Watched the first three episodes of er, The Watch.
Um, it’s actually pretty decent?! Kinda good?
Like, I can’t remember Guards! Guards! that well, so I don’t know exactly how much of this happens in the books, but like completely consistently, the type of events that happen, and most of how they play out is very Pratchett-ian. The tone of the show is definitely a bit darker and slightly sadder than Pratchett’s books, but not by a huge margin (like, Pratchett has sadder and darker books than this show, just Guards! Guards! isn’t one of them) and obviously the setting seems a lot more modern, but even then, nothing seems outside the realms of Pratchett. I was delighted when all the security cameras worked they way “they should” and so on.
And putting whether it’s sufficiently Pratchett-like aside, it’s a pretty good show, with some fun actors, who seem a bit much at first, but even by the end of episode two they’re working really well. Lady Sybil Ramkin doesn’t look/move much like I imagined her, but definitely has the right vibe. Vimes is a totally different guy, but his character works really well and he’s not as close to Jack Sparrow as one feared. And honestly I don’t think the original would have hit now like he hit in 1989. Plus Angua is absolutely great and edgy and played by one of the prettiest people I’ve ever seen (even if she’s so short-seeming I initially wondered if her characters was intended to be a Dwarf - I think partly this is just a lot of the other actors are tall), anyway she really nails the character. Carrot is a different character too, sort of picking up the slack from the changed Vimes, but he also works well. Cheery seemed like a bit of an unnecessary character first but kind of holds things together, they’re the sort of “glue” character. No sign of Nobbs or Colon is a bit surprising but they could easily be added in later if needed. Spoiler. I was sad to see Detritus die so early but I kind of suspected he wouldn’t last given he was a walking FX budget. I wish they’d found a cheaper way to do him.
I know this is heresy of the kind that gets planets bombarded from orbit but so far as Pratchett adaptions go it’s the only one I’ve actually liked, and that includes Good Omens. Good Omens had impossibly perfect casting/playing for the leads but that’s… literally all it had. For my money. I’m not hugely fond of the book either, because I feel like Pratchett + Gaiman is like filling a glass with half er really good wine and half with decent wine, and you’d have been better off with just the first.
I notice the critical response was mixed, and Rhianna Pratchett and Gaiman (like he’s an authority on this jeez) came out claiming it was all wrong, but yeah I don’t think they’re correct unless it gets pretty bad in the remaining episodes (which is not impossible of course). I was prepared for rolling my eyes and turning it off half-way through the first episode, but nope. Gaiman said “Batman if he’s now a news reporter in a yellow trenchcoat with a pet bat”, and it’s like, nah mate, this is more like one of the various Batman Elseworlds, like Gotham by Gaslight or something. In fact that’s pretty much exactly what it’s like.