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23 October 2008 @ 09:43 pm
SDoaCG, episode eight (finale)  
Hmm, I have to think on this one more. A few thoughts ... I don't know. I did actually like the first twenty minutes of it, and thought it was a BRILLIANT introduction to Belle, the writer. I loved when she sat down and really began writing and we got the callback to the line from the beginning of the very first episode, "The first thing you should know about me is that I'm a whore."

Really, I loved all of the first twenty minutes. Going back and rewatching parts, when Hannah got the call in the beginning, the camera lingered on Alex for just a few seconds, but knowing what we know at the end (that he set it up), you can see that Alex was bracing himself for what he'd done (fabulous job by Callum Blue). I loved the interactions with Stephanie, and Bambi, and Ben. Oh, I loved every moment with Ben. Oh, I know I shouldn't ship them, I know I shouldn't because it just has NO happy ending, but I can't help that a small part of me totally, totally does!!!

I thought the dissolution of the Hannah/Alex relationship was perfectly done. And it was done in such contrast to their first break-up. This time it felt done, done done because their final talk had the feel of closure to it. I also loved another callback to that first episode when Alex said "I wanted Hannah, not Belle." I immediately thought of the second client we saw Hannah/Belle with in that first episode (Daniel) and how Hannah made a notation about never wanting to service him again because he wanted Hannah and not "Belle."

Every moment, the writing, the direction, the non-writing bit with the sex-scene with Ashok with the words across the scene, Hannah turning herself on, etc. was hilarious and fabulously done (and Billie looked gorgeous!). It was all so, so, soooooooo good, typical SDoaCG in those first twenty minutes. Every character acted completely and wholly in character and that is so key to me. I just thought the first twenty minutes were utterly gorgeous.

And then came the last two ... "the next chapter." And it just, no, it didn't work for me on an emotional level. It was too rushed, too much and for the first time ever, Billie's casting in the role didn't work because wig or shades, there is NO way you are not going to recognize Billie Piper as Billie Piper. That jawline speaks for itself. But more than that -- a superficial thing that is easily ignored in the lovely world of willing suspension of disbelief -- was the jump ahead. I was quite, quite looking forward to next series being about Belle juggling the emotional fallout of her broken heart, her escorting, and her writing. Now, well, we've skipped over all of that. Judging by the last line, delivery and smile, Belle's past the rough stages.

Ah well. It wasn't bad, by any stretch, and I'm sure that series three will continue to kick hiney and at least this way they went out of series two on a smile, and that's a good thing. I just was expecting an ending that would bring it all home, and this one missed the mark a bit. Still, as I said at the top of this, I need to ponder on this some more. A rewatch and more time may make it all work for me.

Overall though, great show. I really do adore this and I'm so glad that I'm watching.

Now, some pretty Billie ...

















And that's it for series two.

ETA: I realized what would have made it work for me perfectly. I think it should have ended when Belle typed/voice-overed "The first thing you should know about me is that I'm a whore." And then end there on that blinking period on the computer screen. It would have wrapped up the emotional arc of this season (tying into the Alex-whore convo from the bed scene last week), and opening the chapter for the next series with the writing aspect of Belle.

Ah well. It's still a great show, but, yeah, THAT would have been a perfect ending for me. Again, ah well.
 
 
 
Jenny: Billie: Bellefiery_twilight on October 24th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree with everything you said. The episode as a whole was fab, but the last few minutes were just...odd.

That ending would have been so awesome!! I think that if they were do to a third series, following Hannah through the writing process would have been an excellent plot. But...we're probably not going to get that. Oh well. *sigh* I just hope they make a third series! If not, then that'd be okay too, but Billie's so great in this series, I would love to see her do some more! Then again, I kind of hope she works on some other projects, too. Basically, I want to see more of Billie's fantastic acting! :P
Arabian: Billie Piper_05arabian on October 24th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree with everything you said. The episode as a whole was fab, but the last few minutes were just...odd.

Odd, that's the perfect word choice.

That ending would have been so awesome!!

Yeah, as soon as I thought it, I just knew. THAT would have been perfect. Again, ah well.

I just hope they make a third series!

They've already picked up a third series; they start filming in January.

Basically, I want to see more of Billie's fantastic acting! :P

Me too. I just want to continue to watch and enjoy her for many years to come. She's fabulous.
Marina: bellejavabreeze on October 24th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Yes! I disliked "The Next Chapter" as well. It felt and looked off. If they didn't include it, it would have been a satisfying ending. I'm a bit iffy about Billie doing another series. I kind of want her to do something else now.
Arabian: Billie Piper_03arabian on October 24th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
As far as I know, they've already signed for series three with filming beginning in January, or did I completely make that up in my mind?

Yes! I disliked "The Next Chapter" as well. It felt and looked off. If they didn't include it, it would have been a satisfying ending.

Hmm, so I really wasn't the only one who felt that way.

I kind of want her to do something else now.

I wouldn't mind a third series, but I'd love to see her do something else in addition. (Although, with the new baby, I doubt that will happen.)
Marinajavabreeze on October 24th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
I did hear before filming of series 2 began Billie had signed on but then she gave a radio interview last month and said she wasn't sure if she was going to do a third series. *shrugs* But I wouldn't be surprised if the third series is probably going to be her last. I mean, how far can you actually take the show? They've already explored a lot of avenues with Belle/Hannah.
Arabian: Billie Piper_01arabian on October 24th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, everything I've heard said a third series, but then hey, Billie was supposedly signed for THREE series with DW, and she was only in two and then a handful of episodes, so who knows?

If they don't do a third series, I'll be bummed just because I love it, but they did end it in a way that if this is it, it works. And if they do, I agree, they really can't go much beyond what they've done.
bubbles234bubbles234 on October 24th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not gonna comment on the episode as I haven't had a chance to watch it yet as I don't have a tele and have to wait for it to appear online.

However, how anyone can say Billie isn't gorgeous is beyond me.
Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on October 25th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I actually can understand people not seeing it because she has SUCH striking features. It takes watching her and seeing her in action to really get the breadth of her gorgeousness. Based on just pictures, my sister doesn't see it. I'm pretty sure she will after watching all two series of SDoaCG (which she's already said she will!!!)