Stan Lee’s Lucky Man Season Finale

Lucky Man

Lucky Man has been delivering a high standard of contemporary crime drama with a supernatural twist all season…until the finale. I think I was watching a first edit or an uncut draft. Or maybe I missed a section. All season it has been gripping drama. I think I tuned out for a while in the episode because I ended up finding myself folding laundry and finding that much more interesting.

There was no revelation (unless you call the boring reason behind Golding’s name, me, I didn’t care), there was little tension, there was no insight to any of the interesting plotlines that have been running for the previous nine episodes, there were no new developments, no character advancement, no big confrontations, no cliffhangers. I couldn’t give you any spoilers if I wanted to.

The highlights of the episode were Harry jumping from a roof and winning the jackpot on a fruit machine. Yes, that would be the headline: Harry wins Fruit Machine Jackpot.

Instead, one of the bad guys lures Harry to a hotel to try and surprise him with a silenced gun. Given the whole, ‘Harry wears the lucky bracelet’ and the intricate framing of Harry and his brother for murder, it just seemed stupid. Probably more St Pancras hotel product placement than actual plot. Maybe they sent the writers home after episode nine and just told the actors to wing it.

I ended up feeling bad for Golding. All that intricate manipulation to be left with no clue what he was doing. Instead, he looks like a complete idiot standing by a pool with no idea how to get Harry to kill himself. It made it relatively fitting that he runs off into the shrubbery at the end of the episode. Hang your head in shame Golding. I suppose there is always season two.

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What’s Next Mr Bond?

Memories of the Spectre film linger into afternoon matinees and Amazon pre-orders as we consider what is happening with the James Bond franchise.

First to Daniel Craig. The ‘will he, won’t he’ of returning for another film will largely depend on Craig. He has been in the role for 10 years and he has said he would rather “slash my wrists” than return. The man has to decide whether he wants to bow out on a high note or head into the Never Say Never Again/A View to a Kill/Die Another Day region that saw veteran Bond actors looking less than capable in the role of the assassin secret agent. Craig has claimed that he is not motivated by money, but when he earned 16 million for Spectre, it might be hard to say no to next pay rise.

Aside Craig returning debates, which ultimately will rest upon Craig, is who could take his place. Alongside the usual actor debate (I already hear Tom Hardy’s name, but I don’t think so) is the addition of whether we should have a black James Bond or a gay James Bond.

We’ve had the young James Bond (Alex Ryder, Kingsmen, Cody Banks), the spoof James Bond (Johnny English, Austin Powers, Get Smart, Spy, I-Spy, The Spy Next Door), the American James Bond (Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, The Man from UNCLE, Xander Cage (xXx)), married couple James Bond (Mr and Mrs Smith, True Lies, Knight and Day, Duplicity), the family James Bond (Spy Kids), the female James Bond (La Femme Nikita/Nikita, Salt, Charlie’s Angels, Black Widow), the black James Bond (Darrius Stone (xXx), Agent J, Enemy of the State, Undercover Brother, Traitor (Don Cheadle)), old James Bond (RED and RED 2). We have even had female porn star James Bond. Probably more than one. You can look that up for yourself.

Given this broad collage of James Bond characters, I don’t see any reason why it is necessary or even financially viable to mess with the basic format of the character. But that has always been a problem with James Bond, the character is little more than a stereotype and the films a shade above a formula, but then isn’t that why we like them?

The final issue for James Bond’s future is studio negotiations. MGM have finished their contract and now it is time to start again or find a new studio. The details of the situation don’t exactly make for a great narrative although the dealings are probably more complex than any spy story we might encounter. What is interesting is the state of Spectre as a final Craig film.

Spectre certainly offers a rounding off of Bond’s character. He has settled elements of his, secured a long term girlfriend and proved he isn’t just a killing machine. It’s time did happy ever after. Except it can’t be if we want another film. So, either Bobs’s gifriend vets it and he goes off revenge style or they start a double team. The first looks more likely. That is of course if the producers do t go with another a tie which could mean reboot time.