The (un) Happiness Patrol
Good God. What the hell was that? Okay I can understand the production team wanting to tell morality plays and social commentaries but can't they do so with some modicum of talent, set, good dialog, serious make up, location work, and good acting? Almost everyone, except for the Doc and Ace, are way over the top and/or not really explained or introduced or whatever. It's almost as if things are just thrown at us with explanations later...many of them over the top and on top of that the story is just...WRONG.
Something feels wrong. Okay the Doc and Ace step in, render judgement and are going to bring down the house, the madness of a ruling woman who kills unhappy people. It's another rebel story but...it's poor.
There's nothing really that wrong with the script but maybe how it's played. Ace gets captured no less than three times! There's unrest to be sure. The jail is interesting. The streets don't feel like they are outside but maybe they're not? Maybe this is all encased in a dome? On top of that, happiness doesn't sound that bad compared to being down in the dumps.
On first viewing, I had no idea that this was about gay rights. I wish someone would have said something. I might have got that. Trouble is: DW can go anywhere in time and space and can tell any type of stories...and we get this. I mean if they were brave enough they could have gone back to the gay riot in the late 60s in NY or the assassination of Harvey Milk but I guess they could not afford it.
Then we get the Kandy Man: what a mis-step in judgement. I guess if you squint, he could be threatening and dangerous. ANd that cliffhanger is just awful. Not at all giving any sense of danger or thrills. I guess I was amazed at the poorness of the Kandy Man design and the poor sets and the poor assassination sequence of a man drowned in a tube and then the tube opens and we see him fall out, along with red liquid.
I don't know really what this is but I...you mean I have to watch three more like this?