The Bullmeister remembers binge watching Mad Men with Bessie and being shocked by the sheer audacity of it all. The Bull lamented how he missed the perfect time to be a bull. Moo! To be a Bull in that era. It almost gives the Bulldog a stiffy just thinking about it.
This cap, Rock Star, is distinctly reminiscent of the show and in fact references it at one point. However, this does not make it derivative. It merely captures the sentiment of the style.
The buildup and stage setting of this cap flows well. It gives us a decent background to the main character and his environment. We get a great glimpse into his head where he thinks he’s irreplaceable. His hubris is on full display and like a Greek tragedy, we seal him seal his own fate.
When we experience, the fall as he discovers he is not the center of the universe, we see the reality from eyes beyond his own. He is forced to come to terms with his flaws and live with his mistakes.
Overall, this is a good cap. It’s well-crafted and an easy read. My criticism is the ending. It feels off, abrupt, lacking something.
It was a tough call, but I’m going to give this a yes vote, since the rest is good. We’ll see what the fishy one has to say.
I enjoyed this cap, with its flamboyantly written characters, its fully realised setting, its deluded Ikaros who flew too close to the sun. It felt familiar, yet satisfying.
It's about an award-winning advertising creative frustrated by being passed over for promotion, who cannot understand why everyone around him doesn't see how indispensible he is - until he realises he isn't.
The best part about this piece is that none of the characters is simple. Each is driven by their own motivations, and stymied by their own inherent flaws. Only Randi manages to navigate the resulting dramatic conflicts tactfully, and she ends up winning out. Even Nick admits in the end that although he might have learned something, he remains doomed to repeat his mistakes.
I'm rooting for him. I'm rooting for them all.
My vote is a resounding YES.
Some editorial notes:
WMCA (YMCA) flourescent (fluorescent) any more (anymore) And I've have said marriage was "on the cards" rather than "in the cards".