Wednesday 15 April 2020

Covid-19 Diaries - Lockdown Day 32 - What episode are you in?

But Mum, I've been spooning sand for 32 days...
You sure I should keep going?

I feel like I'm in one of those 'filler' episodes. You know the ones when the pace slows down and nothing much seems to happen. The sort written by exhausted script writers who finish up their plotting session with a half-hearted 'whatever, that'll do.'

We watched one last night. It was episode 5 of season 3 of Westworld. It's the only show we're following and released once a week so we can't even binge watch it which, in these circumstances, is probably for the best.

One of the characters is given a pill called 'genre' and spends the whole episode looking around him in slow-mo, thinking, what's going on?  

Nothing, that's what. 

There was clever lighting and lots of music, but no progression of the story. 

What we needed was an old or new character appearing to inject some excitement. A change of pace. Some fresh and engaging scenery. SOME PARK SWINGS. A sheep to feed. The seaside. A walk around the bloody block.

Oh, pause it a second... 

I just received a message from a mother of 2 under two's. She reports that her 'Easter Present Campaign' had been a surprising success. It had involved all the neighbours in her apartment block coming up with homemade gifts for each other and leaving them on each other's doorstep. 

Her little toddler had been thrilled to receive a drawing from another toddler. A couple of teenagers had also joined in, unearthing some of their old favourite children's books for her. All her neighbours had also encouraged her to leave the flat and spend some time in the communal area with her kids in the fresh air, something not previously condoned. 

After reading her positive message I realise I'm not STUCK in episode 5, after all. 

This dull feeling will pass. Tomorrow episode 6 will begin and though the new characters may be a woodlice and a spider rather than a human friend, and the change of scenery might be a tent in the living room decorated with scarf; there's no reason it can't be a good episode. 

In fact, I'm going to make sure it's a good one.

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