Last year, Todd VanDerWerff reviewed all 18 episodes of Slings and Arrows for the AV Club, and they are a glorious way to revisit the show I put at the top of my list of all-time favourite Canadian TV. If you haven’t caught the thoughtful, detailed posts yet, you have a lot of wonderful reading ahead of you. Check them out.
“Cheer up, Hamlet; chin up, Hamlet; buck up, you melancholy Dane! So your uncle is a cad who murdered Dad and married Mum. That’s really no excuse to be as glum as you’ve become! So wise up, Hamlet; rise up, Hamlet; perk up and sing a new refrain. Your incessant monologizing fills the castle with ennui. Your antic disposition is embarrassing to see. And by the way, you sulky brat, the answer is to be! You’re driving poor Ophelia insane. So shut up, you rogue and peasant; grow up, it’s most unpleasant; cheer up, you melancholy Dane!” – Cyril