Monday, 11 April 2011

Farewell Jim

It's funny that Jim's exit would turn out to be bigger than Liz's, with him only being around a few weeks. I have to say, it was so good seeing him and Liz rule over the Rovers, one last time, even if it was brief.

The whole robbery turned out better than I imagined, sure it was a little silly, but surely, that part of it's charm. This wasn't some dark soap storyline, it was a story about a love that could have been. Perhaps one day in the future, Jim and Liz will be reunited.

We'll miss you Jim, so we will.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

agreed im suprised ITV havent had adverts, amazing episodes, sad that jims exit will be bigger than liz's would have been better if liz's exit was next week...

seapenguin said...

Surely Jim's going to be sent down for a lo-o-ng time - armed robbery. Not his first offence either. But, who knows, maybe he'll get off on a technicality/get out early, like Tracy-luv ;p
What does this mean for Liz though - is she going to go to Spain again, or stay near the prison so she can visit him?

Chewy said...

The main points to consider are, he fully co-operated, with pretty much minimum trouble, he didn't kill or shoot anyone, he can get away with a 8 year sentence, which can be cut down to 5 years

Billy Niblick said...

Point 1: I had naively thought that pretty much an essential pre-requisite to holding-up a bank and successfully getting away with it was to disguise your face so that those pesky cctv cameras don't plaster your mug all over Crimewatch, bringing your new romantic idyll as the new landlord of the Rovers to a pretty abrupt end as you're whisked off to the Big House again in short order.

Point 2: So what was Jim planning to do - march into the back room of the Rovers with a holdall full of used bank notes and say "Hoy abite ye - here's yer money for the pub, so it is."? Questions might have been asked.

The kindest thing you could say about Jim's plan for getting the cash was that he didn't really think it through. With fecking knobs on.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that it is doing Corrie fans or makers any favours to be so kind about the programme. If charm was the intent, then why couldn't Jim fly off with Lizabeth into the sunset? The robbery wasn't a bit silly, it was ludicrously silly. It left me wondering what people are being paid to produce this awful, awful rubbish.

Anonymous said...

I missed the 20:30 episode and just caught up on ITV player. At the start I had to click through messages saying the programme was unsuitable for a pre-watershed audience. But it was broadcast pre-watershed or did I miss something?

In the 19:30 episode, the raid and Jim's struggle with the student seemed more violent than the gang smashing up the Queen Vic, which was censured by Ofcom. I will be very surprised if this episode escapes Ofcom criticism. I don't have much time for Ofcom, but if it leads to Collinson's departure, that's a result in my book.

Anonymous said...

Stories like this are going to make the soap we love a laughing stock.

Anonymous said...

Stories like this are going to make the soap we love a laughing stock.

abbyk said...

What a ridiculous evening. The only heartfelt moments were Lloyd's anger, Tina's repentance, and Roy's discomfort. Chez Gail, garbage. The Windasses, repetitious. The factory, nonsense. And yeah, the bank robbery, STUPID STUPID STUPID. Contrived, amateurish, sophomoric pap. Even Tracy grabbing our Amy had more dramatic tension.

I used to hang on Corrie's every word, watch every scene with eyes glued to the screen, and would sometimes rewind the good parts. Now I can do dishes with my back turned and not miss anything worthwhile. Sad.

Anonymous said...

It was ironic that as Jim paused after entering the bank, a CCTV camera was clearly in view on the wall behind. I have never had so much as a speeding ticket, but even I know that banks have CCTV and panic alarms. Jim was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I must have missed the episodes where he was certified brain dead.

Banks don't have safes in view of the customers. Was Jim really expecting the teller to go in the back and not mention that the bank was being raided? He asked for £120,000. I am surprised he did not add: "because that's what I need to buy The Rovers". Why not £150,000 or more realistically: all the money in the safe? The teller asked if £5s or £10s were alright. Err no. £20s - it’s quicker. I am surprised Jim did not stop to count it and hand back a bundle saying you gave me too much.

The episode ended with police marksman pointing their guns at Jim just inside the bank foyer. I thought the next episode would begin with Jim giving himself up, but no. The police are so incompetent that they let Jim walk back in and threaten the lives of 14 hostages.

Jim's brain death also made him forget his divorce and Liz's marriage to Vernon, as he kept wanting to talk to "his wife". Liz duly arrives but no-one mentions that's she's the wrong person.

The police commander at the scene, who looked about 12, is so inexperienced that he starts taking orders about what to do from Steve McDonald.

This is just terrible tripe, so it is. Poor Jim. Poor Charlie Lawson. Poor viewers.

Layman Battler said...

Programme has become a laughing stock - they were ripping it out of the episodes on the new GMTV this morning.

Collinson needs to be given the boot, and Daran Little should be offered the salary of his choice to come home.

Frosty the Snowman said...

Well Chewy it looks like you are the only person to enjoy the ridiculous scenario yesterday which I found quite embarrasing to watch. How did Jim know that Liz was standing behind the camera when he turned up toward it to speak to her? Also the armed response unit seemed to get there in record time, it was about 2 seconds flat. Obvously not the same team that took 24 hours to attend the tram crash. Very amateurish writing indeed.

Anonymous said...

Frosty the snowman is right as alwayss!!

Tvor said...

Chewy, i'm with you. Yes it was a bit silly but Jim was running on impulse and of course didn't think it through. And come on, as far as Jim's concerned, Liz was always his wife, in his heart. I suppose he addressed the cctv camera because even if she wasn't behind watching on the screens, it was recorded and she would get the message eventually, he hopes. I did want to know why the CCTV screens were in a van not in a building somewhere.

It wasn't a very good send off for Jim but it is what it is.

Tvor said...

Actually, i watched it again, and why wouldn't Jim assume that Liz was with the police and watching him on the CCTV? Seemed logical to me. The storyline that gets on my wick a lot more than this was Maria in the factory.

Kate said...

LOVED seeing Jim back and Jim and Liz behind the bar, but what a horrible ending. Everything seemed very contrived to me -- Steve & Becky "leaving", Macdonalds taking over the pub, the robbery. And I would also have to agree with Tvor the scenes with Maria in the factory are painful to watch. I used to like Maria!!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you Tvor that the Faktry story is worse. That is sexist and totally silly, whereas the robbery was just very silly.

Lala Box said...

CAN WE HAVE A BLOG ON THE STUPIDTY THAT IS THE FAKTRY OR SYLVIA PLEASE TVOR & co. tA

Beth said...

The writing and continuity were dreadful and when I was watching was wincing and watching through my fingers as at times it was so cringe worthy, which is terrible for Corrie, an institution that is loved by so many.
Anyhow, so many of your comments since are so funny and bang on right that it’s been more entertaining than the episodes – thanks for the pick me up – much needed after such dire episodes :)

Anonymous said...

I felt like I was watching a fantasy train wreck...in slow motion ...or maybe a cartoon. I eventually got tired of cartoons because I discovered mature, well-written books, TV shows, and movies. One of those I discovered some years ago on CBC TV that broadcast about a year behind the current episodes in its home oountry UK was called Coronation Street. I wonder what happened to that show? When did a smart, clever, funny show slip underneath from our chins and get replaced by this cheap, sloppy imposter show?

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