Advantages Good Characters. Some Good Storylines
Disadvantages Some Completely Crap storylines.
|How does it compare to similar programmes?||Ordinary|
|How good is the story?||Outstanding|
|Is it dramatic?||Full of Tension|
|How good are the characters?||Outstanding|
|How do you rate the overall style and design?||Ordinary|
This is a show that I love and hate all at the same time. I can find just as many bad things to say about it as I can good ones. I think that the bad points by far outweigh the good ones though. I avoid shows that are constantly negative because I believe what we see and do effects how we feel. This show is quite depressing at most parts and I think its the sort of thing that if you have had a brilliant day, you sit down and turn this on. The smile that once was on your face will more than likely soon fade. I also have been irritated by recent storyline's and how they have turned out. I especially disliked the story with Ronnie Mitchell and her daughter. I think that they dragged that storyline out way to much. They did it to a point were by the time it had got to the climax. I had thought it would at least eventually turn out good and become more interesting but it didn't. I don't know what they were thinking when they decided to kill her off. I believe that there could have been a much better storyline continued on from there but it was cut to a terribly silly and not well thought out end. I also think that some of the storyline's are far too unrealistic to believe and I think sometimes it is very easy to lose interest in it altogether. I find sometimes I watch it every time that it is on and then other times I go weeks without bothering with it at all.I would not recommend this if you are looking to be "cheered up" or to laugh a lot because it will not cheer you up and the laughs are few and far in-between. Some of the stories lines are interesting but it seems there is always a new disaster or a disaster just waiting to happen. You would think this makes it entertaining and maybe some people do think it does. To me though it seems like they are running out of ideas and trying too hard. This is in some ways like "every other soap" in the sense that they are all set around one place. EastEnders is in Albert Square and Neighbours, in Ramsay street etc. The idea of EastEnders is that it is supposed to be based on real life events but they must be based on real life on alternate planet because very rarely are the storyline's in touch with true reality on this one. I don't know why because I have ruled out the likes of Jeremy Kyle for being too negative and I never watch it any more. So considering that you would think that this would be on my list of shows to avoid but somehow I always end up watching it. Perhaps it is so bad that it is good?
I don't know what it is and sometimes I have swore that I would never watch it again. Particularly after seeing some ridiculous storyline's and beyond awful, unconvincing endings. These included people getting wiped out like fly's and I have often thought it could be just to boost ratings. I have felt that at points that happens and sometimes it doesn't seem that they have even put any real thought into it at all. Some of the deaths in it were so silly in the way that they happened. So much so that to say the timing for them was off would be a understatement. I also think they get rid of thier best characters (almost of as often as the x factor this year are kicking out all the good ones) and the storyline's are often ones that leave you thinking hmm "I think I have seen this before" and then you remember you have done. The only difference being that it was in another soap with different characters. They repeat so often and I would love to see them get some stories that have not been pinched from elsewhere. There is not any situations that EastEnders seems hesitant to explore and that is even if it will be controversial and shock people. I don't find any overly shocking myself but many have given it criticism because of it. I think that it is hard to be shocked by EastEnders considering some of the stuff on TV nowadays.My mum and my grandparents never miss an episode of this. They are big fans of the show. I don't consider myself a big fan and I think that shows such as Family Guy and American Dad are far more entertaining and not to mention funny! I don't religiously watch it and I am not fussed if I miss out on anything either. I especially hate Sunday re-runs because even if everyone in my house has seen the episodes throughout the week. I end up stuck watching repeats on Sunday as well. I mean watching each episode once is bearable but twice? Hell no! There are some characters that I really think are good but even they are seemingly disappearing one by one. I really hate when something does not end in a way that I expected or even worse is when it ends making no sense at all. I hate that! And that does happen quite often in this show. I found the story ages ago that was based around little Mo and Trevor to be incredibly depressing to watch because my idea of fun is not watching someone being battered.
I know that maybe it made people more aware but aren't people already aware? Do we really need to watch storyline's like this because yes! It is real to life in that instance but I do not want to watch it happen. In my opinion TV should be entertaining because when I watch it. It is at a time when I am looking to relax. I hate that some of the things that I have seen in this happen to people and I hope the people get help but to put it in a TV show? To me they are supposed to be entertaining and that just isnt! I am sure everyone has heard the EastEnders theme at one point or another. I find it quite irritating and sometimes I hate to hear that familiar tune coming from the TV particularly on Sundays. It seems when a story is good it is really excellent but when it is bad it is awful! And I think the awful storyline's outweigh the excellent ones. I think it would take far to long to go into detail of my opinions on most of the character's so i will choose just a few and say what I think.
I think that Larry Lamb is very convincing as the sleeked, evil and conniving Archie and he does a excellent job acting the role. I cant say I like his character though because I really dislike people who are like the character he is playing.
There is no way that I could go without mentioning him because in my opinion he is one of the only sources of real humour in this show. He has been in the show a very long time and is one of my favourite characters. I think he is someone that people love to hate.
I think that Lacey Turner just keeps getting better and better as the episodes go along in terms of how well she plays her character. The storyline surrounding her at the minute, although it is depressing is still amazing and it must be a difficult one to act as convincingly as she does.
Another memorable character and one that will not be forgotten in a hurry. She has made her mark as Peggy Mitchell. Barbara Windsor is very convincing as Peggy and is in my opinion one of the people who makes EastEnders what it is. I also think she has been quite funny in certain parts of episodes that have been shown.
Denise is played by Diane Parish I find the storyline surrounding her at the moment to be one of the most interesting and I think she is convincing in her role. The fact that she thinks her ex is dangerous when she is with a fanatical bible quoting murderer is ironic.
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