I can’t believe that the writers have written him out like this.
‘Not like this!’ cried the fandom (well, one fan, Jacob Rees Mogg), as the show convuluted too many plotlines at once.
This recent season of the series has reached a stunning series finale, with everyone literally killing everyone. I’m trying to work out which main cast members are still in for next series. Today, the B-plot left us on the jolly cliffhanger that’s going to lead into a shock second Netflix Exclusive; Labour is the New Black series 2! More on that later.
What a finale. This whole season, which was originally heavily themed around the EU thing has turned out to be one massive effort to convince David Cameron to leave the series. Well, I don’t know quite how they’ve done it, but they’ve convinced him to leave.
It started back when the series began with the Negotiation Tour story arc, where I’ve got to say, it was all a bit slow. Most of the Blue-Coat characters and Scottish Improv troupe that replaced most of the killed of Red Team and Orange-Book Squads from last year weren’t quite landing. The new Red Team weren’t as happy, but watching them squabble was never quite as much fun as the internal squabbling we were set to see later on. So Cameron and his buddies went on Tour, negotiating the heck of things, but came home a bit empty handed, except for the plan to makeit so people couldn’t come to here, make it home, and be empty handed. A poor man’s Inbetweeners Movie really. Not even a funny montage to watch of him trying it on with all the leaders. Just some oddly dull concessions. So, unsurprisingly, Cameron declared that Civil War would be permitted until June 23rd, and thus began the Referendum story arc.
Anyone else remember how there were way too many story arcs in West Wing Season 4? It felt a bit like that, but without the tight-knit lovable characters. Gove decided to leave, and so did Boris! They apparently were better mates than Dave and Boris were. They weren’t ready to join the crabby UKIPers, but keen to be seperate. Cameron offered the accords to the parliament gang, showing them that they could be regulated and still be super heroes saving the world by slowing immigration numbers apparently; because that’s the lifelong dream; its what you get into politics for, to take people’s rights away. Its what keeps me up at night. But no, soon, it was anyone’s guess if any politician was for the new EU or just rampaging to GET OUR SOVERIGNTY BACK. Whatever sovereignty is.
More people than ever volunteered to write into the show. Fan unfavourite Kuennsbergg was everywhere. Posters went up, Ian Duncan Smith nearly got run over by a bus that he couldn’t see, and all sorts of comical tributes including the famous Alan Partridge tribute happened.
Finally, it happened. Had Cameron scared enough people into keeping things the same? Well, the writers had had enough of putting up with such a dull actor. Him and his whole crew. They listened to the clown they let play Nigel a bit and thought the best way to convince him to leave the series from his contract early, knowing he wouldn’t get work anywhere else, was to force him to do improv. The writers shockingly decided to further the Brexit story arc, something that they knew would traumatize Cameron to go through with. So, he improvised a resignation scene, and decided to force the writers to have a proper Tory Civil War, not a fake one as the final story arc of the series.
And yet, they couldn’t bring themselves to it. The writers wanted a way out of the corner. They wanted less rights for their crew and more time from them. The show went into overdrive, trying to combine the Tory Civil War story arc with Labour’s own self-confidence issues and even squeezed in more conflict from the Tim Sharon character and even Queen Sturgeon gained new powers as her dragons finally hatched.
The writers knew they couldn’t do a whole sub series about the Tory leadership. They were already trying to get full mileage on a second series of Labour is the New Black, which was being slowed into as they weren’t decisive on who would lead the Tory Civil War story. So one by one, they killed them all off. First, they write a highly unconvincing episode where Gove used his beak to stab Boris and then tripped on his own feathers. Mother Theresa vs ‘A Mother’ seemed a worthwhile Trial by Combat finale, until the health and safety issues of discussing motherhood in 21st century teleivision got to the writers. So Lead and Som resigned, admitting they hadn’t captured the audience in their guest roles. Too much focus on the wrong things.
Meanwhile, David prepared for his big finale song, but realised that like Colin Baker, he wasn’t going to even get to be Prime Character between series as his future was in so much doubt. Apparently, a huge finale number was being planned, but instead, he went all avant-garde, giving us a little ‘doo-dooo-dooo-doo’.
Probably the most entertaining iteration of the series since 2010’s Down-With-Brown stories. But where do they take it from here? Age of Austerity hasn’t really got legs to keep on, and Georgie-Birdey is unlikely to continue as a main character. Admittedly, we’ve got another Netflix series about Labour for the summer, but can a Sontaran Prime Character really work? Much like Joffrey, the disasterous ending of David Cameron’s character will prevent a proper analysis of his destruction. However, that has been the joy; watching last year’s most powerful and surprisingly convincing villain undergo such a poor downfall; asking people what they thought on a yes or no basis. What a way to get rejected; by 17,000,000 at once.
With so many main characters killed off now, it will be surprising to see what kind of lineup we have next year. Maybe the writers need to now focus on what kind show they want to write rather than going for any old exciting arc. Turns out the consequences will be pretty bloody big.