Gotham-Series Two-or more correctly-the second half of Series One after a mid-season break. Episodes Twelve and Thirteen- some notes and dialogue. Minor spoilers Only. With Review Part ONE at the end of Episode Twelve followed by some notes and dialogue only for Episode Thirteen at the end. On Channel five in the UK or channel number 105 on Virgin Media TV. Mondays @ 9pm.

Gotham
Series Two-or so I thought.
This is really a mid-season break as I discovered from the episode numbers.

Episode Twelve.  A feature length episode.

Harvey Bullock to Jim Gordon:
“Arkham Asylum Security Guard?”..

The Play at the Arkham Asylum.
some dialogue:
“If the King be least unwilling what I command I will fill thy bones so they ache and roar..”
“pray, this art is full of power!”
“Full fathom fore my father lies for his bones are coral made, those were pearls that were his eyes..”

Creepy Prison-oops Arkham Asylum Governor to Jim Gordon:
“Think you can’t fall any further? think again..”

Oh no!  Its Brody’s wife from the series Homeland.  She is so beautiful.

Cat and Ivy.
Ah.

(Gulls cry)

The Penguin:
“You’re beginning to irk me, it’s The Penguin”
Then Penguin to Policemen:
“Boys, why the frowns?”

Doctor (Brody’s wife) to Jim Gordon:
Really?
“This is rather unusual and sinister isn’t it?”

The Doctor (Brody’s wife) is so beautiful and tall she seems like a superheroine.

The Asylum’s Nurse is a veteran and amazing actress.

In a Church some bells chime.

Garner:
“Egregious insubordination..”

Butch and his old friend Jim.
Butch:
“Jim!”
Jim:
“Butch!”
Butch:
“Hey brother,…don’t wait too long, huh?”

Harvey Bullock to The Penguin:
“But I like looking at you, it’s soothing, like a bonsai tree..”

The Doctor is called Leslie.

This episode has surprising aspects of The walking Dead about it.

Meanwhile Ivy was kind of evil. She has the look a a devil child.

Don Maroni to The Penguin:
“Do you know what hubris is?”

The Penguin continues to steal absolutely every scene that he is in.

Garner:
“Electricity is an amazing thing, it can work wonders…”

Butch listens to music in his car:
The Five Satins:In The Heat Of The Night.

Butch and his friend Jim.
Butch:
“I just wanna say sorry ,for cheating you out of that beefsteak”..

You know Gotham is just so beautiful to look at I’m going to just watch and stop writing.  Because Gotham is most of all visual.

Johnny Cash sings:
“God’s gonna cut you down..”

Harvey Bullock to Jim:
“He’s dead, fried like a doughnut..”

***

Review Part ONE
Gotham Series Two
 (or more correctly Episode 12 in the second half of the mid-season break- as I discovered)

So Gotham didn’t stand up too well for a feature length episode for me.  This was due to a lack of the presence of Alfred I felt.  With his increasingly engaging young charge: Bruce Wayne.  Engaging as a character, slowly coming out of his shell.  figuratively and emotionally.  As a shy kid and a grief struck one.

Everything Bruce Wayne does as a child beautifully prefigures the later character of Batman. In my opinion.  We really believe that we can see that future connection.  Or growth.  From the young Bruce Wayne to the man.

Plus the wonderful and memorable and ineffable character of Alfred, the Butler.  Not a Valet as he explains it (his job) to the ever woodenly grimacing Jim Gordon.  Jim who is, we as viewers know, the future tough talking square-headed or is it square-jawed Commissioner.  Of Gotham city.

When I think of Alfred, it will always be Michael Caine who comes to mind.  However new Alfred I am going to add to that hallowed name.  The new Alfred reminds me of Michael Caine and his style. They are both proper Cockneys.

I guess how you feel about say the Bruce Wayne and Alfred side (never forgetting my favourite character Cat and the occasional appearance of Ivy-the slightly evil child)  depends on your own memories and associations with the story of Batman.

Apart from Michael Caine, I am referencing Gotham with vintage more than recent versions of the Batman Story.

I do believe Gotham is presented in the style of a graphic novel.Just one made cinematographically real.

Fantastically  (quite often) so.  In my opinion.  For someone who likes unusual colours in dramas nay colours themselves, especially when such brush strokes are experimental (Crimes Of Passion). Gotham could be said to be really nearly a cinematographic dream come true.

Fort me I am less, in this episode anyway engaged in the murdering and political shenanigans.  Not to mention the Mafia.

Mind you Don Carmine Falceone was an impressive performance.  Giving an almost mini-Godfather style story contained within the whole.  I really do think that his acting was excellent and convincing.  In the portrayal of his character, in all his love-lorn to rage-filled ways. Brilliant stuff.  Culminating in an horrific scene which kind of ruined the zany tea-time fun label I had of Gotham. A metaphorical post-it note if you like.

No, Gotham is meant to be fun.  I know it has mad manic near mystic Silence of The Lambs style murderers.  And more weird and wonderful variations of evil(doers) to boot.

However in spite of all this I wasn’t taking Gotham entirely seriously. since the drama often  verged from sinister to surreal in it’s imagery.  Which easily become silly sort of.

I guess this edge of surrealistic semi-zaniness in Gotham can be taken either way: verging on funny/ humourous or a darkly Gothic fairgrounds and clowns sort of style horror.  Probably all that and more.

Thing is, I didn’t really want things to get that gruesome in Gotham.  Because everything else is not quite perfect in the drama.  As in some scenes and characters do not quite work.   As not necessarily any acting fault it is just that some of the characters seem to get the whole kind of hyper-real Gothic vibe to Gotham.

Throw in graphic novel and semi-comic zany plus several side helpings of surreal.  Make of Gotham what you will.

I note that the fantastical and cavernous circular lighting in the setting of the Police Station is gone. The inner circle of hell in appearance I think I described the Police Station in series One.

So perhaps we are meant to be seeing the evolution of deeply corrupt almost dungeon deep moral sickness.  A sickness adrift in the city of Gotham.

****

Gotham
Episode Thirteen.  Notes and dialogue only.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
The Penguin:
Hello Fish!”.  Giggles.

***
Now.
Harvey Bullock talks like a Raymond Chandler character.

So it’s the officially mad West Ham fan from the series Lillyhammer.

Yey. Alfred is back.

Fish to her torturer: (draws breath)
“Is that all you got fella?”
“‘Cause you’re gonna bore me to death!”

Harvey Bullock to Jim Gordon:
“Flass, he’s protected”..
he continues:
“These are serious people, for all I know the Commissioner gets a piece!”

I never was keen on the Police Chief. Seems she is corrupt too.

The poem:
” Dear Miss Kringles”
“Your eyes are as green as a meadow”
“Your smile is as bright as the sun”
“Your skin is as white as a snowflake””It seems like your life is fun”
Ah.

The Penguin’s Mother.
The Penguin’s mother to her dancing partner:
“Your are so graceful…for a big man”!..
she continues:
“So nice to meet a friend of Oswald’s”
“I’m Gertrude Kapelput..”

The Penguin acts like a good Godfather.
The Penguin to Jim Gordon:
“Of course!”
“The favour is done!”
Jim:
“No one gets hurt!”
The Penguin:
“Of course not!”
“Champagne?”
The Penguin gets pissed..

Bruce Wayne to Alfred:
“She was lying..”
Alfred to Bruce Wayne:
“Are you going to keep crying over the shattered fragments of your young dreams?”!

Harvey Bullock and Fish Mooney.
Harvey:
“Do me a favour, don’t come back..”
“Be good“..
Her:
Always!” (mwah!)

Fantastical setting in the docks at night.

***

Gotham-Series Two-or more correctly-the second half of Series One after a mid-season break. Episodes Twelve and Thirteen- some notes and dialogue. Minor spoilers Only. With Review Part ONE at the end of Episode Twelve followed by some notes and dialogue only for Episode Thirteen at the end. On Channel five in the UK or channel number 105 on Virgin Media TV. Mondays @ 9pm.

Gotham
Series Two-or so I thought.
This is really a mid-season break as I discovered from the episode numbers.

Episode Twelve.  A feature length episode.

Harvey Bullock to Jim Gordon:
“Arkham Asylum Security Guard?”..

The Play at the Arkham Asylum.
some dialogue:
“If the King be least unwilling what I command I will fill thy bones so they ache and roar..”
“pray, this art is full of power!”
“Full fathom fore my father lies for his bones are coral made, those were pearls that were his eyes..”

Creepy Prison-oops Arkham Asylum Governor to Jim Gordon:
“Think you can’t fall any further? think again..”

Oh no!  Its Brody’s wife from the series Homeland.  She is so beautiful.

Cat and Ivy.
Ah.

(Gulls cry)

The Penguin:
“You’re beginning to irk me, it’s The Penguin”
Then Penguin to Policemen:
“Boys, why the frowns?”

Doctor (Brody’s wife) to Jim Gordon:
Really?
“This is rather unusual and sinister isn’t it?”

The Doctor (Brody’s wife) is so beautiful and tall she seems like a superheroine.

The Asylum’s Nurse is a veteran and amazing actress.

In a Church some bells chime.

Garner:
“Egregious insubordination..”

Butch and his old friend Jim.
Butch:
“Jim!”
Jim:
“Butch!”
Butch:
“Hey brother,…don’t wait too long, huh?”


Harvey Bullock to The Penguin:
“But I like looking at you, it’s soothing, like a bonsai tree..”

The Doctor is called Leslie.

This episode has surprising aspects of The walking Dead about it.

Meanwhile Ivy was kind of evil. She has the look a a devil child.

Don Maroni to The Penguin:
“Do you know what hubris is?”

The Penguin continues to steal absolutely every scene that he is in.

Garner:
“Electricity is an amazing thing, it can work wonders…”

Butch listens to music in his car:
The Five Satins:In The Heat Of The Night.

Butch and his friend Jim.
Butch:
“I just wanna say sorry ,for cheating you out of that beefsteak”..

You know Gotham is just so beautiful to look at I’m going to just watch and stop writing.  Because Gotham is most of all visual.

Johnny Cash sings:
“God’s gonna cut you down..”

Harvey Bullock to Jim:
“He’s dead, fried like a doughnut..”

***

Review Part ONE
Gotham Series Two
 (or more correctly Episode 12 in the second half of the mid-season break- as I discovered)

So Gotham didn’t stand up too well for a feature length episode for me.  This was due to a lack of the presence of Alfred I felt.  With his increasingly engaging young charge: Bruce Wayne.  Engaging as a character, slowly coming out of his shell.  figuratively and emotionally.  As a shy kid and a grief struck one.

Everything Bruce Wayne does as a child beautifully prefigures the later character of Batman. In my opinion.  We really believe that we can see that future connection.  Or growth.  From the young Bruce Wayne to the man.

Plus the wonderful and memorable and ineffable character of Alfred, the Butler.  Not a Valet as he explains it (his job) to the ever woodenly grimacing Jim Gordon.  Jim who is, we as viewers know, the future tough talking square-headed or is it square-jawed Commissioner.  Of Gotham city.

When I think of Alfred, it will always be Michael Caine who comes to mind.  However new Alfred I am going to add to that hallowed name.  The new Alfred reminds me of Michael Caine and his style. They are both proper Cockneys.

I guess how you feel about say the Bruce Wayne and Alfred side (never forgetting my favourite character Cat and the occasional appearance of Ivy-the slightly evil child)  depends on your own memories and associations with the story of Batman.

Apart from Michael Caine, I am referencing Gotham with vintage more than recent versions of the Batman Story.

I do believe Gotham is presented in the style of a graphic novel.Just one made cinematographically real.

Fantastically  (quite often) so.  In my opinion.  For someone who likes unusual colours in dramas nay colours themselves, especially when such brush strokes are experimental (Crimes Of Passion). Gotham could be said to be really nearly a cinematographic dream come true.

Fort me I am less, in this episode anyway engaged in the murdering and political shenanigans.  Not to mention the Mafia.

Mind you Don Carmine Falceone was an impressive performance.  Giving an almost mini-Godfather style story contained within the whole.  I really do think that his acting was excellent and convincing.  In the portrayal of his character, in all his love-lorn to rage-filled ways. Brilliant stuff.  Culminating in an horrific scene which kind of ruined the zany tea-time fun label I had of Gotham. A metaphorical post-it note if you like.

No, Gotham is meant to be fun.  I know it has mad manic near mystic Silence of The Lambs style murderers.  And more weird and wonderful variations of evil(doers) to boot.

However in spite of all this I wasn’t taking Gotham entirely seriously. since the drama often  verged from sinister to surreal in it’s imagery.  Which easily become silly sort of.

I guess this edge of surrealistic semi-zaniness in Gotham can be taken either way: verging on funny/ humourous or a darkly Gothic fairgrounds and clowns sort of style horror.  Probably all that and more.

Thing is, I didn’t really want things to get that gruesome in Gotham.  Because everything else is not quite perfect in the drama.  As in some scenes and characters do not quite work.   As not necessarily any acting fault it is just that some of the characters seem to get the whole kind of hyper-real Gothic vibe to Gotham.

Throw in graphic novel and semi-comic zany plus several side helpings of surreal.  Make of Gotham what you will.

I note that the fantastical and cavernous circular lighting in the setting of the Police Station is gone. The inner circle of hell in appearance I think I described the Police Station in series One.

So perhaps we are meant to be seeing the evolution of deeply corrupt almost dungeon deep moral sickness.  A sickness adrift in the city of Gotham.

****

Gotham
Episode Thirteen.  Notes and dialogue only.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
The Penguin:
Hello Fish!”.  Giggles.

***
Now.
Harvey Bullock talks like a Raymond Chandler character.

So it’s the officially mad West Ham fan from the series Lillyhammer.

Yey. Alfred is back.

Fish to her torturer: (draws breath)
“Is that all you got fella?”
“‘Cause you’re gonna bore me to death!”


Harvey Bullock to Jim Gordon:
“Flass, he’s protected”..
he continues:
“These are serious people, for all I know the Commissioner gets a piece!”

I never was keen on the Police Chief. Seems she is corrupt too.


The poem:
” Dear Miss Kringles”
“Your eyes are as green as a meadow”
“Your smile is as bright as the sun”
“Your skin is as white as a snowflake””It seems like your life is fun”
Ah.

The Penguin’s Mother.
The Penguin’s mother to her dancing partner:
“Your are so graceful…for a big man”!..
she continues:
“So nice to meet a friend of Oswald’s”
“I’m Gertrude Kapelput..”

The Penguin acts like a good Godfather.
The Penguin to Jim Gordon:
“Of course!”
“The favour is done!”
Jim:
“No one gets hurt!”
The Penguin:
“Of course not!”
“Champagne?”
The Penguin gets pissed..

Bruce Wayne to Alfred:
“She was lying..”
Alfred to Bruce Wayne:
“Are you going to keep crying over the shattered fragments of your young dreams?”!

Harvey Bullock and Fish Mooney.
Harvey:
“Do me a favour, don’t come back..”
“Be good“..
Her:
Always!” (mwah!)

Fantastical setting in the docks at night.

***

Quick note to my readers-a new series-1992. In Italian with English subtitles. On Sky Arts 1 & Sky Arts 1 HD on Tuesdays @ 10pm repeated at 4:15am. First aired 24th March 2015.

Quick note to my Readers
A New Series:

1992

First aired on 24th March 2015.  On sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD Tuesdays @10pm and repeated @ 4:15am

So whilst I am considering with trepidation returning to Bloodline. Episode three it will be: I have found this new Italian series thanks to a preview I spotted.

Virgin Media TV Preview: “1992”
“Compelling ten part Italian drama following six people whose lives are intertwined with the rapidly changing political landscape of early 90’s Italy”

From the original Preview I read:
The Independent Radar TV Guide- Tuesday 24th March TV Preview for Tuesday by Gerard Gilbert:

“Sky Arts is stealing a march on BBC4 with its slate of subtitled drama.  Gomorrah and The Legacy were brilliant: 30 degrees in February has been a pleasant surprise.  This new political drama from Italy follows six individuals caught up in the nationwide judicial investigation of the early 1990’s into corruption, which resulted in the dissolution of many political parties.  Stefano Acorsi stars”

***
My notes. 

Well one episode in so far and “1992” is looking good.   So far I have only identified three major characters.  I expect that the next episode will introduce the next three.  Unless I have missed some (meant to be) main characters so far.

“1992” is fun, well not in jolly fun, but fresh, cool, interesting and different. And it’s the nineties..

Quick note to my readers-a new series-1992. In Italian with English subtitles. On Sky Arts 1 & Sky Arts 1 HD on Tuesdays @ 10pm repeated at 4:15am. First aired 24th March 2015.

Quick note to my Readers
A New Series:

1992

First aired on 24th March 2015.  On sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD Tuesdays @10pm and repeated @ 4:15am

So whilst I am considering with trepidation returning to Bloodline. Episode three it will be: I have found this new Italian series thanks to a preview I spotted.

Virgin Media TV Preview: “1992”
“Compelling ten part Italian drama following six people whose lives are intertwined with the rapidly changing political landscape of early 90’s Italy”

From the original Preview I read:
The Independent Radar TV Guide- Tuesday 24th March TV Preview for Tuesday by Gerard Gilbert:

“Sky Arts is stealing a march on BBC4 with its slate of subtitled drama.  Gomorrah and The Legacy were brilliant: 30 degrees in February has been a pleasant surprise.  This new political drama from Italy follows six individuals caught up in the nationwide judicial investigation of the early 1990’s into corruption, which resulted in the dissolution of many political parties.  Stefano Acorsi stars”

***
My notes. 

Well one episode in so far and “1992” is looking good.   So far I have only identified three major characters.  I expect that the next episode will introduce the next three.  Unless I have missed some (meant to be) main characters so far.

“1992” is fun, well not in jolly fun, but fresh, cool, interesting and different. And it’s the nineties..

Thirty Degrees In February/ 30 Grader I Fevruari. Episodes five and six some notes and dialogue on first watching with review Part THREE at the end. Minor spoilers only. In Swedish, English and Thai with English subtitles. On in the UK on Sky Arts 1 & Sky Arts 1 HD Fridays @ 9pm.

Thirty Degrees In February/ 30 Grader i Fevruari

 Episode Five

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Oh is the name of the lady masseuse.

Majlis is looking at a watch.
Flies buzz.

Hotel Receptionist:
“Let’s call room three one four…”

(soft muzak plays)
At the Happiness bungalow.

Meanwhile Glenn prepares a hotel bed.  He appear to have made a little elephant out of towels. It even has a trunk.  He tries again.  Now his date, Dit, has actually legged it.

Kasja and her bar Manager.
Him:
“Guests angry, you angry,why not call this Angry Bungalow?”!

Nb. Dit and Oh:  Dit is the sister of Oh. Dit is Glenn’s date.

(after the date)
Oh to Glenn:
“Why you do this?”
“Just be yourself!”
Then a song comes on: Oh listens and smiles.  She says:
“Swedish?”
The Swedish song is really kicking it.   Then it becomes even more obvious.  Well what I have been wishing for from a while back happens. However it is a kind of unrequited love thing.  As yet.

Glen gives Dit a pair of glasses.
Glenn:
Put them on”
She does.
Glenn:
“Can you see me?”

(meanwhile back at Happiness Bungalows)
So that was all most intense.  Chan reveals his true colours.

Seriously dark now really.

Glenn and Dit and Oh’s family at dinner.
The father has to put on a suit jacket.  They get an artfully prepared nouvelle cuisine meal.  Which means there is hardly anything to eat.

Dit translates her father: (about someone the family know who married a Swedish man)
“She says he eats rotten fish and gets drunk on Saturdays!”


Glenn:
Takes his jacket off rakishly and charmingly.
“I will pay in the lobby!”..

Dit and Oh’s father to Dit:
“Is he going to take responsibility for us?”

Dit to Glenn:
Please, promise, no romantic..”
Glenn:
“I won’t go..”
Dit:
“You promise?”
Glenn:
“I promise..”
Ahhh.

And Majlis takes a walk into the beautiful blue night. with the clouds stacked up high.  Like giant midnight blue stage sets.  There is a sunset like Turner was painting it.

Oh. No.

***

Episode six

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously:
Glenn watches Oh speeding through the night in a Tak Tak Taxi.

Joy:
“Pong?!”

So Chan returns.
Birds sing.
Joy writes:
“I’m sorry,I did it, my Mom made me do it, I’m sorry.”
“Joy.”

So I am really into the music at the beginning.

At the hotel.
Majlis takes off the Do Not Disturb sign from the hotel door.

Then Bengt Junior arrives.
Bengt Junior:
“Hello, do you speak Swedish?”
to the Hotel Receptionist.
“Ja” she replies.

(cicadas chirp)
(match hisses)

Majlis goes shopping.
Majlis:
“Yes, I’ll take this.”
Then she rents a scooter.

Glen and Oh.
They go shopping. Oh is trying on rings for Dit.  Then Oh insists on paying for a shirt for her nephew.
Oh:
“I haven’t seen him in a long time…”
Of course we we know who they are really both in love with.

(this is getting boring now)

Joy to the Bar Manager:
“I want you to translate this into Thai”
Please”..
She pushes her hands together (as if in prayer).  Or a Namaste.

Kasja to Chan:
“If you need anything to drink or eat..”
“You know where we are..”
Kasja drinks her bottle of water in front of Chan.
Kasja:
“Want some?”

Glen and Dit.
Glenn:
“If we are going to be friends for a very long time, we need to know everything about each other”
I’m not convinced really.

Then the baldy man turns up at the beach.  The baldy man can speak Swedish.

Glenn gets drunk and both Dit and Oh bring him home.  Why Glenn.  Why.

Then Dit finds her ring.

Dit and Oh.
Dit:
“I was worried.  He was worried.  You’ll be happy..”
Oh:
“I know you will be happy, the two of you..”
“Dit, I’m not jealous, I’m envious of you..”

At the Police Station.
Majlis and Bengt Junior.
Majlis:
“We’ll do what Sarah says…”

Things are veering from holiday to horror.

Kasja to Wilda:
“Tell Joy that I care very much about her, tell her that”..

Joy to Pong:
“I’m sorry”
“I understand if you hate me.”
Pong:
“I trusted you before.”
“But you are just like your mother, as bad as her..”

Then Chan picks up the letter.  Takes it to the Police..

Glen comes to see Oh.  Baldy man is there.
Glenn:
“I don’t remember anything”
Baldy man:
“Then nothing happened..”

Baldy man comes inside.
Baldy man to Glenn:
“Smell that,
“Coffee”
“If I could, I’d smoke it, I would!”

Glenn & Oh.
Glenn:
“I used to be an ultimate fighter, on TV..”
Glenn:
“I was six…”(they talk in English)
Oh:
“You must take the bus, you must go to Dit”
Glenn:
“Why?”
Oh:
“”You should be loved..”

We realise that Sarah does more than translate and help out tourists at the Police station.

Everything is happy for now and jolly gentle guitar music is playing. which means surely that this cannot last.

Glen visits the parents.
Dit’s Dad:
“Please come , inside the house”..


Bengt Junior: (to the Swedish diving crew)
“She’s not my real mum, but when I was little I wished she was”..

Everything is coca-cola.  Then Bengt Junior gets a paranoid vision.

(fan whirs)
Glenn is forced to drink what I thought was some un-purified water.  But it is Pepsi-cola..


Glenn to Dit:
“You’re not in love with me are you?”
Her:
“I am..”
Glenn:
“My stomach hurts..”
Dit:
“But we have fun?”
“You, me and Phirpan…”

Slow jangly music is playing now.  Then with wooden blocks.

Bengt Junior to Majlis:
“Say something!”
“Say something true for once..!”

***

Review of 30 Degrees in February/ 3- Grader i Fevruari Part THREE

So I was surprised to feel that 30° in February/ 30° i Fevruari was starting to drag at one point. I think I am bored with the story of Majlis.  Even though it has had its satisfyingly horror moments.

 Not to mention the classic appearance of the crisp shirted searcher of truth in the e form of Bengt Junior.  Who looked like he was getting all chilled out and hippiefied for a while there-until he started seeing  differently.  with his paranoid vision.  Or was it.

Kasja and Chan continue to battle: horrifically and tumultuously away.  with each other and each other’s businesses. They are at war.  Albeit a polite one with mostly smiles.  At vendetta that veers into sinister. Now which way will the battle go?

Each time there could have been,should have been a solution, a resolution. Things only get worse. Because Kasja is a formidable fighter who will go down fighting.  Or so she pretends.  When really she won’t go down at all.  Not in any war.

However, I reckon instead of possibly getting better;things between Kasja and Chan can only get worse.

I do remain entranced with the so far unrequited love between: well I really cannot say.
(it’s been a difficult enough business with personal pronouns)
There’s just an itzy bitzy problem..

On consideration perhaps this slight feeling of drag, experienced with the drama is a deliberate effect. In that somehow 30° in February/ i Fevruari is a communicating to us that torpid, holiday feel.  But more especially that strangely flat morning after feeling.

When the holiday: or the party is over. Just like Majlis looks at the wreckage from her party the night before.

ll the characters in the drama that came to Bangkok are transitioning: from that holiday happy zone back to real life.  Or rather real life but a different and new one.  with some things the same.  People for example. Love.  Falling in love.  Hoping.  wishing.  Hating.  However momentarily.

Variations of these sort of evolutions (life evolutions perhaps) is affecting and happening to many of the characters.

The newcomers have to settle down  to a real life. They are just re-ordering their life-or hoping to. To end up with something a little different .  With some, needed things, family, someone, love, loyalty still there the same.

This is sounding soppy now.  See somehow 30° in February/ 30° i Fevruari survives soppy.  It even deals in soppiness..  Yet wades right on through any brief syrupy morass and then kicks us up the backside metaphorically.

With some shocking shift back into black humour, pathos and tragedy.  Horror too-of a classic (holiday) thriller feel.

Me of course all I am waiting for
(well apart from Majlis changing that one dress-oh wait she did) is the showdown between Glenn, our hero, intrepid and would-be-husband and believer in love and Official holder of the One.  True. Heart.

(which in Fairy tales would enable him to jump off the cliff top and enter the wondrous kingdom instead of getting splatted)

Yes, the showdown between Glenn and the Baldy guy i s what I am waiting for.  We know it has to come.  Like in High Noon at The OK Corral.

I realise I only noticed this last episode that the baldy guy was speaking Swedish all along.  Or is it English?  I have stopped noticing.  Along with the Thai all the langues slip by and intertwine with each other in the dialogue:  Seamlessly.

As mentioned previously, the mistranslation (or rather-real translation) in the English translation of some of the Thai dialogue is amusing and revealing.  Adding a further depth an meaning to the drama.

***

Thirty Degrees In February/ 30 Grader I Fevruari. Episodes five and six some notes and dialogue on first watching with review Part THREE at the end. Minor spoilers only. In Swedish, English and Thai with English subtitles. On in the UK on Sky Arts 1 & Sky Arts 1 HD Fridays @ 9pm.

Thirty Degrees In February/ 30 Grader i Fevruari

 Episode Five

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Oh is the name of the lady masseuse.

Majlis is looking at a watch.
Flies buzz.

Hotel Receptionist:
“Let’s call room three one four…”

(soft muzak plays)
At the Happiness bungalow.

Meanwhile Glenn prepares a hotel bed.  He appear to have made a little elephant out of towels. It even has a trunk.  He tries again.  Now his date, Dit, has actually legged it.

Kasja and her bar Manager.
Him:
“Guests angry, you angry,why not call this Angry Bungalow?”!

Nb. Dit and Oh:  Dit is the sister of Oh. Dit is Glenn’s date.

(after the date)
Oh to Glenn:
“Why you do this?”
“Just be yourself!”
Then a song comes on: Oh listens and smiles.  She says:
“Swedish?”
The Swedish song is really kicking it.   Then it becomes even more obvious.  Well what I have been wishing for from a while back happens. However it is a kind of unrequited love thing.  As yet.

Glen gives Dit a pair of glasses.
Glenn:
Put them on”
She does.
Glenn:
“Can you see me?”

(meanwhile back at Happiness Bungalows)
So that was all most intense.  Chan reveals his true colours.

Seriously dark now really.

Glenn and Dit and Oh’s family at dinner.
The father has to put on a suit jacket.  They get an artfully prepared nouvelle cuisine meal.  Which means there is hardly anything to eat.

Dit translates her father: (about someone the family know who married a Swedish man)
“She says he eats rotten fish and gets drunk on Saturdays!”

Glenn:
Takes his jacket off rakishly and charmingly.
“I will pay in the lobby!”..

Dit and Oh’s father to Dit:
“Is he going to take responsibility for us?”

Dit to Glenn:
Please, promise, no romantic..”
Glenn:
“I won’t go..”
Dit:
“You promise?”
Glenn:
“I promise..”
Ahhh.

And Majlis takes a walk into the beautiful blue night. with the clouds stacked up high.  Like giant midnight blue stage sets.  There is a sunset like Turner was painting it.

Oh. No.

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Episode six

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously:
Glenn watches Oh speeding through the night in a Tak Tak Taxi.

Joy:
“Pong?!”

So Chan returns.
Birds sing.
Joy writes:
“I’m sorry,I did it, my Mom made me do it, I’m sorry.”
“Joy.”

So I am really into the music at the beginning.

At the hotel.
Majlis takes off the Do Not Disturb sign from the hotel door.

Then Bengt Junior arrives.
Bengt Junior:
“Hello, do you speak Swedish?”
to the Hotel Receptionist.
“Ja” she replies.

(cicadas chirp)
(match hisses)

Majlis goes shopping.
Majlis:
“Yes, I’ll take this.”
Then she rents a scooter.

Glen and Oh.
They go shopping. Oh is trying on rings for Dit.  Then Oh insists on paying for a shirt for her nephew.
Oh:
“I haven’t seen him in a long time…”
Of course we we know who they are really both in love with.

(this is getting boring now)

Joy to the Bar Manager:
“I want you to translate this into Thai”
Please”..
She pushes her hands together (as if in prayer).  Or a Namaste.

Kasja to Chan:
“If you need anything to drink or eat..”
“You know where we are..”
Kasja drinks her bottle of water in front of Chan.
Kasja:
“Want some?”

Glen and Dit.
Glenn:
“If we are going to be friends for a very long time, we need to know everything about each other”
I’m not convinced really.

Then the baldy man turns up at the beach.  The baldy man can speak Swedish.

Glenn gets drunk and both Dit and Oh bring him home.  Why Glenn.  Why.

Then Dit finds her ring.

Dit and Oh.
Dit:
“I was worried.  He was worried.  You’ll be happy..”
Oh:
“I know you will be happy, the two of you..”
“Dit, I’m not jealous, I’m envious of you..”

At the Police Station.
Majlis and Bengt Junior.
Majlis:
“We’ll do what Sarah says…”

Things are veering from holiday to horror.

Kasja to Wilda:
“Tell Joy that I care very much about her, tell her that”..

Joy to Pong:
“I’m sorry”
“I understand if you hate me.”
Pong:
“I trusted you before.”
“But you are just like your mother, as bad as her..”

Then Chan picks up the letter.  Takes it to the Police..

Glen comes to see Oh.  Baldy man is there.
Glenn:
“I don’t remember anything”
Baldy man:
“Then nothing happened..”

Baldy man comes inside.
Baldy man to Glenn:
“Smell that,
“Coffee”
“If I could, I’d smoke it, I would!”

Glenn & Oh.
Glenn:
“I used to be an ultimate fighter, on TV..”
Glenn:
“I was six…”(they talk in English)
Oh:
“You must take the bus, you must go to Dit”
Glenn:
“Why?”
Oh:
“”You should be loved..”

We realise that Sarah does more than translate and help out tourists at the Police station.

Everything is happy for now and jolly gentle guitar music is playing. which means surely that this cannot last.

Glen visits the parents.
Dit’s Dad:
“Please come , inside the house”..

Bengt Junior: (to the Swedish diving crew)
“She’s not my real mum, but when I was little I wished she was”..

Everything is coca-cola.  Then Bengt Junior gets a paranoid vision.

(fan whirs)
Glenn is forced to drink what I thought was some un-purified water.  But it is Pepsi-cola..

Glenn to Dit:
“You’re not in love with me are you?”
Her:
“I am..”
Glenn:
“My stomach hurts..”
Dit:
“But we have fun?”
“You, me and Phirpan…”

Slow jangly music is playing now.  Then with wooden blocks.

Bengt Junior to Majlis:
“Say something!”
“Say something true for once..!”

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Review of 30 Degrees in February/ 3- Grader i Fevruari Part THREE

So I was surprised to feel that 30° in February/ 30° i Fevruari was starting to drag at one point. I think I am bored with the story of Majlis.  Even though it has had its satisfyingly horror moments.

 Not to mention the classic appearance of the crisp shirted searcher of truth in the e form of Bengt Junior.  Who looked like he was getting all chilled out and hippiefied for a while there-until he started seeing  differently.  with his paranoid vision.  Or was it.

Kasja and Chan continue to battle: horrifically and tumultuously away.  with each other and each other’s businesses. They are at war.  Albeit a polite one with mostly smiles.  At vendetta that veers into sinister. Now which way will the battle go?

Each time there could have been,should have been a solution, a resolution. Things only get worse. Because Kasja is a formidable fighter who will go down fighting.  Or so she pretends.  When really she won’t go down at all.  Not in any war.

However, I reckon instead of possibly getting better;things between Kasja and Chan can only get worse.

I do remain entranced with the so far unrequited love between: well I really cannot say.
(it’s been a difficult enough business with personal pronouns)
There’s just an itzy bitzy problem..

On consideration perhaps this slight feeling of drag, experienced with the drama is a deliberate effect. In that somehow 30° in February/ i Fevruari is a communicating to us that torpid, holiday feel.  But more especially that strangely flat morning after feeling.

When the holiday: or the party is over. Just like Majlis looks at the wreckage from her party the night before.

ll the characters in the drama that came to Bangkok are transitioning: from that holiday happy zone back to real life.  Or rather real life but a different and new one.  with some things the same.  People for example. Love.  Falling in love.  Hoping.  wishing.  Hating.  However momentarily.

Variations of these sort of evolutions (life evolutions perhaps) is affecting and happening to many of the characters.

The newcomers have to settle down  to a real life. They are just re-ordering their life-or hoping to. To end up with something a little different .  With some, needed things, family, someone, love, loyalty still there the same.

This is sounding soppy now.  See somehow 30° in February/ 30° i Fevruari survives soppy.  It even deals in soppiness..  Yet wades right on through any brief syrupy morass and then kicks us up the backside metaphorically.

With some shocking shift back into black humour, pathos and tragedy.  Horror too-of a classic (holiday) thriller feel.

Me of course all I am waiting for
(well apart from Majlis changing that one dress-oh wait she did) is the showdown between Glenn, our hero, intrepid and would-be-husband and believer in love and Official holder of the One.  True. Heart.

(which in Fairy tales would enable him to jump off the cliff top and enter the wondrous kingdom instead of getting splatted)

Yes, the showdown between Glenn and the Baldy guy i s what I am waiting for.  We know it has to come.  Like in High Noon at The OK Corral.

I realise I only noticed this last episode that the baldy guy was speaking Swedish all along.  Or is it English?  I have stopped noticing.  Along with the Thai all the langues slip by and intertwine with each other in the dialogue:  Seamlessly.

As mentioned previously, the mistranslation (or rather-real translation) in the English translation of some of the Thai dialogue is amusing and revealing.  Adding a further depth an meaning to the drama.

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