crisis_control: ... It feels like it will never end. Cardio. (Default)
I keep wanting to write intelligent, insightful and intriguing things here.

Then, fandom happens. And I explode into gleeful little bits.

Every time I think that maybe I'm a little bit over my Tenth Doctor obsession (you know, the stage where your relationship settles down into something more steady and long term, and you start realising that other people exist in the universe?) and then I go back and watch one of the old episodes, and I realise nope, nope nopenoepnoepnepnpoe. Ten just rips my little heart into shreds all the time in a way no other Doctor manages to do.

Life's bottomed out. Had a bit of a bad patch between the last update and this one, because I was waiting on news that had the potential to be outstandingly good and just plain bad, and it ended up being dragged out for a week longer than it had to be before it was announced. Of course, nothing to write home about, but I think I've finally, finally hit the bottom, which means that I'm finally bouncing back up. It's curiously liberating - when everything in your life goes wrong, you realise that you can now do anything you want. I'm no longer obligated to anyone or anything, I really could just retire my horse and then quit my job, and raze everything to the ground and walk. Sure, some loose ends here and there, but it's so much easier when you don't care any more.

So I watched TEA for David Tennant, stayed for the story and the amazing ride, and by some ironic twist, was left only watching it for David Tennant by the end of Part 3.

In my book, ep 3 completely blew it for me. It's like somewhere after ep 1, the team couldn't decide if they wanted to do a show about grey morals (the everyone-deserves-a-defence line), a courtroom drama, a scary serial-killer thriller, or a story about the characters - and I can't help but feel that that indecisiveness caused it to fail on all fronts. It's tragic because I still think they could have had it all, and somehow managed to achieve absolutely nothing.

Sure, there were some thriller-ish bits, but those died out by the middle of the episode and were, in the end, anti-climatic. There was some courtroom drama, which was less drama and more passionate rhetoric. No legal technicalities there, just plain, boring lack of evidence, and even that wasn't explored fully. And the lack of evidence turned into an unexpected who-dun-it type mystery, which was thrown on us so fast and without warning that it didn't have enough build before the big reveal to amount to anything, really.

As for exploring themes of justice and access to justice? Apparently the answer is "Go vigilante, the legal system will fail you." Which is fine except that the show built its premise around "everyone deserves a defence", not "the legal system is flawed". Which means that the original question was not only not answered, it was thrown out of the window when Will represented himself in court. Gee.

Which leads us to character growth, of which there was none. Zip. Nada. We don't even see whether Will returns to practice, whether he makes up his mind on whether to remain as a defence barrister. We don't see anything of the fall out of him losing his moral compass. We don't see anything of Maggie. Which again is just disappointing, because they spent so long getting us liking and invested in these characters only to see them throw it all away at the end.

I'll watch TEA 1 as many times as you please, I might even poke at TEA 2, but like the rest of the fans, I think I might only re-watch TEA 3 for Tennant's tight jeans (which I honestly didn't even notice in the first watch, so ... probably not.)

I might stay for the AUs, though. Maybe someone brilliant can fix it in fanfic.


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