Now What?

I have to admit that I am pretty tapped out in terms of ideas for posts. I may have one or two more in me, but I need your advice on where to go from here. If anyone has a suggestion, I’m very happy to see it.

I also wondered if there might be some previous posts that could bear more looking into. I’m open for all thoughts, notions, proposals, etc.

There’s a long time before we have more material to work with and I want to keep the blog going. But how should we proceed?

Originally posted 2014-10-12 12:58:40.

16 thoughts on “Now What?

  1. Linda

    You did a post about what Aunty Joan didn’t know, how about what Louisa didn’t know? She didn’t meet Martin’s parents in S2 but would have heard about how charming Christopher was. She wouldn’t have known about him being so two faced to the villagers (Mark in particular), how disdainful he was of Martin and his career, how nasty he was to Joan. She didn’t know anything about Margaret until she turned up on their doorstep in S6 but it didn’t take her long to size her up. Other people realized early on in S1 that she was attracted to Martin but when did she know it was true.

  2. Santa Traugott

    I’ll think about it. I too would like to keep the conversation going.

    My experience with the “new material” that shows up during filming, e.g., is that there is a whole lot of guessing, not much of which is accurate, and that which turns out to be more or less accurate is in the end not very helpful.

    In general, I’m interested in the intersection between what the (any) show’s creators “meant” and what the audience makes of it, a topic which touched on again and again. Doc Martin is just a very interesting talking point from that perspective.

    Anyway, hopefully, more later.

  3. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    Hmmm. I’m trying to think of a way to approach that. Thanks for giving it some thought and helping me find ways to keep us going.

  4. Mary F

    I think this was bound to happen sooner or later but I must say you have been a real trouper in keeping this blog going for the past year. I am just amazed at the amount of material and ideas you have given us to think about.I think if you want this to last till the next series we might think about tapping ideas found in other blogs. I am always poking around the web and there are lot of conversations going on about this show tho I am partial to this blog. The other thing I have been searching and waiting for is a documentary about why this show has attracted so many people around the world…l think it is called The Port Wenn Effect, has anyone heard of it and know when it will be aired?

  5. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    I guess I always knew I would reach a point when I would struggle to find something to write about, especially since the show takes 2 years off. I have checked a few other sites without much inspiration, but if you know of a topic you’ve seen somewhere that you think would be something to explore here, please send it to me.

    I haven’t heard much about a documentary and I always wonder if it’s more a promotional vehicle than an actual effort to look into who watches the show. I guess we’ll see if they ever produce it.

    Thanks for your support. I will keep hoping to find more topics to write about. One reader’s idea has started me thinking and I will have another post sometime soon. So hang in there with me!!

  6. The Other Linda

    Hey Linda!

    I just read this and was wracking my brains to remeber when I wrote this profound stuff. Then I realized it wasn’t me who wrote it! If I did, I don’t remember and if I don’t remember, I am in trouble. Karen, the print in this box is miniscule right now. Has something changed?????

    I am going to review episodes and look for some discussion topics. I too appreciate the great topics you HAVE introduced and hope we can help find new ones to carry us through.

    It is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and I wish you all a very blessed day!

    Linda from Vancouver Island

  7. Linda

    I would like us to look at what “happiness” means to each of the characters – Martin and Louisa, but others in Portwenn as well. Since it is a big theme in the show, it would be interesting to analyze what each character would need to be able to say they were happy. Are people in Portwenn generally happy with their lot? Also, we could discuss what “happiness” means in the real world. Do we all see it very differently? How much happiness is needed and does it vary based on past experiences, socio-economic status, educational level, race,religion etc. I know lots of people who I admire for their happy ways of life, in spite of circumstances.

  8. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    You may not remember that I did a post on “What is Happiness?” last Oct. 15th. Wow! Just about a year ago. I think it would be a good idea to revisit it and say more about the concept of happiness. I could look at some of the other characters too. Ok! We have found another post idea!

  9. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    Well, that’s strange! Two Lindas! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for your help.

  10. Linda F

    I don’t post too often but I’ll add an initial. The only things that are getting me through this 2 year period are this blog, fanfic, DS, and things posted on Facebook.

  11. Santa Traugott

    I have just been having a discussion with someone that sharpens for me the area that I’m interested in thinking and talking about a bit more. Someone suggests that S6 is very unsatisfying to her, and moreover, that Martin Clunes did this on purpose, just because he wanted to play a larger dramatic range. And I suspect that that assessment probably colors her evaluation of S6. So here’s my question: can you separate your evaluation of the producer, from your evaluation of the production? Do we care about why something is produced? Should or should not an artistic production be judged on its own merit? When is the context in which something is produced relevant to its evaluation?

    I have the feeling that this question may have been covered in my college course “Philosophy of Esthetics” but a) that was a long time ago and b) I slept through it anyway.

  12. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    Santa, that is a big topic and well worth discussing. My initial reaction is that no matter what the reasons for modifying the production, the important matter is to remain consistent to the show/film/work of art, you name it. Let’s take the opposite type of show, a serious drama or even tragedy. Wouldn’t it be totally wrong to slip in some comedy or light moments just because the actor, producer, writer (whoever) wanted to showcase their comedic skills?

    I love humor as a part of most shows. I’ve been watching “Sherlock” lately, and I like the mixture of humor with the mystery/thriller aspects of the show. It works because the type of humor they incorporate into the show is low key and cynical. The episode I watched last night was very funny with Sherlock putting on glasses, a bow tie, and painting on a mustache to fool his colleague Watson, but that had a purpose and didn’t last long.

    I’m not sure if that’s exactly what you’re getting at, but I like the idea of looking into how shows reconfigure their approaches successfully. I have been working on another post, but would like to think about this idea soon. Thanks for the suggestion.

  13. Santa Traugott

    with reference to the example of comedy slipped into tragedy: if the comedy stuck out like a sore thumb, then it would detract from our appreciation — no matter the reason it was inserted. If it worked successfully –I suppose successfully here might mean a welcome moment of light relief that heightens our experience of the sad part that follows — then I think equally the ulterior motive, if there was one, for which it was inserted doesn’t matter. I do think that when we don’t like something, for whatever reason, our thinking about the producer’s motives for putting it in, becomes more relevant. Maybe? Perhaps this is seque-ing into the topic of what makes something “good” or what are the standards by which we judge something. Again, straying here into uncharted waters for me.

  14. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    I guess what you’re saying is that when something doesn’t seem to fit, and it’s obvious to us, it should have been obvious to those involved with editing, etc. If that’s true, then why did they leave it that way? We’re just using conjecture to come up with a reason. We might be surprised to learn that at the time they were happy with it and only discovered after they heard complaints that they had made a poor choice. Or maybe they think we’re all wrong and their decision feels right to them. I have definitely read some authors’ versions of this sort of thing and they often defend their choices despite having heard criticisms. I think it would be interesting to think about what makes a story work well.

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