Did This Life: 10 Years On live up to hopes or do we wish they had never gone back to a near perfect thing? I haven't fully made my mind up yet. I guess I was always going to have mixed feelings about it. The balance between keeping characters true to themselves whilst being recognisable reflections of what it means to be a thirtysomething today AND interesting enough to make TV about was always going to be a tough one.
What I liked:
- I'm glad they didn't spend too long going back over the past and were more focused on their lives here and now
- The best bits all came in the first half with the verbal sparring between the different characters. I liked the career/motherhood dilema being acted out between Milly and Anna; the way the friendship between Miles and Egg had developed with a competitive/comparative edge; Warren as a lifecoach with a armour of psychological strategies and focus on other people's issues instead of his own. Yes, the 'issues' were all a little contrived and self conscious, but I can forgive that - in fact I think it's right that they were
- The whole autobiographical book and documentary plot device - the idea of throwing Claire, the film-maker in as someone from the generation below was a nice touch too
- The way as things got heated the characters sounded more and more like their younger selves
The bits I was less keen on
- Miles as super-successful hotel magnate. It was just too handy as a plot device and never felt real. It took me a while to recognise the character of Miles too - perhaps because I've believed Jack Davenport in other roles (whereas Andrew Lincoln is Egg to me no matter who he plays), perhaps Miles would be the kind of person to change his character to fit his circumstances - I don't know.
- The second half where more stuff happened. The Anna/Miles resolution was inevitable, but I felt disappointed by it
About as good as it could be I think - what about you?