Never go back. Ouch that was painful and wrong in so many ways.
'This Life +10' brought the characters back after a decade away from our screens and, although many of us wanted to see how life had worked out for them, it turns out that really we'd rather wished we hadn't. Its like old girlfriends always a total disaster.
It started with a funeral, creative writing 101, for Ferdy who starred in much of the second series of the show to fill the shoes vacated by Warren who left to go travelling. And you really wished he hadn't come back. His character of psychobabble and endless self-analysis was the absolute pits.
The characters then came together in a country house owned by Miles, which turned it into some horrible sort of 'Peter's Friends' -- all bloated and over written. Creative writing 101 was really getting into full swing.
We then proceeded to run through the 30 something checklist.
Kids: Miles and Milly check.
Ticking biological clock: Anna, check.
Breakdown: Warren, check.
Divorce: Miles, check.
Loose touch with culture: check (the Kaiser who?)
Get bad hair cuts: Miles, check.
Oh there was much more... there was the trite post-modern touch of Egg having made it as a novelist and being followed around during the weekend by some 20something documentary film-maker, who Miles and Egg each chase after with their tongues hanging out, but get nowhere with before she leaves with some line about “metrosexuals”.
We strayed into politics with a discussion at one moment flaring into political bile as Egg laid into Miles for:
1. Being a Tory
2. Having a Chelsea tractor
3. The Iraq war.
'This Life' never previously strayed into politics: it was always a subject matter left out of their 20something lives and it was the better for it.
Writer Amy Jenkins just ranted away and it only added to the spiralling gloom, which all ended predictably with Egg and Milly arguing and seeming on the edge of breaking up, which was funny because last time we saw them, they had broken up over her affair with her bald boring boss.
That wasn't even glossed over, it was more ignored, as was much else. Actually nothing made sense. Don't even mention the fact that the last episode finished with Miles marrying Francesca and this opens with him married to a Vietnamese model Me-Linh who quickly exits stage left leaving our "friends" to argue and bicker and dance to the Manic Street Preachers.
Then in the space of minutes we have Miles go bankrupt, Egg give up novel writing, happy clappy Warren pill popping and snorting coke and the documentary was chucked in the lake. It was all too confusing only underscoring the fact that really it was great first time around, but second time sucked.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
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