BBC are also currently running series 4 of Coupling. This has a similar effect to my Second album syndrome theory. Coupling have lost the best character Jeff, played by Richard Coyle & have replaced him with a similar personality called Oliver.
Now I actually think that Richard Mylan does a good job of filling the void. For me it’s just never going to be as good. But maybe, someone introduced to the show now would accept these characters as a whole & enjoy the show just as much as I always did. And then to watch an episode from the previous series this person may feel like I do now – “…where’s the character gone that I like?”
Now admittedly, series 4 certainly isn’t as good as previous showings & some of it is even quite lame. But that’s not my point.
A similar things happened in Cheers. Originally the lovable dumbass was played by Coach. But when I started to watch the show after Nicholas Colasanto had passed away in 1985, the thicko slot was replaced by the now Hollywood big shot Woody Harrelson. So now when I see the early shows I never feel it’s quite as good as with Woody.
So, is this just me or is it never as good as the first time?