1) My favourite episode
Oh, that’s a tricky one! I’m love finding more out about the backstories and personal lives of the characters, particularly Douglas, so I’m very fond of Fitton and Limerick. I also love St. Petersburg, being a huge fan of PERIL.
Ottery St Mary has to be a favourite as well (SINGING! Be still my beating heart) and Ipswich is utterly hilarious (as is Douz- I love the mental images of Douglas playing cricket in his underwear).
Newcastle and Rotterdam are also firm favourites for reasons heavily influenced by the presence of voice porn and singing. I love the interactions between Herc and Douglas and really hope to see more of them in the future.
13) Something that makes me sad
I think in this you might find me to be in somewhat of a minority. Being a fan of attic rooms and baked potatoes, and wishing that I could do my dream job, I don’t find Martin’s hyperbolic lamentations to be anything other than amusing, though I know these seem to upset a lot of people. Personally, I’d love to be Martin.
There are, however, three things that I do find sad:
1) Arthur’s reaction to his dad. We aren’t told much at all about their shared past, but whatever Gordon did, I wish to punch him very hard for it.
2) Carolyn’s comment in Douz that she’d rather be the CEO of a failing company than ‘a little old lady.’ It’s really the first time we’ve seen beneath Carolyn’s hard exterior and the comment is all the more poignant for it.
3) Douglas. He’s my favourite character partly because he’s voiced by a theatrical god but also because, in a sense, he’s the biggest failure in the series (being British, I like this). Though Martin might, at first, resent his First Officer’s ‘perfect life’, it soon becomes clear that all is not well.
With two failed marriages in his past, one wife (the favourite) having an affair during the course of the series, a daughter who lives at the other side of the country, a history of alcoholism heavily implied and a painful demotion from Captain of an airline to First Officer of an air dot, he really has had it all and lost it.
Martin might seem, on the face of it, like a more pathetic character, but Douglas is a prime example of how the mighty can fall and he, unlike Martin, does not have youth on his side.
With this in mind, another thing that makes me sad is the lack of Douglas h/c fanfiction. More, please, world :-P