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"To the Ends of the Earth" - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
October 23rd, 2006
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"To the Ends of the Earth"
Yay! Nautical mini-series ahoy! PBS has graced us with a 3-part series based on a trilogy by William Golding. And, an added bonus: a Scottish actor I've come to admire from his appearance as the son of the main character in "On A Clear Day" - Jamie Sives. YAY!!! He plays one of the few admirable characters on board this ship of fools, Lieutenant Sommers.

Lieutenant Sommers, who rose from the ranks, is a bit like Lieutenant Pullings, with a greater somberness due to having to deal with a captain and a ship who are not up to par. Interestingly enough, the main character, a young member of the aristocracy who learns a great deal about himself, and others, looks rather a lot like Pullings, while Sommers has more of the look of an athlete, but with big soft eyes in his strong face. His accent is minimized here (sadly). To be honest, I kept thinking he might be Sean Connery's son. I think I've seen Sean Connery's son in another movie Billy Boyd was in, "Urban Ghost Story"; I'll have to check out a photo. [ETA: actually, he looks more like Adrian Paul - *G*]

Some bits that ring true based on my experience with O'Brien: the holiness of the quarterdeck, the celebration of the passage of the line, the constant drinking together, the incredible desirability of an unattached woman on board and the lack of places to enjoy privacy. On the other hand, the filthy state of the ship is disgusting and would never be tolerated, the dining of the gunroom with the passengers seems odd, the captain's "garden" is beyond odd, and there seems to be all too much headroom under the deck. And I don't think I can count the number of open flames (candles) I've seen below deck!!! Where are the lanterns? BTW, I just may have missed more of the beginning than I realized. The review I read of this talked about the constant seasickness, and how it made quite an impression on the reviewer, but I haven't seen anything about it.

Whoa... this "courtroom" scene for the inquest is... well, let's just say that the "buggery" bit was... unexpected. WTF is going on? This is the whitewash, apparently. Poor parson. I'm still wondering exactly what happened during the "ceremony". It's a bit confusing; perhaps I should read the book.

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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 23rd, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
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Oooo - do! *G* I'm still looking for some good Jamie Sives pics. Do you remember his character from "On a Clear Day"? The son?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 25th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
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I know... :(! Such great books, though. I just finished reading them a second time and I want to start again!
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:October 23rd, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
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Damn, I've seen this one around in the shops but I've never bought it (on the idiotic basis that I didn't like the cover). I probably should now that half my flist is talking about it.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 23rd, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Look for the mini-series; I think it was from 2005 (since we usually don't get them at the same time they premiere in Britain). It might be showing on some channel, or may be available to rent. I like it, mostly because it's nautical, but I also dislike it, because it puts down the Royal Navy! NOoooooo! But I'm enjoying seeing Jamie Sives in it, as well as the actor playing the main character.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:October 23rd, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I've seen it for sale in plenty of places.

NOOOO! Don't put down the service! It makes me so very low. :(
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 23rd, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
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"It makes me so very low. :("

*L*!!! Oh, Jack - *G*. ((((((hugs you and Jack... and Stephen, just for good measure!))))))

Let's just put it this way: at some point, somebody says "This is not a happy ship"; in other words, it ain't no Surprise!
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:October 23rd, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
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:( Pity.

Every ship should be the Surprise. *uses appropriate icon*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 23rd, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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*G*
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From:gayalithiel
Date:October 23rd, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
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Has this been on already? Can I catch it on tv? Or is it out on DVD or something? I'd like to see it.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 23rd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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The first of 3 episodes was on last night on PBS, as part of "Masterpiece Theatre". I think they always repeat it sometime during the week, so look it up on your Yahoo TV guide, and you should be able to find it!
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