I don’t really know what to say about the Epilogue, my thoughts are still all over the place. I didn’t enjoy it at all. That’s not entirely a criticism, though.
The episode changed my opinion on both Jessie and Louis, and in a way kind of ruined it for me. Louis seemed completely evasive and somewhat up himself, and I found the whole situation of messing Stanley about throughout the interview highly irritating, to the point where I wanted to switch off. Jessie, similarly, was a cold, hard cow and I wanted to slap her silly. She was not the Jessie she had been portrayed to be throughout. This isn’t, however, a criticism - it went hand in hand with Stanley asking how fame had changed them - they couldn’t necessarily see how it had changed themselves, but it most certainly had. My girlfriend pointed out that if that was what they were aiming for then well done to them, because it’s social realism at its finest, which I agree…it is. And I’m sure we often paint these beautiful, perfect images of celebrities, actors, actresses, singers in our heads as the perfect human being, and then sometimes you meet them and they’re not what you expected at all - in fact, they’re unpleasant and up themselves and forget that their fortune could change over night and they’d be back to being a nobody.
I felt sorry for Jessie with her family history, and with the whole teacher fiasco, who I’m assuming she was in love with, but I don’t believe that made her the person she was in that interview. No, I think that made her the quiet, shy person who came to life on stage, who couldn’t believe the Prince showed her any interest, and who couldn’t do anything without her best friend Carla who had been her constant through it all. Fame did the rest to Jessie - fame made her big headed and stuck up and better than everyone else. I think her costume and make-up choice were also very cleverly picked out - I wasn’t used to seeing Jessie dress up like that for day to day - it wasn’t that she didn’t take pride in her appearance before, but suddenly she had to dress upper class, dress like a star and the red was very harsh and striking and seemed to match that bitchy undertone that was there - she looked hard, she looked self important and I did not like her one bit. I do like to hope, however, partly for the sake of shipping (but that’s just me) and partly for the sake of Carla who was so utterly devastated by Jessie’s death, that in the hospital when Jessie had come round, they had some kind of heart to heart (what little Jessie could manage) - they sorted out the little situation where Jessie had refused to sing, she realised she had been stuck up and the situation she was in made her realise that she didn’t want to be that person anymore.
My criticism: the Masons. Oh my sweet Lord I lost the will to live. It was all very dramatic up until then - it was creepy, it wasn’t sitting right, I felt betrayed by these characters I had come to love, something not nice was going on and this creepy fan all in there with twisted little Pamela (who I loved because the actress played her so fantastically) had popped up… and then it just kind of went nowhere. This Mr Luke/Fluke I assume was predicting the coming of the Second World War with the death of millions being the Jews, and the collapsing of business etc and was maybe trying to encourage those who followed him to be Nazis and therefore be saved, because I think the Masons were quite low down on the list of groups Hitler wanted rid of (though maybe only I read that into it), and it could have gone somewhere but it just went nowhere. Maybe if this guy had predicted a murder and the break up of the band, if he had predicted a Mason would be behind it, anything like that it would have had a purpose, but it didn’t. I know we never got to find out everything because Louis never finished the interview, but I felt like it wasted the last twenty odd minutes of the episode, where I would have much preferred to see more of Jessie/Angel and Carla/Wunmi.
Criticisms and my dislike of anyone who wasn’t Carla or Stanley aside… I applaud the acting like I was front row at a play and giving them a standing ovation. The cast acted perfectly - every single member. I have a ridiculous amount of love for Wunmi Mosaku all of a sudden, who is such an endearing little actress - I just loved the way she told the story of the man with the invention, and Carla was just so harmless and adorable with her cheese on toast and beautifully, blissfully unaffected by fame; she was a bit of a revelation for me. And then, of course, we get to the fantastic Angel Coulby, who can do no wrong in my eyes. THAT was the kind of acting I have been waiting to see from her, and I’m so glad she had the opportunity to do so. I felt the scripting where she became a bitch earlier in the series was too rushed - one minute she was quiet, the next, possessed by fame and it didn’t wash, but this showed it had been around for a while. She made me really dislike her character, I stopped caring in those ten minutes and my hackles were up. I just did not like her and she needed bringing down a peg or five. But that made Angel brilliant - she’d had that affect on me, not through the scripting, but through the way she spoke, the tone, the looks she gave Stanley… she was brilliant, and I just wish she had been given more than ten minutes.
In all, I don’t really know what to make of this episode still. Certain bits were good, it was cleverly done if it really was the intention to make you realise you didn’t know these people at all and actually, they weren’t what you expected…but the end I found somewhat pointless. Maybe I missed the point, I don’t know. It’s a shame because I defended the series when it received a lot of criticisms, but this one I just can’t stand by completely. A huge well done to the fabulous cast, though. I loved them if nothing else.