It’s Quantum Leap UK. The NBC version of a sci-fi show. There are pros and cons here…
Well, Quantum Leap crossed with Heroes.
Philip Segal era: Doctor Who on Fox (ha ha)
Russell T Davies era: Doctor Who on the WB
Moffat/Smith era: Doctor Who on the CW
Moffat/Capaldi era: Doctor Who on Starz (?)
Chris Chibnall era: Doctor Who on NBC
The idea seems to be to sneak the show back into the mainstream by making it “respectable” enough that people can’t as easily shrug it off, while also trying to do interesting and/or valuable things with the space it carves. Unfortunately Chibnall has the nuance of a carp and writes dialogue like his entire frame of reference is other TV shows. But, he seems sincere. Which helps.
FWIW, I’ve so far seen only positive responses from actual POC (mostly WOC). But this may just reflect the circles in which I gyrate.
Sometimes it’s the little things that matter, you know.
There are so many details that matter, in this. Things that define the lives of so many, that tend not to get addressed in polite (i.e., white) company.
CW: What they did to Emmit Till
Like, it’s a TV show produced by a big entity for a mainstream audience. A family audience, with lots of kids watching. You’re going in with a certain set of expectations. And every little acknowledgment of reality, that you practically never see in a context like this can seem a little bit amazing, a little bit gratifying.
That discussion behind the dumpster is so simple in script terms and easy to write off, except compare it to anything said in the last 55 years on this show. Compare it to that bullshit in the Shakespeare episode.
In which the nuances of race relations are explained to us by people like this.
It’s… you know. It’s easy to lean back and stroke your chin and say, well, that black lady who makes a living writing speculative fiction about racial justice didn’t quite get her history about the black experience right.
Or whatever. It’s another to say, oh my God, this is the first time I’ve seen myself validated in this way, in this kind of a place. Even if I might have structured a few things differently.
It’s in all those little things, that add up, that I think makes the episode so remarkable. But, I mean. I guess I’m no one to speak either. Since, you know.
There’s another of these in a few weeks, dealing with the partition of India. Written by this fella.
The second writer of color in Doctor Who history, incidentally, after Malorie Blackman.
Maybe next year they’ll get to write about other, more subtle aspects of their experience. But, it’s a start.