Yeah, I know, just in time to be pretty much irrelevant to anything currently HH. Except maybe the new stage show, which I understand is very good indeed, but. Unless it comes with a guarantee of at least one Stupid Death, it will remain outside this blog’s remit.
However. I spent the last few weeks pre-hiatus insisting that I was in this to finish it, and then I just sort of didn’t–without any explanation–and I have been feeling really, really awkward about that ever since. Will spare you the details of the real-life events involved in the excuse, but essentially: these reviews take significant time and effort that, I finally had to admit to myself, I just didn’t have to spare at that point. What was supposed to be a purely lighthearted creative exercise had become an ugly, pressure-filled reminder of failure. So I decided to walk away, just for a few… months… how long has it been now? *checks date of last post* Shoot, really?
In the interim, many lovely not-stressful things HH-related happened, including the success of The Wrong Mans and Yonderland and the filming of Bill; all of which greatly helped revive my initial lighthearted enthusiasm. With RL now more-or-less back under control besides, I thought to dip a tentative toe back into writing a few months ago — and ended up raising the original show’s Wikipedia article all the way to Featured status. Which means it’s now not only considered among the very best of Wiki’s million-plus articles, but was showcased on their front page for the show’s fifth anniversary.
So that was nice, and the compliments I received on the article’s quality were even nicer (even once shared among its many, many helpful copy-editors). Also nice: the fact that people were meanwhile consistently not only reading but commenting on this project thus far. All of it had really only one logical followup (the part where I volunteered to become a Wiki Good/Featured Article reviewer myself not quite counting as logical). Time to finish what I’d started — and, incidentally, keep myself and possibly others mildly entertained at least until Bill hits theatres.
Right, then. Here we are where we left off, at the beginning of Series 5. If that goes well, there is the possibility of something Yonderland-related for afters (esp if, as I suspect, an announcement re: S2 of that show is shortly forthcoming). By that point, Bill might merit a post or two as well. All of which will appear when it wills, sans rigid update schedules, and in–I’m hoping, anyway–a format much closer to the simple, lighthearted snark of earlier posts than the intense mini-theses more recent ones had become. (To that end I’ve also done a bit of editing on the last few posts of S4, basically to remove the more overt signs of crisis.)
As always, feedback–by now, whether commenting on the project or tactfully not commenting on its continued relevance–is enormously appreciated. The HH universe remains the epitome of sweet, silly, un-complicated enjoyment; let’s see if we can’t still have some fun with it together, eh?