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Braving "Single Father"

I'm fighting persistent gloom, due (I think) to the season change.  Tell me, would "Single Father" distract me, or shatter me? 

(My flist has been so good about avoiding spoilers and cutting their reactions that all I really know is that they're continuing to watch.)  


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Oct. 19th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Here's my spoiler-free review of the depression-factor:

It depends on what upsets you. It's not overly-sentimental but it does involve (quite graphically portrayed) death. The reactions of the loved-ones are very raw. But, no one is an angel or an innocent martyr in this show. Not the person who dies, not the people who grieve her. I'm feeling like perhaps the BBC did it a disservice by sort of presenting it like it's some sort of "moving on, learning to love again" romance, because it really, really isn't. At least not so far. It's a story of some pretty poor decision-making brought on by emotional turmoil, but a love story it is not.

Did that help?

ETA: But let it be known that DT is ethereally beautiful throughout. Like, to a distracting, weirdly upsetting degree. If nothing else, watch a few minutes of it on mute! Words can't adequately describe how gorgeous he is in this.

Edited at 2010-10-19 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how to put this next question. The best I can do is: what seems to be the series's tone of voice? Is it pessimistic?
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm... neutral? That's not very helpful, is it? It's neither, "Everything withers and dies and comes to naught, so why bother" nihilism, nor is it cheery "Everything happens for a reason, our loved-ones smile down upon us from heaven" platitudes. It's just... life. Bad things happen to good people, everyone makes mistakes and sometimes people get hurt because of them, grieving is natural but it's also painful and prolonged.

I'm actually making this thing out to be some sort of work of literary/televisual genius and it definitely has its flaws and sometimes takes what I'm perceiving as the easy way out, narratively speaking. But I am appreciating that what it's going for is a sort of realism and true-to-life-ness.
Oct. 21st, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Hmm. It does sound good, and goodness knows, a dose of Tennant can do a lot for a day. But until I get these blues under control or get a better idea what I'm facing, maybe I should just hold off.

Thanks for such thoughtful replies! I really appreciate it.
Oct. 20th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
I've only managed to see episode 1 so far and because I've been very grumpy lately, I've decided to hold off watching the rest. My suggestion, if you are dealing with any sort of depression or S.A.D. condition, you might want to pass on this. However, if you are in need of a weepy 'chick flick', then this is perfect.
Oct. 21st, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks. I appreciate it!
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