Dads-A Review- On ITV 2 or Channel Number 115 on Virgin Media TV-series ended for now-catch up on itvplayer.co.uk

http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2014/01/itv2-acquires-uk-rights-foxs-dads/




Dads

Review/ On first watching:

So Dads is actually funny.  It has witty, pun-laden dialogue and daft situations.  Dads features two main men characters: Warner and Eli, whose elderly Dads live with them.

Dads manages to be that thing rarer than the Koh-i-Noor diamond: a comedy situational comedy that is amusing and enjoyable.  Since comedy sit-coms ceased to be funny a really, really long time ago.

OK except some of the antics by Miranda Hart in her sit-com.  Like Miranda’s mooning about love-lorn and obsessed with the love of her life, Gary,  that she had re-created with a mop.  With his photographed paper face head on the top.

Then Miranda took the Gary-mop-head man with her everywhere she went but kept getting stuck in doorways, sideways.  That was funny.

But that, as far as sit-coms went, was it.  Whether American or British.  Since Two and a Half Men lost Charlie Sheen and he got reprogrammed.

So far i have seen two episodes of Dads.  Which relies on the quality of the comedic skills of the two elderly Dads, one of whom is a recognisable American actor i cannot name.  One of the two younger men friends is also recognisable as a fairly well known actor.  Ditto.

It is is all fairly lightweight but fun.  Plus Dads is not afraid to venture against established TV tropes: as in the first episode i saw the red-haired friend dates a single-parent with an ostensibly cute child.  The child turns out to be a foul mouthed bully who proceeds to bully the man.

So Dads is genuinely funny.  I have now watched the whole first series, there are, disappointingly only 18 episodes.  I say that since you would think 20 to be a nice round number. Oh well.

As mentioned in my first thoughts on Dads, the humour of the situational comedy (sit-com) Dads dares to go against accepted stereotypical politically corrected language, jokes and tropes.

The series also goes against stereotypical roles of characters.  The characters in Dads are not the universally expected Dad or son for example. Both the Dads are unusual for older characters in sit-coms.  Of course if you never held those ideas in the first place then there was no stereotype to start with.

The humour in Dads gets progressively harsher and more metaphorically wince-making as the series goes on.
(I note that one joke was tacitly explained later just in case we were worried.)

The two young male lead characters over time grow in comedic flair and in my appreciation of their comic acting skills and timing.

As an ensemble: there is the Dads, plus Edna of course.  Then there is Eli & Warner’s right hand, astoundingly beautiful colleague at work, Veronica, Warner’s wife (we never see the kids) and various random characters.

The actors and actresses all work excellently together, alone and in pairs.

The two young guys are hilarious and believable together as childhood friends who have set up a joint computer games company, Ghost Child Games.

***

Some dialogue:

The two Dads are stoned:

One of the Dads:
“We grew up in the 60’s you squares!”
“we will get our own doobies then and will challenge you to a pot off!”
Warner & Eli:
“No, We have work..”

Dads sing:
“Noble Eskimos we stole your snow”..

Stoned Dad:
“I need 2,000 dollars to become a DJ!”

Dads sing:
“Nobel Eskimos we stole your snow”
“our warming made your igloo melt!
“You’re left with just a walrus pelt”
(repeat chorus)

Warner: (note)
“I no longer understand your ways”!

Stoned Dad:
“Hello, 911, hi!  I think I am dead!”

footnotes.
Nb. There may be two extra episodes which makes the total up to twenty: The Pilot Episode (un-named) plus
“Eli Nightingale”.

Well worth trying to see the pilot episode which sets the scene nicely with one of the Dads first appearing, with a suitcase..

Dads-A Review- On ITV 2 or Channel Number 115 on Virgin Media TV-series ended for now-catch up on itvplayer.co.uk

http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2014/01/itv2-acquires-uk-rights-foxs-dads/


Dads

Review/ On first watching:

So Dads is actually funny.  It has witty, pun-laden dialogue and daft situations.  Dads features two main men characters: Warner and Eli, whose elderly Dads live with them.

Dads manages to be that thing rarer than the Koh-i-Noor diamond: a comedy situational comedy that is amusing and enjoyable.  Since comedy sit-coms ceased to be funny a really, really long time ago.

OK except some of the antics by Miranda Hart in her sit-com.  Like Miranda’s mooning about love-lorn and obsessed with the love of her life, Gary,  that she had re-created with a mop.  With his photographed paper face head on the top.

Then Miranda took the Gary-mop-head man with her everywhere she went but kept getting stuck in doorways, sideways.  That was funny.

But that, as far as sit-coms went, was it.  Whether American or British.  Since Two and a Half Men lost Charlie Sheen and he got reprogrammed.

So far i have seen two episodes of Dads.  Which relies on the quality of the comedic skills of the two elderly Dads, one of whom is a recognisable American actor i cannot name.  One of the two younger men friends is also recognisable as a fairly well known actor.  Ditto.

It is is all fairly lightweight but fun.  Plus Dads is not afraid to venture against established TV tropes: as in the first episode i saw the red-haired friend dates a single-parent with an ostensibly cute child.  The child turns out to be a foul mouthed bully who proceeds to bully the man.

So Dads is genuinely funny.  I have now watched the whole first series, there are, disappointingly only 18 episodes.  I say that since you would think 20 to be a nice round number. Oh well.

As mentioned in my first thoughts on Dads, the humour of the situational comedy (sit-com) Dads dares to go against accepted stereotypical politically corrected language, jokes and tropes.

The series also goes against stereotypical roles of characters.  The characters in Dads are not the universally expected Dad or son for example. Both the Dads are unusual for older characters in sit-coms.  Of course if you never held those ideas in the first place then there was no stereotype to start with.

The humour in Dads gets progressively harsher and more metaphorically wince-making as the series goes on.
(I note that one joke was tacitly explained later just in case we were worried.)

The two young male lead characters over time grow in comedic flair and in my appreciation of their comic acting skills and timing.

As an ensemble: there is the Dads, plus Edna of course.  Then there is Eli & Warner’s right hand, astoundingly beautiful colleague at work, Veronica, Warner’s wife (we never see the kids) and various random characters.

The actors and actresses all work excellently together, alone and in pairs.

The two young guys are hilarious and believable together as childhood friends who have set up a joint computer games company, Ghost Child Games.

***

Some dialogue:

The two Dads are stoned:

One of the Dads:
“We grew up in the 60’s you squares!”
“we will get our own doobies then and will challenge you to a pot off!”
Warner & Eli:
“No, We have work..”

Dads sing:
“Noble Eskimos we stole your snow”..

Stoned Dad:
“I need 2,000 dollars to become a DJ!”

Dads sing:
“Nobel Eskimos we stole your snow”
“our warming made your igloo melt!
“You’re left with just a walrus pelt”
(repeat chorus)

Warner: (note)
“I no longer understand your ways”!

Stoned Dad:
“Hello, 911, hi!  I think I am dead!”

footnotes.
Nb. There may be two extra episodes which makes the total up to twenty: The Pilot Episode (un-named) plus
“Eli Nightingale”.

Well worth trying to see the pilot episode which sets the scene nicely with one of the Dads first appearing, with a suitcase..

The Killing Series Four-Minor Spoilers-Final episode Six some notes & dialogue with Final Review PART THREE at the end. On Netflix.

The Killing Series Four-Episode Six-The Final Episode

Some notes and dialogue and sound description.

wtf. This is cheerful.  It isn’t a dream is it?  Yep!  I was right.
(gunshot echoes)
(gasps)
Um excuse me, how can you have sound description in a dream?!

So Linden woke up alone.  Things didn’t pan out like I hoped.

More beautiful overflying shots.

(clattering)

The outside of Linden’s lovely clap-board house is sky blue.

So Linden is looking for something…

More lake.

Sarah Linden:
“You’re safe here on the island, nobody knows you’re here..”
(err yeah but conversely that situation could also be a drawback.  if he did do it that is….)

Linden’s guest:
“Is this why you’re here, so nobody can find you?”

Back at the beautiful blue island..
Sarah is back at the white house.. where the blood spatter almost looks like an unusual but red Jackson Pollock.  A whole new series.

Oh dear.  Flashback time.

Suspect & Linden.
Linden is being way, way too helpful.. However maybe she is playing him, smiles sweetly:
“then tell me, tell me what you did..”

Boy, this is cheerful.

Linden has a sit-down with Reddick.  Then the Senator comes in! (its the guy from The Killing 1 & 2)

Reddick to Sarah:
“It’s always the one with the conscience…maybe that’s not enough..”

Reddick leaves Linden the lighter with the pack, she slides it away.  I could look for hours at Linden’s face.  Which we do.

Then, in a lovely scene Linden goes up toward the one way mirror, which Holder is behind..
Ah.

But wait, what is that Sarah Linden has left on the table, next to the cigarettes with lighter on top?

Holder meets Kallie’s Mum, Danette, to make amends.

But then Holder goes to a graveside,,
Holder has such an expressive face.

Even though we don’t know the name of the gravestone we know it by what is written on the back.

Linden is outside her house on a sunny day for once.  She looks around.  Like she is not used to the sunlight/ daylight.

Could this be a murder free day?  Could this be the end?

Oh no.  Happy times.  Very happy times.  Please don’t let  anything tragic happen to Holder’s life.
Holder is running the Narcotics anonymous meeting!
Holder:
“The Eleventh step, God as you define her!”
Ha ha.

Sarah & Holder.
Holder:
“Yo, Linden, 1-900!”
he continues:
“”Yeah, happy, joyous and free, that’s me!”

Linden:
“There is no bad guy, there is just, you know, life..”
she continues:
“I never really had a house to grow up in,”
“I was always looking for that thing”
“So I think maybe, home was us,”
“in that car, smoking cigarettes..”

Holder:
“Close your eyes, maybe you will see who is standing in front of you..”
Linden:
“I should get a ticket..”
Holder:
“Bye..”
Linden:
“Bye..”

No!…he asked you to stay Linden!  Why?  why don’t you get to be happy!  He luuurrves you!…

Sarah drives, rain drops gather as droplets on the window of her car.

Really cool music and singing ensues.
(Sarah drives through Seattle)

Sarah has stopped off to gaze out at another lake.  Double blue scarf around her neck.
She has on fresh lipstick..

***

end of notes and dialogue snippets of episode six

**


Final Review PART THREE

So that was short and sweet as a series.  Compared to Series three.  On consideration The Killing Four was somewhat similar in setting to the Military background of Forbrydelsen Three.  Only six episodes compared to ten of Series three.

Series Four follow followed on from series three directly in time.  Which i enjoyed as a dramatic device.  This is how series one went over to series two of The Killing remake now, i remember.  However in that instance the crime had not been solved.  This time the crime, pretty much,has.

Series four does have a new case but concurrently deals with the aftermath of series three.  Thus does series four take on a dual nature as a kind of extended prologue to a storyline begun but not yet ended from series three.

The two story lines: the new case and the undercover (secret) storyline ramped up the tension and added to the whole heap of horror laden atmosphere hanging all over this series.

This series, apart from the similar ongoing storyline strand from series three is a completely different kettle of fish entirely.  As always, The Killing remake dares to be different.  The Killing has a particular flair for creating something different and extra from the classic Detective murder mystery.

Forbrydelsen is The Killings touchstone, a touch point, from which the remake takes broad themes and add in there something alternate as another storyline.  With a whole other twist.

The new twist is a storyline with its own inherent dramatic tension and suspense.  The story lines operate alternately throughout.  Later, the stories bleed into and feed each other.  Ratcheting even further higher: the dramatic tension, horror quotient and suspense.

Series four is also an unusual, tender and terrible tale told in psychological close-up, of the reactions of Holder & Linden’s characters to stress and how their relationship evolves as a result.

Linden and Holder separately devolve backwards to old habits, demons, obsessions and in Linden’s case: nightmare visions of awfulness.  Herself as a child.  Not looking good. The pin-wheel.  Of course.
I do love to spot a dream sequence before it becomes known as one.  Although I guess most cases are pretty obvious.  Some not.

Poor Linden.  She meets a ghost of her childhood past.  Now all alone, shrunken and bird-like, mute in her appeal from huge brown unblinking eyes.

But Linden cannot forgive.  There is too much pain for her,  Imagine knowing (of) and then seeing the pictures of the brand new family.  Linden will never forgive.  That will be her burden to bear.

However Linden did something else to reach out to this figure from her past, an action that actually involved trust on Linden’s behalf.  Which is pretty good for her.

The very ending of this series was a little left-field.   Although we had an inkling of this scenario signposted in a scene right back in series three.  It was all a bit twee for me.  As romantic and loving of happy endings i may be.

Holder and Linden I find to be an immensely likeable and engaging dramatic Detective duo.  The examination of their relationship and their singular and separate disintegrations in this series almost dwarfed the on-going murder investigation.

However as with Series three, the murder investigation is a fully fledged storyline of its own.  Theories of culprits abound as we follow the progress of the investigation and the story of Kyle at the military Academy.

Considering how long we spend a viewers gazing upon Lin den’s face, it is only towards the end of this series that I noticed a full and long close-up of Holder’s face,  This is a pivotal moment and we see one emotion after another pass across Holder’s face.

It is a testament to the skill of the actor and actress involved, that we as viewers have learnt, as we think, to discern Holder and Linden’s emotions from their mostly impassive faces.  In contrast to Linden’s face, so inscrutable in repose, Holder’s face in the moment described above signals every feeling.  Whilst he says nothing.

It looks like this could be the end of The Killing remake series.  The story all nicely tied up with a bow.
Or is it?…

***

The Killing Series Four-Minor Spoilers-Final episode Six some notes & dialogue with Final Review PART THREE at the end. On Netflix.

The Killing Series Four-Episode Six-The Final Episode

Some notes and dialogue and sound description.

wtf. This is cheerful.  It isn’t a dream is it?  Yep!  I was right.
(gunshot echoes)
(gasps)
Um excuse me, how can you have sound description in a dream?!

So Linden woke up alone.  Things didn’t pan out like I hoped.

More beautiful overflying shots.

(clattering)

The outside of Linden’s lovely clap-board house is sky blue.

So Linden is looking for something…

More lake.

Sarah Linden:
“You’re safe here on the island, nobody knows you’re here..”
(err yeah but conversely that situation could also be a drawback.  if he did do it that is….)

Linden’s guest:
“Is this why you’re here, so nobody can find you?”

Back at the beautiful blue island..
Sarah is back at the white house.. where the blood spatter almost looks like an unusual but red Jackson Pollock.  A whole new series.

Oh dear.  Flashback time.

Suspect & Linden.
Linden is being way, way too helpful.. However maybe she is playing him, smiles sweetly:
“then tell me, tell me what you did..”

Boy, this is cheerful.

Linden has a sit-down with Reddick.  Then the Senator comes in! (its the guy from The Killing 1 & 2)

Reddick to Sarah:
“It’s always the one with the conscience…maybe that’s not enough..”

Reddick leaves Linden the lighter with the pack, she slides it away.  I could look for hours at Linden’s face.  Which we do.

Then, in a lovely scene Linden goes up toward the one way mirror, which Holder is behind..
Ah.

But wait, what is that Sarah Linden has left on the table, next to the cigarettes with lighter on top?

Holder meets Kallie’s Mum, Danette, to make amends.

But then Holder goes to a graveside,,
Holder has such an expressive face.

Even though we don’t know the name of the gravestone we know it by what is written on the back.

Linden is outside her house on a sunny day for once.  She looks around.  Like she is not used to the sunlight/ daylight.

Could this be a murder free day?  Could this be the end?

Oh no.  Happy times.  Very happy times.  Please don’t let  anything tragic happen to Holder’s life.
Holder is running the Narcotics anonymous meeting!
Holder:
“The Eleventh step, God as you define her!”
Ha ha.

Sarah & Holder.
Holder:
“Yo, Linden, 1-900!”
he continues:
“”Yeah, happy, joyous and free, that’s me!”

Linden:
“There is no bad guy, there is just, you know, life..”
she continues:
“I never really had a house to grow up in,”
“I was always looking for that thing”
“So I think maybe, home was us,”
“in that car, smoking cigarettes..”

Holder:
“Close your eyes, maybe you will see who is standing in front of you..”
Linden:
“I should get a ticket..”
Holder:
“Bye..”
Linden:
“Bye..”

No!…he asked you to stay Linden!  Why?  why don’t you get to be happy!  He luuurrves you!…

Sarah drives, rain drops gather as droplets on the window of her car.

Really cool music and singing ensues.
(Sarah drives through Seattle)

Sarah has stopped off to gaze out at another lake.  Double blue scarf around her neck.
She has on fresh lipstick..

***

end of notes and dialogue snippets of episode six

**

Final Review PART THREE

So that was short and sweet as a series.  Compared to Series three.  On consideration The Killing Four was somewhat similar in setting to the Military background of Forbrydelsen Three.  Only six episodes compared to ten of Series three.

Series Four follow followed on from series three directly in time.  Which i enjoyed as a dramatic device.  This is how series one went over to series two of The Killing remake now, i remember.  However in that instance the crime had not been solved.  This time the crime, pretty much,has.

Series four does have a new case but concurrently deals with the aftermath of series three.  Thus does series four take on a dual nature as a kind of extended prologue to a storyline begun but not yet ended from series three.

The two story lines: the new case and the undercover (secret) storyline ramped up the tension and added to the whole heap of horror laden atmosphere hanging all over this series.

This series, apart from the similar ongoing storyline strand from series three is a completely different kettle of fish entirely.  As always, The Killing remake dares to be different.  The Killing has a particular flair for creating something different and extra from the classic Detective murder mystery.

Forbrydelsen is The Killings touchstone, a touch point, from which the remake takes broad themes and add in there something alternate as another storyline.  With a whole other twist.

The new twist is a storyline with its own inherent dramatic tension and suspense.  The story lines operate alternately throughout.  Later, the stories bleed into and feed each other.  Ratcheting even further higher: the dramatic tension, horror quotient and suspense.

Series four is also an unusual, tender and terrible tale told in psychological close-up, of the reactions of Holder & Linden’s characters to stress and how their relationship evolves as a result.

Linden and Holder separately devolve backwards to old habits, demons, obsessions and in Linden’s case: nightmare visions of awfulness.  Herself as a child.  Not looking good. The pin-wheel.  Of course.
I do love to spot a dream sequence before it becomes known as one.  Although I guess most cases are pretty obvious.  Some not.

Poor Linden.  She meets a ghost of her childhood past.  Now all alone, shrunken and bird-like, mute in her appeal from huge brown unblinking eyes.

But Linden cannot forgive.  There is too much pain for her,  Imagine knowing (of) and then seeing the pictures of the brand new family.  Linden will never forgive.  That will be her burden to bear.

However Linden did something else to reach out to this figure from her past, an action that actually involved trust on Linden’s behalf.  Which is pretty good for her.

The very ending of this series was a little left-field.   Although we had an inkling of this scenario signposted in a scene right back in series three.  It was all a bit twee for me.  As romantic and loving of happy endings i may be.

Holder and Linden I find to be an immensely likeable and engaging dramatic Detective duo.  The examination of their relationship and their singular and separate disintegrations in this series almost dwarfed the on-going murder investigation.

However as with Series three, the murder investigation is a fully fledged storyline of its own.  Theories of culprits abound as we follow the progress of the investigation and the story of Kyle at the military Academy.

Considering how long we spend a viewers gazing upon Lin den’s face, it is only towards the end of this series that I noticed a full and long close-up of Holder’s face,  This is a pivotal moment and we see one emotion after another pass across Holder’s face.

It is a testament to the skill of the actor and actress involved, that we as viewers have learnt, as we think, to discern Holder and Linden’s emotions from their mostly impassive faces.  In contrast to Linden’s face, so inscrutable in repose, Holder’s face in the moment described above signals every feeling.  Whilst he says nothing.

It looks like this could be the end of The Killing remake series.  The story all nicely tied up with a bow.
Or is it?…

***