Well, ITV’s Titanic premiered over the weekend and… wow. I must congratulate the station, and Julian Fellowes, for taking on the biggest non-wartime maritime disaster in history and making it feel unemotional, claustrophobic, small, and relatively unimportant. I realize they did not have James Cameron’s budget, but where exactly did their 11 million dollars go? Not on the script. Not on doing any actual research. (The errors ranged from Thomas Andrews having an English accent — he was IRISH, people! — to muddle-ups with lifeboats.) There were too many characters and too little time to get to know or care about them. Motivations went unexplained. The last hour was anti-climatic and melodramatic. I was actually a bit embarrassed for some of the cast members having agreed to this. And whose idea was it to sink the boat in every episode? That completely defeated the tension of the piece.
It was great at the start. The non-Titanic scenes were great. But once we got on the ship, it all fell apart. By the way, Titanic was much bigger than that. It was much more grand. And you couldn’t just walk into the boiler rooms to check the water levels. But that’s historical nitpicking… and about a million people are going to start in on that any minute, so I should probably give Fellowes a break.
My “official review” is here, but if any of you bothered to tune in, I’d like to hear your thoughts.
On a minor note, I’m still a fan of Linus Roache… even if he sounded pained in this part.