As far as showing Thomas’s mindset thus far- I’d like to see it too BUT HOW? It would literally just be shots of him brooding. He’s certainly not ready to open up to anyone but maybe he will in the next ep. And if he’s not talking to anyone right now, what do you want? A soliloquy? Voice-over? I’m honestly confused. There’s other stuff I would like to have seen-mainly him going to Choose Your Own Path but idk how you show what a character’s thinking and feeling in this format when they don’t want to talk to anyone.
Alas poor Jimmy, I knew him well…
I agree. It’s always difficult to show characters’ deepest thoughts, and it’s even more difficult with someone like Thomas- not only he doesn’t have anyone to talk to (not anymore), but he also lives in a time period when people wasn’t used to talk about their feelings- moreover, he has to hide those emotions, so he really can’t rely on anyone on this matter. This is why I think it would have been so important to see him at Choose Your Own Path because that would have been the only chance to see him open up a bit- maybe with the “doctor” or another patient. Now I think that the only chance to understand why he did what he did will be in the next episodes, when he crumbles and tells someone the truth…or so I hope
There are soooo many ways. :)
Show Thomas in his room after Jimmy got his notice. Show him desperately trying to save Jimmy’s job. Show him in his room distressed or sad or even crying after Jimmy left. Show him sitting alone in the servants hall in the evenings with everyone ignoring him, no one to play cards with and talk with. Show him standing outside alone, smoking. Show him witnessing some affection between Anna and Bates and show the reaction on his face. That’s what fine actors like Rob are for, right? They can tell you what is going on inside of that character without talking about it. Show Thomas looking through the London magazine and over that article. Show him again in his room, reading the acticle and looking determined or sad and crying. Show him with the therapist, throw in a few bits from their conversation. This could be done without giving everything away or the talk bits could have been integrated as flash backs. Show him during the treatment, show him in his room all miserable and in pain, looking at the article again, determined to go on.
There are so many ways Thomas’ feelings and motivations could have been conveyed without much more than a few words and in combination with the snippets we got so far this would have been powerful, clear and wouldn’t have left much room for misunderstaning or not noticing his storyline. Yes, Fellowes’ writing is talk-oriented but it also seems to be his weakness. Movie and telly has no need to be an audio book. They have a fantastic cast, they have people who know how to shoot a film so there is really no excuse to not make full use of the different languages things can be said in in moving pictures.
Exactly. And as an actor who can convey so much emotion just with his eyes/facial expression Rob would thrive on those opportunities. Fellowes definitely doesn’t have much of a knack for “show not tell” his way of writing is more theatrical (where you need dialogue way more due to lack of the dramatic elements that film provides). Still we had a few silent scenes in the past (even though no many) that worked well: Thomas sitting in the servants’ hall and in his room before the sleep kiss, Thomas before he decides to get his blighty. Those scenes were all intense and a little more silent storytelling would do the whole series good anyways.