Having finished off the final seasonn of The West Wing on DVD, it was time to choose our next viewing pleasure. The Street has been sat atop the TV for weeks, along with Season One of The Wire, recently joined by Season Two of Lost and a fistful of films. In the end we opted for Spooks Series 1 [known by the more politically correct title of MI5 in the US, where the term 'spooks' can mean something other than spies]. Ripped through the first series in no time at all, although the incredibly annoying DVD menu did its best to slow us down [shame on you, Contender bods], and have now started the second series.
The idea I'm developing for the mentoring project has some spy-fi elements, so I wanted to make sure there weren't too many points of similarity with Spooks. One thing stuck out of the first series - how lacking in humour it was. By comparison series two seems to be making a conscious effort to bring the funny. I did watch the show when it was first broadcast back near the start of this decade, but gave up towards the end of series 2. That was probably more to do with a scheduling clash than any rampant dislike of how the series was developing. Inertia is a big impediment in my life. If I don't watch something within a day or two of recording it, chances are I'll never watch it. The recent return of Cracker is a case in point - that's been on the DVD recorder hard drive for weeks and I haven't gotten close to watching it yet.
Still, my watching of Spooks has convinced me I need to include some humour in Alter Ego. I know most of my own writing is filled with staring into the abyss nihilism and downbeat endings, but I can bring the funny in the right circumstances. Not intentionally, sometimes, but given the first alignment of the planets a little humour can be found amidst the bone-crushing horrors. Alas, I don't think my next novel offers much opportunity for japery. Death, destruction and doom in abundance are more likely to be the order of the day. In the meantime, must get back to reworking my Megazine feature, so I can empty that section of my brain for fresh facts.