Okay, this will sound very silly, so I warn y'all ahead of time.

Last night, I felt truly happy for a while. And it wasn't because of people I care for, or an exciting event, or anything like that. It was because the Bill was actually good.

Okay, for that to make sense, I think I need to fill you in on the background.

I've been watching The Bill since the very beginning. I was a very tiny kiddie back then, but it was one of my father's favourite shows, and I'd sit in the lounge room with him every week to watch it. When I recently bought some s1 videos, I was surprised at how much I could remember of the episodes, given my age when I initially watched them.

In my opinion, the best periods for The Bill were the first couple of seasons, and then the period when CID rocked and was filled with such fantastic characters as Rod Skase, John Boulton, Tom Proctor, Tosh Lines, Jaaaack Meadows, Chris Deakin etc etc etc. Of course, if you know anything about the Bill, you'll know that the only one of those characters who's still there is Jaaaack. And his hair's gone now, so I'm not sure if he is able to be as Jaaaack-y.

And with the loss of those characters, which began to happen *before* the actual departure of John Boulton, when the writers decided that he was actually a Big Pussy, rather than Well Hard, so began the downfall of The Bill.

The plot lines became trite and relationship based. We were subjected to The Dave And Polly Melodrama and the changing of Tony into a completely unrecognisable prick. Most of the best characters left, and were replaced with people like Debbie bloody McAllister. Sure, a couple of changes were Of The Good. Chandler is far more interesting than Brownlow ever was. Paul Riley is cute and laconic. Kate Spears is gorgeous. But the story lines faltered and failed.

And, for the first time in my life, I contemplated Not Watching.

Last night's episode in Australia was the concluding part in the Britanniamania arc. The first of the four episodes didn't grab me particularly, mostly because it was concerned with setting up the premise and the undercover roles. But then bang - bang - bang - three absolutely BRILLIANT episodes that left my heart pounding and my mind spinning.

Britanniamania was dark. It was powerful. At times it was a little scary; at times it was hilarious. We delved into characters, not through The Bloody Obvious, but rather through their actions. And it was good. I watched and I absorbed and I cried a little in the end and I Loved The Bill All Over Again.

And that means a lot to me. It's only a television show, but it's also a constant I've always had in my life, right back from when I was only... what?... four?

And if it's good, then it makes me bloody happy. Because I feel like a part of me is whole again.


Congratulations Sth Korea, BTW. Fantastic game last night, and you should have seen me trying to barrack at a volume that wouldn't wake H. Not sure whether I succeeded when they kicked the golden goal ^_^

June 2017

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