Telly Thursday Goes Deep Sea Diving

Posted on August 7, 2010

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Haven’t I Seen This Show Before?

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Yes. Yes, you have.

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After-all, have you seen The Abyss (I hate you James Cameron)? Yes. Have you seen The X-Files at any point in your life? Yes? Of course you have. Let me see, what else…

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The Deep is claustrophobic. It’s tense and it reels you in, pun intended, seeing as it’s set underwater with absolutely ENORMOUS fish floating around outside the submarine. It also stars James Nesbitt whom, in my book, is always worth taking an hour out to watch.

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But while it’s compelling in these areas, it also has that horrible feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you realise you’ve seen it before. I got it when I saw Avatar (In keeping with the I Hate You James Cameron theme).

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But it’s quite annoying when you’re able to figure out what’s coming before the characters have done so. If you’d seen either of the aforementioned texts you’d probably be able to write the script yourself, which is another point to make as the script, or the dialogue in particular, really isn’t great. I’m sure I’ve written before about the ‘Show, don’t tell’ rule which, in a series like this really gets thrown by the wayside because if the creators were to show rather than tell then it wouldn’t be worth our while watching.

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It’s interesting though to look at Sci-Fi and how it turns that rule on its head. As a massive X-Files geek, I always felt that the best episodes it did were the ones that told rather than showed, in that extreme switcheroo from the normal rule. And that works if your script is written well and you’ve got something interesting to tell us. The Deep so far, doesn’t.

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But it isn’t as obnoxiously condescending as its muse’s director either so I guess it scores brownie points for that.

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Sent down to the bottom of the ocean 6 months after a mysterious accident which claimed the life of Nesbitt’s wife Catherine, the crew of Orpheus, lead by Minnie Driver and imposed upon by Raymond (a last minute addition) embark to the same place to try and figure out what’s down there. Last week I guessed ‘jellyfish’ which, in fairness, was right but not as Les Dennis would say, the ‘top answer’.

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No, it appears the top answer is ‘freaky huge contraption which may or may not be alien in origin’. Or at least I assume that was where they were going with the exploding glowing thing at the bottom of the ocean.

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While it’s annoying in the sense that it really does feel like we’re wasting time watching re-cast X-Files episodes, it’s the kind of series that you ultimately want to know what happens in the end, even if it’s just so you can say that you saw it coming.

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It may be worth sticking with but if you’re like me and get claustrophobic just looking at someone in a small space then you might want to have a drink or two to loosen up before watching.

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Watch Out, Here They Come:

September is kind of like January. January usually swings around every year in a haze of chocolate, booze and torn down Christmas decorations. September swings around in a haze of chocolate, booze and broken up barbecues. The streets empty of kids as the brats head back to the concentration camps schools from which they escaped and suddenly all is right with the world again. September onwards is also a good time to bring back TV series that had summer holidays, or start new series.

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It’s just that kind of a ‘start as you mean to go on’ month and if you can appeal to a viewer’s sense of this with your first episode or two, you’ve got them hooked. So what’s en route this September? Or, seeing as most of the schools go back in August now, we’ll say late August too. (Mainly because my TV guide only goes up as far as then)

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House:

After a cracking Season 6 finale, the good doctor makes a welcome return to our screens on September 20th and the first news from the series gives us all a bit of a shock. No, House hasn’t overdone it on the Vicodin and is hallucinating again. No, no, it’s much worse than that. He’s happy! Happy, I tell you. This just can’t be. Knowing the writers, it probably won’t be for very long. Counting down the days…

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Dexter:

While it’s a series I’ve never gotten into, I’ve heard nothing but good things. Returning to our screens on 20th August, Season 4 kicks off with our favourite serial killer Dexter settling into married life with Rita. But soon he’s suffering from sleep depravation and if you think normal guys are angry with no sleep, just think how serial killers are!

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Season 5 is getting ready to air in America this September so ‘cross the water’ audiences will no doubt be hoping for a quick transition between 4 and 5 over here.

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New Kids On The Block:

Remember the first generation of Skins kids? They were great, weren’t they? Like, really, really great. I have to admit, I loved the first two series of Skins but completely lost interest in the second generation crew mainly because they were bloody emos whom I started seeing wandering around my local nite-club in Wexford and I just wanted to punch them.

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The new lot are largely unknown comprising of: Alexander Arnold, Dakota Blue Richards, Sean Teale, Sebastian De Souza, Will Merrick, Laya Lewis, Freya Mavor and Jessica Sula. Dakota Blue Richards of course, played the role of Lyra in the ill received Golden Compass movie but is gearing up now for some more serious teenager subject matter for E4’s popular drama.

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So now it’s time for plot by numbers: one will die, there’ll be at least 2 inter-group couples (one gay), a drug guru… Guesses on a postcard please.

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L-R: Alexander Arnold, Dakota Blue Richards, Sean Teale, Sebastian De Souza, Will Merrick, Laya Lewis, Freya Mavor and Jessica Sula.

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