(Series 8, Ep.10) Half term, and what have we learned? I’ve learned that I don’t find the new Scottish Waterloo Road half as much fun as the old Rochdale version. The characters I liked who made the move have been gradually shipped out (Josh, Tariq, Janeece) or have been fairly invisible (Tom). There’s only good old Grantly left, and since he was part of the most ludicrous “wedding” I’ve ever seen on TV, I don’t like Grantly as much as I used to.
This is why I haven’t been blogging much about Waterloo Road this series, because if I can’t say something nice, I’d rather not say anything at all. I only enjoy writing about programmes I enjoy.
One character I thought I was going to enjoy was the moody Connor. Moody is good, as far as I’m concerned, and he had those pale interesting eyes and arson habit. What’s not to like? Unfortunately he also had his boring mum, Jane Beale from EastEnders, and her alcohol problem. The main problem with Jane Beale wasn’t the alcohol, it was that she was a relentlessly nasty person. There were no different dimensions to her character at all, which obviously made life hard for Connor, but it made me care less about the whole predicament.
He had a little chance at happiness this week when the entire school shipped off to home, Barbados or Rochdale, leaving the boarding house (what a rubbish idea that was, and let’s hope it gets quietly dropped now most of the Rochdale contingent are working in call centres across the country) as a tempting love nest for him and Emo Imogen. Until Jane Beale rocked up to ruin it all and Connor set fire to a classroom and Emo Imogen was caught in the ensuing explosion.
The other big drama was Michael Byrne helping his father to die. I have to admit I have no idea whether touching last words were spoken, because I had to turn the volume down on the TV every time Mr Byrne Senior was on, because the coughing was making me feel queasy. Assisting a suicide is, of course, illegal (the moral issues were presented to us via the medium of Sian Diamond and Lorraine Donnegan having a little debate about it) and when we last spotted Michael he was in a particularly grim-looking police cell. I’m afraid I really couldn’t care less what happens to him. He’s not a patch on Jack Rimmer or Karen Fisher (or even Rachel Mason) so I wouldn’t miss him if he was banged up and they lost the key.
Ooh, I’m sounding way too negative. Was there anything I liked about this series? Yes there was. The scenery. The way the Clyde appears to be sparkling in the sunlight in the background of any shot as soon as anyone sets foot out of the school gates is quite charming.
School report for this half term: Can do better. Much better.
Posted by PLA (More Waterloo Road here)