No, I didn’t dislike Derek. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I could see the appeal and I wouldn’t argue with someone who liked it. But I think there are ways to defend it other than “I had 7 less minutes than I did with the office so that’s why it was ‘broad’”, or “well at least it filled up a half an hour” - This is Ricky Gervais, the man who said he is a “little hitler” when it comes to his art, and he creates for only himself. The one who said he was looking for the “right 6 million”, not the biggest viewing figures. It’s just… a complete 180 from everything he use to stand for artistically - or at least it sounds that way. It’s just disappointing.
Ricky Gervais, from his blog this week -
"It was nearly impossible to try to cram as much depth of character and story as The Office or Extras into 7 minutes less each week. I had to use broader brush strokes and cut to the chase. I did this by concentrating on one plot line and one main theme each week. I think the people who liked the show the most, understood this the most.
At the end of the day though, the average person doesn’t sit and analyse if, and then why, they liked something or not. I liked it. I laughed. I cried. And that’s the end of it for most. And why not? It’s entertainment when all is said and done; not philosophy or religion. It filled half an hour and then I watched something else. That’s good enough for me.”
Alright, maybe I’m overreacting, but I just can even process the irony and bullshit of this. This is Ricky Gervais, the creator of fucking EXTRAS - and he comes out with this shit to defend Derek? This is literally Andy Millman, backstage justifying When the Whistle Blows to Maggie. Please, tell me I’m wrong - I can’t see Gervais turn into this.