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Ramm. Stein. and "Garrow's Law"

Today is my Friday - I have the next two days off from the dayjob, which I need really, really badly. Tomorrow night, I see Rammstein! [profile] feklar and I are staying overnight afterwards, as it's a long drive.

I seem to have injured the ball of my foot somehow (sesamoid area). Not sure if it was at the gym last Friday; if so, I proabably exacerbated it by standing up all day Saturday and carrying around an almost-seven-year-old while barefoot on Sunday. Anyway, after Monday night's workout (intervals and cardio on the elliptical) I could barely put weight on it, and had to ice it when I got home. It still hurt a lot yesterday morning, so I took ibuprofren and, after much waffling, skipped the gym entirely, even though I wanted to go (!). I went straight home, propped it on a chair, and watched DVDs. If there's swelling, it's not enough for me to really see, and my big toe moves fine. Perhaps I bruised it inside?

This morning, the pain is less sharp, so perhaps it's getting better. Skipped the anti-inflammatory to get an idea of how it's doing. Am pondering if I could just do weights tonight, but the free weights need me to be standing up, so maybe (sigh) just machines. Or...frustrating as it is, it's probably better to skip it entirely if the foot's still tender this evening. I wasn't planning on any workouts anyway while gone for the Rammstein concert, and probably not on the weekend. If it still hurts on Monday, that's it, to the doctor I go.

I've got the habit of this gym thing now, and I don't want to give it up. I need it to combat stress, as well.

I finished the last three episodes of Garrow's Law, Series One last night. I enjoy the plots but I'm really in it for the costumes, costumes, costumes. Wigs! My favorite character is Sir Arthur, played by Rupert Graves, because he has things he wants that he isn't getting, and he demonstrates regrets and petty triumphs and, well, he's complex; I want to know what he will do next. His relationship with his wife, Lady Sarah (Lyndsey Marshall), has a lot of intriguing angles; he appears to love her, but does not entirely trust her all the time in a way that seems part jealousy of Garrow and her other interests (court cases) and part "Why are you against my ideals (such as they are)?" I like Rupert Graves a lot, which probably has something to do with it as well.

I am not terribly into the romance between Lady Sarah and Garrow. I think I would like Sarah more if she wasn't into Garrow at all. Why must there always be romance, or thwarted romance?

I could watch Alun Armstrong as Southouse all day. What a splendid actor.

Garrow (Andrew Buchan) is the protagonist, but he's also young and arrogant and though I find him entertaining, he's less interesting to me. We know he's going to, ultimately, win, and even when he loses he learns valuable lessons that he will later apply to winning. For that reason, his mistakes draw me in less than Sir Arthur's, even though I like Buchan's portrayal a lot, and if he were the only complex character I would probably like him more.

I also like Sylvester (Aidan McArdle), who is generally Garrow's opponent in court. Their relationship is all pointed banter, and they even have a duel! I was like, "Bring on the slash because I can't imagine no one has written it yet!" I can't fault the character for being pissy at Garrow because the things he's pissy about are generally true. Garrow's going to win in the end, but he doesn't have to be quite so annoying about it, does he? LOL.


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May. 4th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's not terribly deep, but it is very nicely done.
May. 5th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
The costumes are something else! And Alun Armstrong is a treasure.

I'm incredibly fond of the Lady Sarah/Will stuff, which biases me, but I think it's something that the romance wasn't invented out of whole cloth, as sometimes writers do with fictionalizations of the lives of historical people. Their relationship is inspired by William Garrow's actual relationship with Sarah Dore.

They could have still left it out, or made it a minor part of the story, of course.
May. 5th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
I'm currently beta-reading a Sarah/Will fic where the author was running with some spec I did that Will is a virgin and... ZOMG. THESE TWO. I DON'T EVEN.

So, yeah. My bias, it is vast! ;)
May. 8th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize it was actually historical! Cool!

I totally would read that story. Feel free to send the link my way when it's posted.
May. 11th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Yes! :) Though, by "historical" I mean as historical as anything they do -- they tweak things rather a lot to make Garrow's admittably admirable contributions fit within a straightforwardly heroic narrative when, um, in fact they often didn't. That treason case that series one ended with? Apparently the actual William Garrow was the prosecution in the case that was molded after, not the brave defender!

With Will and Sarah's relationship they have a lot of room for wiggling, though, since little is known of the precise details of their connection and there's a lot of mystery. Occasionally descendants of the actual couple will pop up on the BBC blog to complain about the portrayal, though. Lol.

I totally would read that story. Feel free to send the link my way when it's posted.

Will do! It's quite beautiful. It does have massive spoilers for the second series, though.
May. 11th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
I can always save the bookmark until I've seen second series.

LOL about the prosecutor role! I assume he didn't make a speech that lasted hours, though.
May. 11th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
...omg, LJ's screening caught my comment because--gasp! horror!--I dared to include a link to an Untrustworthy Site.

That site being, of course, the official archive of the Old Bailey court records. Truly a den of cyber iniquity if ever there was one!

May. 11th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
He did do some truly cool stuff, though, like in 1783 he got a Mary Wood and Sarah Slade, a mother and daughter, off for theft. And in one particular moment, this exchange took place:

Samuel Yardley: [The items] were in the prisoner Slade's lap, and this key I found on her, which opens the prosecutor's door.

Mr. Garrow: How do you know that, did you ever try it?

Yardley: No.

Garrow: Then do not tell us any thing of it.

LOL Burn. So moments like that are totally accurate, happily.
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