see Ian McDiarmid in this show, but at least he was amusing (which was about the most I could say regarding his character, as he was written out partway through the season and I couldn't help but feel the actor must've been unfulfilled with his role in the show and decided to leave). Zoë Wanamaker made the most she could out of what she was given as Queen Antedia...
But by the end of the season, I was wishing her, Divis, and especially the character of Amena (played by Annabel Scholey - who I was first introduced to in the UK version of Being Human, I didn't like her character in that and haven't liked her as any character I've seen her play thus far - this show being no exception) - but, of course, all three of these characters survived, while the one I didn't want to die (Kerra) in fact did.
Mackenzie Crook was almost unrecogniseable under all the makeup as Veran, but it was interesting seeing him in this far more serious role than the comedic one I was used to seeing him in from the PotC movies. Though, in the end, the only thing that stood out to me regarding him was forever wondering what the point of the loops at the end of his fingers was. They seemed really inconvenient to have (worse than long nails). He certainly would have trouble cracking open a beer can (beer cans, of course, not existing back then...though given all the other inaccuracies with the show...).
Other actors I recognised in the show were David Morrissey as Aulus Plautius (as much as they tried to build up his character as this ultimate evil to be feared...he didn't really leave much of an impression), Julian Rhind-Tutt as Kerra's brother, Phelan (who I always remember from the first Angelina Jolie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie), Hugo Speer (from The Musketeers) as second in command to Aulus Plautius and Joe Armstrong (from the TV series Robin Hood) as Antedia's mama's boy, Gildas. Liana Cornell was beginning to interest me as Ania. With Kerra no longer around (and Hella likely to wind up dying in the near future - if she returns at all), Ania might wind up being the only female character besides Cait who I actually like/can tolerate.
I know a lot of people were apparently not too fond of the show's choice of song for its opening credits, but I actually quite enjoyed it and listened to it (both in the opening and closing credits) for every episode.
This show really didn't seem to know what it wanted to be (despite what the show creator said in the making of/behind the scenes featurettes I've watched some of). It seemed all over the place with the tone, the writing for the characters, and worst of all...at times it seemed completely lost (episode 7 was nearly a complete waste of time, as it mainly focused on what was basically two stoners having pseudo-philosophical discussions about Gods of the Boot and other such WTFness).
Considering Kelly Reilly was my main reason for watching the show and she's now gone, I'm not sure if I could be bothered with watching a Season 2 or not.
This was a very strange first season of a series. I didn't outright hate it...but I can't exactly say I 'enjoyed' it either. It just left me with a feeling of uncertainty regarding what its deal was/what it was all about...and I'm not so sure those in charge of making the show were all that certain either.