Wednesday, 7 August 2013

A crashing bore on the cobbles?

I think it's happened. I've reached that stage in my life where every thought has to be preceded with the phrase "Well, back in my day . . . " followed by some utterly dull reminiscence about how wonderful it all was way back when. Sadly this was my official mind set for Monday evening's dalliance with death, as the Brothers Grim trundled towards oblivion on a Manchester back street.

Of course, it was always so much better back in the day. Who of us failed to be riveted as Renee Roberts, resplendent in a nasty twin set, met her maker courtesy of a runaway truck?

How many of us joined in with Alma Baldwin's anguished "noooooooooooooo" as Don Brennan took her on a special fishing trip?

This week we found ourselves in the company of grimacing Nick and a sniffling David as they faced up to the indiscretions of Christmas past. Well, this was certainly one gift that kept on giving. We've endured over half a year of furtive conversations and family cover-ups.

Again, back in the day, the car crash was a plot device used sparingly. Renee's death was a shocker as was poor old Judy Mallet's delayed reaction to her ride in a dodgy motor. Nowadays, characters dice with death on a weekly basis, get trundled around that tiny hospital, endure the usual gallery of worried relatives gathered around the bed and then go back to work the following week. The NHS in Weathefield should be commended.

Credit where credit's due though. The actual crash stunt itself was a good one, with the other vehicle ploughing into the Bistro Mystery Machine with gusto.

Do we care if Nick and David survive? Not really to be honest. Anyway, we know they do anyway and the only real pay-off from this saga is the prospect of Nasty Nick striding across t'cobbles. Vengeance will be his and if that means changing the bar snacks then so be it.

Weatherfield - you have been warned!


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21 comments:

Billy Niblick said...

Nail on the head, son. Nail right on the head.

Anonymous said...

I am more interested in the Rob and Peter storyline that seems to be going around in circles.

Jack Shepherd's acting has been good though.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Spot on. These stories were much more entertaining in the old days because 1. they didn't happen very often and 2. they weren't splashed all over the soap mags eg 'Nick dies!', 'Karl kills again!' The more jaded the viewers become the more ridiculous the stories get.

Anonymous said...

I agree if only the writers read these blogs

kaos said...

Well said!

Also, hospital scenes are so boring, I always fast forward through them (as well as any with Gary Windass in).

Anonymous said...

Well, seems to me that the UK is doing what the American soaps have been doing for years - dragging a story on and on and on and on ad nauseam

Anonymous said...

In all fairness, there have been over 8,000 shows now. There are bound to be repeat events. And like any addiction, a tolerance happens as the "body" becomes used to the "drug", so it takes more to achieve the same effect. Do any viewers want to quit "cold turkey", which would eliminate the bored, jaded attitude, but at quite a cost?! Personally, I try not to read all the junk available, which helps to keep the "over-the -top" aspect to an acceptable level.

David said...

It must be all of three weeks since the last character was at death's door. Miracle workers them Weatherfield Doctors!

Anonymous, have to disagree. Crashes/accidents in the past were rare, and were stories in of themselves instead of plot twists as this week's crash was.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that in the past events were character driven not the opposite.

Anonymous said...

The whole thing was pretty ridiculous - going to a fake wine tasting in a van never seen before, then parked on a pavement for hours. Nick's "grimacing" was really irritating and after 2 episodes of that, I was sorry the character didn't die.

Anonymous said...

There was no drama, no tension, all in all no interest either. The story has just dragged on and on, but the most dreadfully boring and hair tearing out storyline at the moment is the truly abysmal Rob & Peter arguing. Purlease, no one is intetested, it just makes Corrie sound like Edon't nd**s.

The only realistic thing about the crash was that it ended up bursting two of David's spots.

And don't forget the next likely highlight of the hospital scenes - StElla will turn up, talk to Nick when his buttons all start to beep, then her bedside manner will cure him immediately.
AmandaB

Flaming Nora said...

Very well said, David. Couldn't agree more.

Billy Niblick said...

And did I read correctly somewhere that Nick's head injuries will alter his personality and turn the recovered Nick into a sort of evil, vengeful cross between Jez Quigley and Richard Hillman?

Oh, do come on.

Mind you, given the instant remorse and contrition shown by David as a result of the accident, I suppose anything's possible.

Dave Parsons said...

any scenes with Gail in I fast forward. Why didnt Kylie just let the staff run the restaurant or let Lloyd and Mandy who are heading for a break up just take their food home to eat. Why al the dramatics.

Anonymous said...

David Platt is such an interesting if not disturbed character. I've always enjoyed watching him, ever since he was a small boy. Jack Shepperd (probably spelled that wrong} does a great job in the role. I found the crash scene very believable (done and done before I know) with David in such misery after he realizes that he might lose his brother. Only good things ahead for the Platt's (not).

ChiaGwen said...

Very well acted by Jack Sheppard! However, what's up with Gail - when the doc came in to speak with Leanne and said Nick could die - no hysterics or wailing. She showed more emotion washing the Bistro floor.

Tvor said...

So Nick's head injury is going to give him a bad temper and nasty persona? Didn't they do that with Alf Roberts back when he was hit in the head after the lorry crashed into the Rovers?

Anonymous said...

How do you come up with an original idea anyway? Every event in the book has been used, so its hard to make something because the viewers will still complain and bring up some event that happened a long time ago to use against the current situation.

And if it was normal happy everyday life, people would complain the show is boring. And its true and you all know it.

Anonymous said...

Some of us haven't been with the show since the beginning and so, some of the storylines are new to us.

David said...

Anonymous - "And if it was normal happy everyday life, people would complain the show is boring. And its true and you all know it." That strawman ain't gonna work here!

Anonymous said...

I found it odd that with Audrey, Gail and Kylie all sat around David's hospital bed, not one of them got up to offer a bit of comfort or support to Leanne, who just heard that her husband might die.

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