Wide awake late the other night, I decided to watch a couple of episodes of Coupling on Netflix. The original, British version. I’d heard good things about it, chiefly that it was written by Steven Moffat who is currently the head writer for Doctor Who and writer and co-creator of Sherlock! Also, one of its stars was Gina Bellman who plays Sophie the Grifter on Leverage and I thought it would be interesting to see her playing a character instead of playing a character who is playing a character or characters.
(Yeah, I know Sophie’s real name isn’t Sophie. But she won’t tell me what it is any more than she’ll tell Nate.)
Turned out that Bellman didn’t have much to do in the episodes I watched and while there were some good lines the writing was mostly typical sitcom back and forthing, with the characters talking mainly to set each other up for insults and punchlines. And there doesn’t seem to be much to it. From what I can tell, Coupling is about three things.
Men are stupid, really stupid, about women, love, and sex.
Women are hornier and raunchier-minded and think and dream more about sex than men know and women would like to admit, and the reason they don’t have happier and more adventurous sex lives and aren’t doing it all the time like rabbits is that men are stupid about women, love, and sex.
And this week might be the week when we get to see one of the three female leads actually naked on camera and although you might be hoping it’ll be Susan or Jane, because they’re the pretty ones, wouldn’t it be funnier if it’s Sally because she’s the supposedly prim and proper one?
Is that about it, or should I give it more of a chance?