Review: Rose

Last Alteration: Monday 19 September 2005

Episode One: Rose by Russell T Davies

Well, my initial reaction was very positive (despite Jim being right about the incidental music which I thought was very late 1980s). I enjoyed the 45 minutes immensely and found that most of it had me grinning madly throughout.

However, it only really works as an introduction to the characters as it contains virtually no plot at all. What plot there is seems to be full of holes. It doesn't stand up to repeated viewings (as I've found to my cost!) but then maybe it isn't meant to.

The view from some casual viewers I know was very encouraging. A friend of The Missus who last watched the programme as a small child said that her and her husband (an American who'd never seen it before) thought it was great and they were both disappointed to learn that there are only 12 episodes left. My mother was very pleased by it despite misunderstanding the Heat Magazine scene (she misheard the dialogue believing it to be "That'll never work. He's gay and she's a clergyman" which is perhaps a better joke than the one broadcast).

All in all, I think it did what it was supposed to do but I need a lot more substance in future episodes. I think Bonnie Greer was wrong to call it 'cheap' but she was right to call it 'thin'. I don't want to watch 45 minutes of aimless running about just so that someone can get some test tube out of their pocket and save the day. Hopefully, now that the introductions are over we can start getting some stories coming our way.

Finally, I thought the cast were superb. The character of Mickey is very annoying but acted well. And the two stars were great throughout. I think they've got it right this time and I look forward to the rest of the series.

Jonathan Bigger

  • Read Jon's review of episode two, The End of the World.