Friday, January 15, 2021

The Thick Of It: Series 4

Well that was a depressing ending.

Don't get me wrong this is a fantastic series but geez it gets serious quick and I'm just gonna say it. I hate the ending. But not in a "This is a rubbish ending to a great series.", I mean a "I am emotionally invested and I was upset at what happened to these characters.". But first we gotta rewind. Okay so we start off with an unexpected twist with Nicola heading the opposition, so Peter Mannion and his party won the election. Of course that means they're the ones absolutely failing and miserably so at that, trying to create and enforce new policies, but that obviously doesn't exclude our main cast either. After several missteps, Malcolm has cut Nicola off completely and the situation only gets worse as a inquiry takes place. Then we really kick off, up until the last two episodes it's the same old comedy cock ups and both parties trying to get a lead on the other, but all of that is swept away and it becomes a courtroom drama. Our main cast is put in the hot seat and soon Malcolm is faced with a Kobayashi Maru. It's a sobering ending but it means that our cast can put their best performances to the screen, least of all Peter who I'm very quick to say nowadays is my favorite actor and I never really had a favorite actor since I was a wee sprout. This is the best, series 3 is my favorite but it cannot be denied the final series really hits it out of the park. And you've seen the scores so far for this show, so do I give it the 10/10? Well when you consider this is the culmination of everything and is the final gesture of Armando Iannucci for this niche genre...yeah. I absolutely detest shows that start light and comedic then get deathly serious, but here it feels appropriate and done well enough to merit that. So yep, 4 stars, 10/10, we're sure starting this year right. Next week, something completely different but it charmed me so much I would love to talk about it.

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