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4.2 - Beautiful Things

Jago, Leela and Ellie take a trip to the theatre to see Oscar Wilde’s new play and discover something sinister during the interval. Meanwhile, bodies are turning up at Litefoot's lab, while Wilde meets his biggest fan...
Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Trevor Baxter (Professor Litefoot), Louise Jameson (Leela), Colin Baker (Claudius Dark), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie), Elizabeth Counsell (Abigail Woburn), Alan Cox (Oscar Wilde), Victoria Alcock (Winnie O'Connor), Terry Molloy (Lord Ampthill), Christopher Beeny (Mr Kempston), Mike Grady (Mr Hardwick)
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Lisa Bowerman


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Rated 5/10 on 11/5/13 9:28 pm
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Ugh. Not only is the story unfocused and meandering, but it's almost never a good idea to try and recreate legendary personalities in fiction-- generally a terrible, terrible idea unless you're a wonderful, wonderful writer. In this case, Wilde just comes across as smarmy and petulant, which wouldn't be a problem if the point was to present this as a deliberately deconstructionist take. But the author genuinely seems to be attempting to portray him as world-weary, charismatic, and preternaturally witty. The result is some extended banter that isn't much more than a glorified "Who's on first" routine. There's also a continuation of the regrettable trend toward using Leela's thickheaded literalism for comic relief, and the central mystery is just sort of goofy. It attempts to both tie in with the work of Oscar Wilde and to be a mind-blower on a cosmic scale, but it never really gels. The Wilde tribute just seems lazy, and (spoiler?) "cosmic horror with Dick and Jane" just plain doesn't work. Certainly one of the more ambitious entries in this series, but also one of its low points.