city of hate

So this happened today!
Robin is such a sweetie pie!! Like. So sweet!

I mentioned I’m a Nygmobblepot shipper and how much I loved that 53 second staring scene in the last episode. He said I’d enjoy the rest of the season. And he said the next ep is his favorite in terms of Ed and Oswald interactions. Not exact words, because I was freaking out at the time and my memory sucks. But yes. Reeeeally looking forward to Monday’s ep!!!

Still can’t believe I actually met him…

Holby city got 99 problems but “shippers boycotting” ain’t one of them..... high tea/high shade ahead>

Okay so the news that Holby city has currently lost roughly 2 million viewers is hardly surprising. The lack of coherency in the story lines, attention to detail, characterisation, story line progression and follow up is a huge problem for the show right now. Across the board, for every single character EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER AND SHIP!! THE SHOW HAS PROBLEMS AND IT ISN’T BERENA FANS TUNING OFF PUTTING IT IN JEOPARDY M’KAY…

I don’t have twitter but I have just read the most ridiculous and wildly misinformed comments and I wanted to address them a little. For anyone who thinks that the loss in viewership is down to Berena fans suddenly switching off, then I’m sorry but I fail to see the logic in that. The influx of berena fans will in no way match the deficit..BECAUSE 2 MILLION SHIPPERS DIDN’T JUST DECIDE TO SWITCH OFF IN SALTY BITTERNESS,  it’s a general loss of interest because the show has lot the plot. Literally. Plot lines being picked up and dropped at will. No nuance or attention to detail, just a heavy handed mess of contrived “shock” moments that do not lend themselves to further character development. Things happen, then they’re dropped and all but forgotten. This is the shows biggest problem, and “loyal, long time” viewer or not surely that’s plain to see. Blaming “short stay” fans who are purely in it for any one ship/character in easy, and deluded. 

Guess what? I’m a hardcore Jemma Redgrave fan (who knew??) and I’ve tuned in for fucking months of literally nothing but filler scenes. Remember when Bernie Wolfe was a fully-realised character with her own story lines? me neither. But I’ve stuck in there, losing my shit over two minutes of screen time and practically having a hernia over things like The Redgrave speaking french and straddling a bar stool. I watched Serena’s character descend into a shell of herself, through a conceited and extremely heavy handed story line. I watched Catherine Russell do masterful work with pitiful material. So don’t come at any of us for being the problem. Because I think we should get a fucking award for hanging in there at all..the minute our ship became canon it all fell to hell. We stuck with it and rejoiced over things like hand holds and hugs which is pretty fucking sad when you think about all the kissing and validation of affection we see the hetero ships share. So no, not for a minute will I listen to any fucking argument that points the finger at berena fans being a problem in the ratings drop. I’ve seen the argument “no one character or ship is bigger than the show” well yes that works both ways and you can’t suddenly attribute the failures of something on any one character/ship, when you attribute none of the successes to it either. 

Holby’s fuck ups/plot drops in a brief summary..

  • Fletch almost died. Then nothing until he almost died again and miraculously recovered.
  • Sacha was so depressed/ kleptomania. Nothing since? how the fuck is he?
  • Jasmine introduced only to have literally nothing to do with her sister. Such an opportunity to explore both characters and their relationship wasted. Until the end ofc when they killed Jasmine off after pummelling her with crap after crap for a year. Nice one. 
  • Zosia killed that ceo dude who was so loathsome I can’t even remember his name..how was she after that? 
  • Zosia had literally nothing to do with the engagement story line
  • WHY THE FUCK IS RAFF IN KELLER AND WHY IS HE STILL THERE?!
  • Cameron and Morven are they even a thing?
  • Why does Cameron hardly share a scene with his mum?
  • Does Bernie remember she’s madly in love with Serena?
  • DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THEY USED TO WORK WITH SERENA WENDY CAMPBELL?
  • Bernie being ignored through practically all of Serena’s grief storyline even though she’s her “partner”
  • OLLIE ON AUU/ WHERE IS HE? 
  • Essie and Raf, what’s happening? I mean what.is.happening.
  • Influx of new characters when they’re barely providing material for the ones they have. 
  • Serena’s daughter died off screen and the official twitter account had to literally tweet to confirm her death.
  • No crossover or carry over of characters. The wards could basically be kindgoms in westoros for how apart we’re expected to believe they are. Mo’s leaving do is like one of the only exceptions of them having cross-ward socialising. 

THEY RELY ON THE “BIG MOMENTS/SHOCK SHOCK VALUE” THEN DROP IT. But they need to create story lines that’ll run for long enough for the viewers to be invested and actually care.

The list in endless and I’ll hold my hands up and say there’s so much i don’t know/remember long-term wise, so I’m sure people could add to this list but let’s just accept THAT THE SHOW GOT PROBLEMS ACROSS THE FUCKING BOARD and to suggest it’s down to one group of fans/shippers isn’t only misinformed, it’s pretty fucking hurtful. 

HOLD THE PRODUCERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR FUCK UPS AND DON’T PLACE BLAME ON THE FANS BECAUSE WE ALL DESERVE BETTER. LONG TERM FANS/NEW FANS, ZOLLIE/BERENA/OTHER SHIPPERS. NO FINGERS SHOULD BE POINTED AT FANS BUT AT THE SHOW RUNNERS CAUSE IF YOU DON’T CREATE A SHOW WHICH PAYS SERVICE TO THE CORE CHARACTERS THEN YOU’RE FUCKED BECAUSE PEOPLE STOP CARING. 

* these are all my opinions and I’m not claiming to be the voice for anyone but honestly as a berena fan I just wanted to put my thoughts out there and comment on something I wildly disagree with. Now I’m off for a cornetto in the sun, I’ve earned the calories. Happy Saturday. *