transcripts of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing Remake Channel 4 Thursdays @9pm:Episode 9

  • 27 August 2011 2:47PM

    @Kissington:

    Ii agree with all your points and your post at the top particularly sums up the remake-don’t go! your post thus:

    not as good as the original the fact, that the consensus is that it isn’t. The truth hurts. Obviously. I am no raving Danophile or Amerophobe (sic) They are what they are. Please deal with it. I don’t think the US version stands up on it’s own at all, even in comparison to UK programmes. I watch it in the hope that it will improve and because it’s like car crash television. I often can’t believe what I’m seeing.

    Says it all-exactly! i watch it on the same terms. Applying the phrase that you taught me:

    pathetic fallacy

    @All

    to both versions:let’s imagine both of them out of the rain and the gloom and in the sunshine. Now which one holds up in the clear light of day and can still carry off an inherent atmosphere held within the quality of acting, the believability of the characters, their expressed emotions whilst in the midst of shock and hellish suffering such as the grieving parents? The politicos?

    Which Detectives would still be interesting with sunglasses on in a bright summer day? Which secondary characters might still appear indiscernibly good to possible evil? and which would emerge, blinking into the sunshine and be really rather dull? and how much longer would you keep watching them in the merry imaginary sun?

    i watched, long ago, C.S.I Miami and only found believable the character of the crocodile alike sneering Horatio and likewise, lately, the new Hawaii 5-0 which is ridiculous to the extent that the actors are so bad and the sun so bright and the scenery so beautiful that you can’t imagine any evil happening at all.

    taking this premise i suggest that only one character would emerge believably into the summer sunshine from the remake: and that is Holder, although he would be a blinkin plenty i suggest. It is he and he alone that is carrying that show. The rest of them are a paper thin as the tissue like gossamer carbon copy of the Original that that the remake is.

    @Kissington has every right to express his opinions here, which i for one agree with, as it is a forum and all discussions are welcome. However he does not deserve to be rained on his parade. There is a long tradition of satire and caricature as forms of criticism and not liking something does not preclude commentating on that fact and puncturing with our words it’s sanctimonious state of taking itself so damn seriously i suggest.

    That is what i enjoy doing and it is a valid form of criticism and should be left to stand for what it is. Plus such satire involves humour which can only add to our enjoyment i propose. Humour being a saving grace:as well as not taking things, or rather a TV Drama, so damn seriously…

    i felt that @Tiepolo made a very wise comment putting into words what i had been feeling when she/he wrote this:

    I’m also watching Forbrydelsen repeats and wonder if I’m more forgiving of what Killing USA is not delivering because I’m getting the emotional and dramatic satisfaction elsewhere

    Exactly! When i first wrote here about the remake i described it as a paint by numbers facsimile upon which i was slowly transposing the original. I do believe that the Original is the paint and the remake is the thin paper covered in multiple numbers:eg. fill it in which is essentially what they have done.

    Hearing that the remake Linden for ex. refused to watch the original i found annoying and illogical. Did she not realise they made her into a carbon copy of Sophie anyway? right down to her jumpers, hairdo and perplexed yet non-inscrutable expression?!

    c’mon folks, is it really that good when we find ourselves discussing the emotive qualities of a

    basketball

    within a scene and what

    new in formation it communicated to the viewer!

    and discussing the intricacies of Linden standing on an elevator and the absolutely ridiculous and severely surreal vision of Belko beating up with bad bellicosity: a rock?!

    @HaveaDrinkOnMe:

    your soliloquy on the meaning of the rock within the Drama was truly hilarious!:))

    @MoreTears:

    @Kissington has never been personally abusive in my opinion and does not need to retire from this Blog, he is only expressing his valid criticism. as they say in the States, lighten up a little! it’s only a programme..how about: “i beg to differ” or perhaps “let’s agree to disagree”?

    how about we all join hands, have a coca cola moment and sing..

    “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony”..

    speaking of music:

    @JamesDonaghy:

    thanks for the info about the song. That would explain the insanely good piano playing!:)

    @JSully:

    guess this is at least a thousand word, you know me so well!

    t’was kind of me i felt, not to correct you on your “Keats and his fields of lavender” last week, since he never wrote about lavender fields..:)

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