You Asked If We Wanted James to Live or Die?
Good afternoon Gents,
Just a couple of thoughts for you but I must ask this first because it seems another mystery is afoot – what happened to The Rog?! Did he get “cholera”? Was he gunned down at the OK Corral during his Tombstone trip? Or did he actually just decide to bail on Taboo?
You asked if we wanted James to live or die? When this series started, I honestly was under the impression that it was only an eight-episode miniseries, meaning it was going to end. While I am enjoying it(especially because of your analysis) and I like getting insight into this time period, I especially appreciate television that has the courage to say ‘when.’ Just for the reason they give awards for editing, less is often more. Too often, as you have discussed, good shows get diluted because of a money grab. It would seem the only fitting end(or at least the best ending) for this show would include Delaney’s death and likely many others in the process. But hey, if it’s solid, I’m sure I’ll continue watching because they have an interesting time period and terrific actors who really chew the scenery.
To that end, while I appreciate the grunt montage(gruntage?), the clips I really want to see collected and strung together are the brilliant F-bombs of Sir Stewart Strange. They are lip-smackingly exquisite executions of the finest word English has to offer. I was relieved to see him back on track after they skipped a week the previous episode. I got really worried but it appears order has been restored. This might sound strange, no pun intended, but back in the day when dictionaries were actual books, I dropped good money for a 2 volume Oxford English Dictionary set(that probably weighs about 50 lbs) simply because of it’s a complete attention to the word and its linguistic flexibility. Oh, what I would give to hear Jonathon Pryce read that entry out loud…mmm a man can dream… In the meantime, there are a couple parts of speech still available to him; here’s to hoping he gets it in before his (hopeful?) demise.
Lastly, I must say that if I were Sir Stewart Strange, I would see absolutely no reason to go into a locked cell alone with James Delaney. I guess he is stuck following the Prince Regent’s orders or risking losing the trade monopoly but still! I don’t know what James’ end game is but I would pretty much assume the worst if I was Ole Stewie. James is, for all intents and purposes, a dead man and literally has nothing to lose. Just saying,
Keep up the good work; always look forward to all of your work. And for what it’s worth, I ripped through your movie collection – well done; can’t wait for more!
(aka Your Ice Cream Man for reviews)
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