Tag Archives: Karl Munro

Corrie Street Sept. 29/13

Sunita Redeemed

Miss a few episodes and all hell breaks loose! We returned to two weeks of Corrie Hayley-homerecorded so feasted on two or three episodes a night to get caught up. Hayley and Roy’s story has been painfully wonderful and wonderfully painful. Nice to see Ozzy the dog have a star turn in Audrey’s story of being a houseguest, a welcome one for Ozzy and Liam, not so much for Maria and Marcus. Ozzy also came to Max’s birthday party. It seemed to me the fastest way to get Max out of his sulks would have been to take Ozzy upstairs to him.

Downfall of Karl

has-karl-got-to-do-with-itThe scene for me, from this week, was Dev and Jason deciding which of them would confront Karl. The big story of the week, of course, was the downfall of Karl.

The long scene where Craig tells his story was brilliantly done. From having-a-cigthe first part where Beth literally hauls Craig to Dev’s shop through to her realization that the situation is much more serious than him stealing sweets or Dev maligning her child and then to Beth and Dev listening with horror as Craig tells all.

When Jason comes in and Dev says “we’ve got him”, both are quietly pleased that they were vindicated in their suspicions. Jason wants to head to the registry office and save Sunita was mother-of-my-childrenStella – he was involved with her, he tells Dev. Dev quietly trumps that card, “and Sunita was the mother of my children”. Both men showed the strength of their dignity and sorrow in this scene, with neither flailing about nor shouting.

Stella needs rescue

stella pounds on doorEventually, both do ride to Stella’s rescue. And she needs it. One of those police officers ought to suggest a refresher course to her on how to get out of your own premises in a hurry. During the fire, she was unable to open the upstairs window either by unlocking and lifting it or by breaking it. This time, trying to get out the front door, she pounded at the glass right beside the lock. A quick turn of that knob and she’d have been outside.

Somehow the finale of the story was unsatisfying. I don’t know exactly why or how. That Dev, regaining consciousness after the blow to his head, sent a text to Jason – even signing it – seemed odd. Wouldn’t a 999 call be more likely? And we didn’t see Craig again after the detective took him in to give his karl-saves-craigstatement. It really was Craig’s story. And presumably it was what he said that caused the police to arrive at the pub.

Even a moment in the interview room with the detective realizing his story was credible would have been enough. It also was Karl’s story. Perhaps another moment in the cellar when he realizes he has no choice but to give himself up would have explained to us why exactly he chose to come outside.

karl-and-stellaI am sorry to lose Karl. He played a wonderful villain. But he would have been an excellent long-term layabout in the tradition of Stan Ogden and Jack Duckworth. We have had a lot of villains in recent years and not so many of the classic Corrie idlers. I think Karl could have become one of the greats.

Karl Cam

karl camMy favourite camera shots ever were at the end of last week: first Karl then Gloria* looming into the faces of the two unlikeliest school “bullies” in the world. I was delighted that Corrie Canuck made a “Karl cam”.

*For reasons unknown to me, CBC’s online episode cut the final moment that had Gloria frightening the children.  What, another programme is going to start?

Corrie Street Sept 1/13

The Go-To Guy

one-lousy-fagIf ever an argument was made for the value of civics education in schools, it was Craig’s face as Karl told him what would happen if he confessed to throwing a still-lit cigarette butt away. That butt, Craig believes, started the fire that burned down the Rovers and killed two people. Murder, Karl told him, means years in juvenile detention, then transferal to an adult prison for 30, 40 years, heartbreak for his mother, and suicide as the only way out.

go to guy Karl did-you-wake-up-that-dayWhen Craig first told Karl the secret that was bothering him, Karl told him the truth, mostly. The butt didn’t start the fire. Sunita did according to the police, so it was not Craig’s fault. Still, Craig wanted to confess. He started the fire, he said over and over, he murdered those women. If you didn’t plan it beforehand, Karl said, it’s an accident so don’t worry about it. It’s not your fault. Call me anytime.

Despite Karl’s assurances, Craig feels so guilty he wants to tell the police and let them decide whether or not driving-me-crazyhe is a criminal. Karl has trouble keeping up his best friend and go-to guy façade in the face of Craig’s determination to make a clean breast of it. If it were only Craig carelessly disposing of a butt, Karl likely wouldn’t care. The problem is that Craig saw Karl leaving the back door of the Rovers and locking up behind him at the time when he supposedly was in the Bistro doing the Full Monty.

“Boy-Prison”

am-a-nobodyAs Thursday’s scene in Karl’s car progressed, I wondered how he was going to convince Craig to keep schtum. Neither reassurances nor allusions to the rigours of ‘boy-prison’ were working. What will Karl tell him next? Will he tell him that he will hang for the crime? Craig may well not know the difference.

And yes! Karl leaned in closer and best-way-you-can-face-upsaid you’re right, it was your fault, you are a murderer. And he began piling on the list of punishment ahead of Craig. He painted a vivid picture.

It was horrible to watch that poor gormless boy be scared witless. It was also laugh-out-loud funny. Karl does the friendly/scary looming thing very well. He honestly doesn’t want to hurt anyone. But if backed in a corner, well, not a lot of choice.

Excuses for Stella

carry-your-secretKarl is having to dream up excuses for Stella while dealing with a child carrying a load of guilt. That guilt could be Karl’s own undoing, something he can’t explain to Stella as he goes AWOL from Rovers work and wedding preparation events. He is ready to pop from the pressure.

It is, my husband reminded me, similar to John Stape coming unglued as one after another coincidence occurred to foil what seemed like a perfect plan to cover up lies and deaths – good-ladall because he just wanted to teach. Karl thought he had successfully got away with murder and now a young boy unknowingly threatens to topple his whole happily-ever-after. The go-to guy has to get up and take action.

(Here is my take on my favourite John Stape moment.)

Corrie Street Jun. 30/13

Understanding Changes

Another week when it’s difficult to choose one scene only. Is it the new producer or just timing of storyline arcs? Or, with student david listening on stairssummer holidays at hand, are they clearing out old stories to make way for ones involving young people? Even the oh-who-cares Ryan and Katy story is looking interesting with them maybe moving into Owen’s flat, cozily being “just the three of us.”

Psycho-Dave is about to return with the revelation by Gail and Kylie that he overheard. Tina is the only true believer in her closed-loop argument that she has to keep the money paid her for the baby so that she can fight said baby’s parents in court to keep him. A lot of changes and not much logic at work in those stories.

Mystery of the condiments

in-heaven-and-earthBut Roy stresses the importance of a clear and open mind. An orderly hand are mysteriously realigning his condiments. That, he says, leaves Anna out – the Jackson Pollock of the griddle he calls her for her free-form approach to culinary art. So if it’s not Anna and not Sylvia, Hayley or Roy himself, who is it? The spirit world maybe? But Roy is not buying that. Logic, he says, provides answers.

Earth is understandable in substantive terms he says when Sylvia falls back on the mysteries of heaven and earth as an explanation for everything not understandable. Heaven is the recourse of those “unable to cope with their own mortality” he says. He prefers a logical approach to apparent mysteries, he tells Sylvia as he goes over to serve Dev and Steve.

Mystery of Sunita’s keys

keys-were-onRoy is just in time to hear them discussing the mystery of Sunita’s keys. Keys to the pub were found in her hospital room and keys are listed on the inventory of her belongings when she was taken to hospital. But, Roy asks, were they the same keys? If there was nothing indicating pub or house or car keys, how can you be sure that the inventoried keys were the same as the pub keys later found by the police?

you-are-a-geniusDev is gobsmacked. He’d never thought of that, and off he went on a renewed quest. Elementary, my dear Dev, Roy might have said. But in trying to understand his own puzzle, Roy could have caused Dev’s death.

Risk of solving puzzles

Karl, hearing about Dev’s new plan to find out exactly what the inventoried keys looked like, knows that cannot happen. So, on the pretext of offering solace, he goes to Dev’s. He slips gloves on before he enters. He best-for-you understanding changessees a golf trophy of Aadi’s handy to where Dev sits poring over his time-line graph of Sunita’s movements. Trophy grasped in his gloved hand, Karl tells Dev it’s pointless to hash and rehash this. Let it go mate. And Dev says ok, you’re right, I have to stop.

Karl replaces the trophy on the sideboard and takes his leave. Back in the ginnel, he throws up, so overwrought is he with what he was about to do. Craig and Beth see him. Craig also saw something the night of the fire. He hasn’t told anyone what it is. But now? Seeing Karl in that same ginnel again acting oddly, will he realize he has the missing piece of a puzzle?

The Taoist book of divination is called the I Ching or The Book of Changes. Many changes at hand on the Street. Despite Roy’s faith in the power of logic, a combination of divination, if not Divine intervention, along with logic may be needed to sort them out.

Coronation Street Apr. 28/13

Local Hero

Karl the local hero, having a hard time with doing everything right while really he’s done I-know-how-you-feel karl local heroeverything wrong. He has been hailed as a hero since he attempted to pull Stella out of the burning Rovers. Of course, it was actually Paul who hauled her out, then Toni went in for Karl and died before she could get out herself. But especially for Gloria and Stella, Karl’s the hero. So that’s all right because he did it all for Stella anyway.

Asha-feetHe’s praised now, after the fire, for other reasons too. He has been wonderful with Sunita’s twins. They may not have liked him much when he lived with their mother and them, but he’s done wonders for Asha this week. Reassuring her that her mother was a good person and that she had nothing to do with setting the fire at the Rovers.

Asha-in-shedDev may not have liked Karl much either. It was Karl for whom Sunita left him. But seeing how he has helped Asha come to terms with her mother’s death and seeing as how he was willing to put aside his traumatic experience in the fire (being a hero) and come to Sunita’s funeral for Dev’s sake, even Dev has to admit that Karl’s a stand-up guy.

Right now Karl could get away with anything in Weatherfield, his standing is so high. He could get away with murder. Wait – that’s exactly what he’s done. Police accept that Sunita likely started the Rovers’ fire and she likely died by accident or suicide. The case is closed. Karl got away with arson and murder.

Asha-opening-door

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explaining to Sunita’s kids

But those kids! Having to look at them trying to make sense of their mother’s death and life. Seeing Dev’s desperation in trying to understand why his knowledge of Sunita and the facts as the police give them don’t add up. Dev trying to explain to his children that Mummy had nothing to do with the fire, no matter where she was found, no matter what Simon or anyone else says. Seeing the gratitude in all Alahan eyes, so relieved at his words of understanding, of solidarity.

I-miss-my-mummyIn the back garden, he tells Asha unconditionally that her mother had nothing to do with the fire. She believes him, probably wants to anyway. But Karl is so convincing about it that she has no room left for doubt. The irony is that he is telling her the absolute truth. And he is the only living being that knows it.

I think he would have cracked with Asha. I not-her-fault-was-itthink he would have told her if she had asked why he was sure, how he knew Mummy didn’t do it. What Asha would have done with that information if he had, I don’t know. But I’m sure she would have listened and let him tell her.

Not like Stella when he nearly told her the truth at Sunita’s funeral. As an adult and a mother, feeling her job is always to comfort and console, she wouldn’t let him talk. She Asha-and-Karl-in-yardgot too busy saying you’re not to blame, no need to feel guilt. There there, it will all be ok. Sometimes the ability to just shut up and let someone talk can pay big dividends. This would have been one of them.

Coronation Street Apr. 7/13

Devastated

I’m going against the tide of what I’ve read this past week. I’m picking Dev, with the doctor who tells him the seriousness of Sunita’s condition and with Karl in her hospital room.

too-early-to-tell dev hears sunita's prognosisWith the doctor, Dev doesn’t want to hear her words. He acts like if he continues to question and refute what she is saying, he will force her to say what he wants to hear. When he unwillingly acknowledges that the doctors cannot do anything to bring her around, he uses threats. He will get a second opinion, he will sue them for everything they’re worth, etc.

we-are-doingThis is Dev, the personal and professional of him. He wears his ego, and heart, on his sleeve. He projects the image, at least to himself, of big time operator. A man who can afford the best and takes nothing from nobody – that’s what he wants people to see. That’s the Dev he needs to get him through this horrible news: that there’s nothing to do but wait and hope, and the odds are against her.

Talking to Karl

at-the-cinemaLater, at Sunita’s bedside, talking about the movie he and the kids went to. The ticket they had for Sunita. He’s talking to her while directing his words to Karl. He talks about what happened in the lobby, but not what he thought. Probably he was angry, watching his kids reluctant to go into the show in case mummy turned up.

maybe-mummy-will-comeAt that moment, his resentment was about her letting the kids down. But he has been resentful and angry toward her for a long time, since he found out about her affair with Karl. He got over that and would have taken her back but she rebuffed him. Then she wanted back with him, but couldn’t say she loved him. He unhappily turned his back on her. Just as he is rethinking that decision, she is seriously injured. Now he can’t tell her he loves her and wants tangles-us-all-upher back, no matter what.

So he just keeps telling her and anyone else around, trying to force her to consciousness by denying nay-sayers like the doctors. Even Karl, the man who betrayed him with her, is ok as a sounding-board, as a way to talk to Sunita.

Force of will

Dev lives in extremes and believes his own press.  He his-face-just-lookingbelieves his image of himself as a player. By force of will, he believes, he can have everything turn out right. He does not do this in a subtle way; there has never been anything subtle about the outward Dev. The subtlety in Dev’s character is in how important it is for his self-image that others believe in it too. If others do not see him as The Man, powerful and sexy, he loses it.  Suaveness becomes bravado, sensitivity becomes buffoonery.

just-look-at-herSo we see a bereft Dev, willing Sunita to live by talking about her with the man who stole her from him then cast her aside. Even if he’d looked up at Karl, standing stone-faced behind him, I doubt Dev could have taken himself out of his battle of will for Sunita’s well-being and seen that, really, all Karl wants is for Sunita to die. That is the only way to ensure that the secret of Karl’s arson is kept.

Coronation Street Mar. 31/13

White Cliffs of Dover

got-all-the-luckA lot of stories coming to a head this week – Katy and Chesney, Sunita and Dev. But the big one is the Rovers’ fire.

Karl has tried to ruin anything and everything for Jason. He sees him as responsible for all his woes. So he sabotaged Jason’s plumbing repairs by deliberately taking out the electricity. I knew that the Rovers was going to burn, due to a comment on a spoiler-free site that unfortunately hadn’t been deleted. I tried to forget. But it was difficult to do with Karl melting down and spraying water on a fuse panel. So I figured it would be an electrical fire.

Then the candles came out for a cozy evening at the Rovers. Fire caused by a candle accidentally Episode_391-9-Sep-1964-coronationstreet.wikia.com_wikior deliberately knocked over, I thought. Oh no, Rita is there, Dennis, Mrs. Bishop, Sylvia. They can’t have them caught in a fire. Them reminiscing about the Blitz  and singing songs in bomb shelters. I expected someone to mention Ena Sharples and the time in 1964 when they took cover in a shelter due to an unexploded bomb found in Albert Tatlock’s back garden. But they didn’t.

Blitz nostalgia

some-sunny-dayHowever, Rita did sing “There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover.”  They all sang. Tommy Duckworth sat with them. A nice touch I thought, having a young’un and grandson of Jack and Vera singing with them. Maybe it was hokey, but I cried all the way through it. Sylvia saved it from being too sentimental, observing that the war is overrated in nostalgia; “all powdered eggs and Spam” in reality.

best-night-in-agesAs the singing, chat and laughter continued, Karl looked less and less happy as he lurked at the bar. When Rita told Jason what a lovely evening they were having due to ‘his’ mistake, Karl looked fit to be tied. If a candle doesn’t start the fire tonight, Karl will.

But no, another day passes and Karl’s need for revenge grows. He sees Stella and Jason canoodling and talking about their new partnership in the Rovers. So Karl steps up his efforts to make Jason look incompetent. During the Full Monty show at the Bistro, he ducks out after his number and enters the Rovers with keys he earlier lifted from Jason’s jacket. Sunita sees him and follows him in. She is on the cellar Karl-and firestairs as he throws a soaked cloth into the newly repaired electrical panel. “What are you doing?” she asks. Arson, he doesn’t need to say.

Karl has tried everything to make Jason look bad and each time, somehow, Jason comes out of it smelling of roses. In reality, all Karl had to do was wait. Jason has given up his business in return for working with Stella in the pub. That job would last only as long as they are together. Jason’s name is never going to be over the door as landlord, despite the jibes made by Gloria and others. Stella will tire of Jason’s immaturity and he will tire of her waspish remarks about it.

But Karl wants vengeance now and his plans aren’t working. My husband said it reminded him of a rather dreadful comedy he watched, Let’s Go To Prison, in which a guy devoted his life to revenge on another and everything he did just candles-and-Karlmade life better for his target. Same for Karl.

I think Karl could have become a great Coronation Street male in the tradition of Stan Ogden and Jack Duckworth. Work-shy and a bit of a bounder, but at heart a decent man. I am sorry to see that man gone.