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Listened to the finale of Cabin Pressure

Today I finally remembered that the last episode of Cabin Pressure had been released-- over two months ago, as a matter of fact --and I hadn't listened to it. Tonight I finally did, and I am reasonably satisfied. To be honest, it didn't WOW me, as it rested on some plot stuff that I personally didn't think measured up to its usual level of construction, but was serviceable enough. And it definitely had the characters grow in the right direction for the finale, which is what really matters. So overall, I'd say a pretty worthy ending.

I wish more people I knew listened to it, for several reasons. polaris_xx introduced me to it a few years back. I highly recommend the series, for people who like podcasts and audio dramas particularly, but also just anyone who likes British comedy. It's very funny, the characters have enough depth and meaning of relationship to make you invest, and the writing is clever in the extreme. I have a fondness for stories where the plots are CLEVER, and some of them are so cunningly put together it's awe-inspiring. Also I need a little character and emotional depth even in my comedies, and I think they strike the right balance.

Notably, it also features Benedict Cumberbatch, having started with it before he became super-famous, and it's the reason that I still have a real fondness for him despite being sick of his oversaturation and disliking some of the roles he gets now. The character he plays is so completely unglamorous that it doesn't come off as self-flattering, he is genuinely funny, and you can see that he can really ACT when he's not being overshadowed by his own hype.

It's written in the style where even when they're delving into the characters' emotions and personal lives, they always seem a bit closed off, like they're not really telling the whole story. I think it's a British thing, as they're not as emotionally open a culture. But it establishes a LOT of depth with just a few inward glimpses, which impresses me, and I like when such things are done with a subtle hand. Plus it allows the audience's imagination to fill in the blanks, and God knows how fandom enjoys that.

My big reason for wishing more people liked it, however, is because I want more people to appreciate what a good job I did with my fan fic. I really think I not only wrote a good piece in it, I actually think I nailed the author's style. The characters sound like themselves, it's genuinely funny, and I think it fits seamlessly into the continuity. No mean feat, making a truly funny comedy in imitation of another writer! I thought it might be too long, but I read on John Finnemore's blog that he shoots for scripts of about 5,600 words, and mine's only a little over 5,700. Neat! Hell, the last episode didn't even knock it out of canon like I feared! Honestly, though the ending's a bit weak in my push to finish it, and I'll be the first to admit it's not closely edited, I actually think my script is funnier than the actual finale was. ;-)


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Mar. 17th, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Hadn't heard of it before. Suits me to a T. Thanks!
Mar. 19th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
Cool, let me know what you think of it! :-)
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My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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