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Why  did Mitchell and Webb just do that to me?? What did I ever do them?

Uh, editing for coherence:

Senile Holmes in a nursing home, despairing Watson trying to make him think he's still a brilliant detective, USE OF WATSON'S FUCKING CHRISTIAN NAME. "I know, John. I do know. I can't get the fog to clear..."

*tearful meeting of eyes*
*total absence of punchline*
*end*

*credits*

WHY.

They just had to break out the "John," didn't they?


*is destroyed.*

Oh, and? You know what I'm doing this week? You know what's got me so tired and grumpy this evening? Taking care of my once-brilliant, now-not-so-much, 92-year-old grandfather.

He's still sort of compos mentis, just not what he was, and he's pitifully, exhaustingly, clingy. And despite having been a goddamn polymath in his prime, he's also an awful, racist old git who never gave a fuck about me from the age of 10 onwards, and is still capable of being highly manipulative. So this mood I'm in is more about pity, frustration and exhaustion, (I'M STILL EDITING TWO GODDAMN BOOKS AAARGH)  not about love and grief, but  anyhow, NO MITCHELL AND WEBB DO NOT WANT.

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Date: 2010-08-17 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oceaxe.livejournal.com
Is this a new episode? I don't think I've seen that one.

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Date: 2010-08-17 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w-a-i-d.livejournal.com
Yes, it just aired tonight. It's on iPlayer. This was my almost instantaneous reaction. This was the last sketch (except it really wasn't a sketch!) or what I believe was the LAST EPISODE OF THE SERIES. Why -- why -- why?

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Date: 2010-08-17 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] postcardmystery.livejournal.com
I'M SO GLAD THAT WASN'T JUST ME.

THERE WERE TEARS IN WATSON'S EYES!

TEARS!

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Date: 2010-08-17 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w-a-i-d.livejournal.com
I POSTED A SOMEWHAT HYSTERICAL "OMG MAKE IT BETTER" PROMPT ON THE MEME AND AM GETTING SOMEWHAT HYSTERICAL RESPONSES.

SO - NOT JUST US.

Why? I don't understand why!

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Date: 2010-08-17 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wraithwitch.livejournal.com
I'm currently at my parents' house looking after my mother who has Alzheimer's and is these days like a miserable and not very bright two-year-old.

*sigh* That wasn't really a skit I needed to see - especially when the make-up was bloody good for decrepit Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwick.

I wouldn't have minded if it was funny. But it was just somewhat evil.

One single bit I liked? The casual tipping of bowl of mush-apple onto the floor, because that had both thought and whimsy behind it and so made me hope it wasn't so bad. (Holmes in senility turning into a sort of crazy and brilliant-by-mistake old doffer I could cope with.) The worst bit was the discussion of archenemies coming to kill Holmes and him saying, 'yes please'. My mother's ranted similar, or she did when she was able.

Erm. All of which was probably more than you wanted in an lj comment. My apologies. I was about to write a ranty post of my own when I saw yours. Sorry.

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Date: 2010-08-18 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w-a-i-d.livejournal.com
I read your posts about your mother and the effect it has on you. I haven't said anything out of a rather comprehensive feeling of not knowing what to say, but I have read them, and I am very sorry. It's just appalling. Actually, I was thinking about you yesterday afternoon while my grandfather was driving me up the wall - i.e well God, this isn't anywhere near THAT bad, pull yourself together, self.

My grandfather can still, say, read Dumas in the original French. He just doesn't retain new information very well and he gets very anxious. And once he had a horrendous panic attack freak-out where he started grabbing at the wheel while my mum was driving and then didn't know who she was and thought she was his dead wife...

Most of the time, though, he doesn't NEED round the clock attention -- (he could even get his own meals, but he won't) but oh how he wants, craves and will deploy below-the-belt tactics to try and get it.

Still, it's very frustrating, and as the spectacle of what a once brilliant, if not exactly nice or good person, has been reduced to, it's depressing.

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Date: 2010-08-18 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wraithwitch.livejournal.com
Frustration - such an integral part of looking after someone whose brain is falling apart. It's very like looking after a vexing child, only you can't say things like 'go to your room this instant!' when things go badly. Although I have taken to bribing my mother with biscuits...

Oh, in regard to the skit? It was suggested to me they were referring back to last week's show where they had a rant about how the ending of Blackadder Goes Fourth wasn't funny. Which answers the WHHHYYY question, but still doesn't make it very funny =/

Good luck with your grandfather - I hope he has lots of 'good days' that make it all a bit easier and less like trying to cheese-grater your own head.

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Date: 2010-08-18 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w-a-i-d.livejournal.com

Ahh. That explains it. I didn't see last episode. But – apples and oranges! Blackadder was a SITCOM, where the situation happened to be unutterably bleak and dangerous. And they had a pattern of ending series with all the characters dead, anyway, they’d just never played it straight before. And what’s more it WAS funny, up until the very last moment, and the transition from humour to tragedy was seamless, really – Baldrick’s last-minute “cunning plan”, the bitterly satirical crack “Who’d notice another madman around here?” and ow, music, guns, poppies. Whereas this was just like – oh, hey, be miserable now.

I am bunking off today (bunking off in the sense of doing the least fun and most .

Obviously I'd rather my grandfather remain as functional as he is, but god, it's like he's juuuuust forgetful enough to turn the guilt-trip screws that bit more effectively.

E.g my parents have arranged for a woman to come in 3 days this week and make his lunch, so I can bunk off (...in order to concentrate on the most gruelling and least fun parts of my job, yay!) This has, of course, been explained to him. EVERY TIME I go to leave the house, however, he is all surprised and miserable that I am leaving him:


Me: Okay, Heidi will be here in an hour, I'm off now.
Grandpa: (tragically) You're not having lunch with me? I thought she was going to make lunch for both of us, that's what your parents said.
Me: No... no it's not. *explains whole thing again* oAnd, I told you, I'm going to Brighton.

(This is a lie, but he has lately worked out how to use my parents' phone after months of incapacity with it JUST so he can chase me.)

Grandpa: When will you be back?
Me: Suppertime.
Grandpa: Seven?
Me: Suppertime.
Grandpa: *not mishearing, or misunderstanding -- haggling* SEVEN.
Me: IN TIME TO MAKE YOU SUPPER. Like always!
Grandpa: But you don't want to put a number on it?
Me: No. *is about to leave*
Grandpa: Do you know where the envelopes are? Can you find me an envelope?

Also every bloody meal has to be a sit-down, formal, table-mats and napkins occasion.

AAAARGH I'm sorry I'm venting at you, who have it so much harder!

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Date: 2010-08-18 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w-a-i-d.livejournal.com
Hit post before I was finished -- was actually going for "preview" and would probably have cut some of all that! Anyway, thanks very much for the good luck -- same to you, of course, or I hope you can get some more support, perhaps, anyway.

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Date: 2010-08-18 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] villeinage.livejournal.com
Can you put this under a spoiler-warning cut, pls?

I have yet to see the episode, and now I know a bit too much.

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Date: 2010-08-18 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w-a-i-d.livejournal.com
Well, but really - it's not like it's an ongoing drama show with a plot to spoil, we're talking about a single 3 minute sketch out of dozens. And it's not even as if this gives away the joke or the punchline, because there isn't one -- it's just a horribly depressing premise that turns out exactly how it looks in the first few seconds. Although, as for exactly how awful it is, I assure you are there are still several surprises left.

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Date: 2010-08-18 10:02 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The best comedians can make you cry

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Date: 2010-08-18 04:07 pm (UTC)
ext_58380: (Rickman OMG)
From: [identity profile] bk7brokemybrain.livejournal.com
I have never seen this show; I was just about to add it to my NetFlix queue. They sound brilliant. I bet this is something they've been thinking about for a very long time. Heartbreaking.
Sorry you are devastated. I know how seemingly innocent content can send one reeling.

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Date: 2010-08-18 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w-a-i-d.livejournal.com
Despite my epic state of D: D: D: WHYYY about this, I do recommend them -- they can be hit and miss, but when they're brilliant they're brilliant, and for the most part they've got better over the years.

I did think this particular piece was pointlessly cruel, though.

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Date: 2010-08-20 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] art-inthe-blood.livejournal.com
Yeah, that's exactly what it was. Cruel, in comedy or drama, I can cope with, it's the *pointlessness* of that particular instance that sent me flying. I'm fond of Mitchell and Webb, and it's often the hint of bleakness and pathos in their comedy that I like - but I just couldn't see what they were trying to achieve with that apart from make me cry. You don't achieve Blackadder Goes Forth immortality by just suddenly switching from comedy to tragedy in the last five minutes of your series, and if that is what they were trying to do they missed the point in such an epic and thorough-going way, I'm surprised at them.

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Date: 2010-08-26 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinjin07.livejournal.com
WHY HELLO, just a very random message to let you know that I totally love you for being the only one of the like four SH fic authors I like who actually noticed how horrible the BBC thing was :| I feel like everyone has lost their minds hahaha. I COMMEND YOUR SENSIBILITY
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