Lockdown 3 – The Miracle Of Science

James Proclaims (4)

And so here we are in another lockdown. It is officially ‘Lockdown 3’ in England, and we must distinguish between the UK and England, because other parts of the UK have been doing things differently, but with, it must be said, similar levels of success. Which is to say hardly any success at all.

‘Lockdown 2’ was really a half-hearted affair in which schools stayed open and it only lasted a month. If ‘Lockdown 1’ was the cinematic event of 2020, then ‘Lockdown 2’ was a straight to DVD affair, looking to cash in on the success of the first movie in time for Christmas. Of course there have also been the intervening ‘Tiers’ but I like to think of the tier system as a kind of spinoff TV series to the Lockdown movies. Sure, they were entertaining in their own way, but they didn’t have the same budget or narrative and sometimes the plot was a bit confusing.

‘Lockdown 3’ looks like the sequel to ‘Lockdown 1’ that we were all hoping for, in that it promises to be bigger and better than any of the Lockdowns that have gone before. We have a new bad guy in the form of ‘The New Variant’ but also an new hero in the form of the Vaccines. Of course they’re still running with the plot lines surrounding the decimation of the UK economy, the disruption to children’s education and the increasing divide between the most disadvantaged and the most privileged in our society, but to be fair those have all been cornerstones of the ‘Lockdown’ narrative since the beginning, so it only seems right that they continue to be incorporated into this latest story.

I am excited about ‘Lockdown 3’ but I don’t know if it can really ever live up to the out and out brilliance of ‘Lockdown 1’, which gave us not only the jeopardy of our actual Prime Minister failing to follow basic Covid 19 protocols, which resulted in him being the first world leader to be hospitalised with the virus, but also the incredible adventures of Dominic Cummings, which might have stretched the story beyond all credibility had the groundwork not already been laid by one of the most incompetent governments in living memory.

Of course Boris Johnson has signed on for ‘Lockdown 3’ but this time there will be no Cummings. We will still have Matt Hancock, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Rishi Sunak and the inimitable Priti Patel all playing the same roles that they have for all of the Lockdowns and associated Tier systems, but I wonder if there is room for a new breakout star.

Regardless, whether ‘Lockdown 3’ truly lives up to the hype or not, it is refreshing to see a much beloved franchise being given a new lease of life.

Let me know your thoughts on ‘Lockdown 3’ in the comments below and as always:

Stay safe and be guided by ‘The Science’

  29 comments for “Lockdown 3 – The Miracle Of Science

  1. January 6, 2021 at 8:17 am

    I love the thought of the franchise, like Jaws or Rocky or Die Hard (apt?)1,2,3, and the straight to DVD idea. However I’m not a fan of Boris’ Tory BluRay Productions. To me they’re all easily reduced to cartoon form. It all reminds me of Rocky and Bullshitter anyways.

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      They do stretch credibility but I enjoy them on a ‘so bad it’s good’ basis.

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  2. January 6, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I think the setting should be off world and introduce Elon Musk as a lovable rogue villain.
    We could then be guided by the science fiction.

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  3. January 6, 2021 at 8:44 am

    On second thoughts, how about a prequel that explores what was old normal so that we can better understand the new normal that is now in fact become the new old normal? Then, going forward the franchise could be extended indefinitely as new new normals unfold, a bit like the X Files.

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      The franchise is looking like it might go on indefinitely…

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  4. January 6, 2021 at 8:47 am

    I like how they’ve managed to give the baddy an international appeal by giving it the power to break out from it’s origin story into a worldwide context, and there’s the tantalising development of the anti-hero South African just casually walking in at the end there too… oh sorry.. spoilers!

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      I don’t think you could ever spoil ‘Lockdown 3’ given that so much of it was derivative and entirely predictable to begin with

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  5. January 6, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Always room to bring back Chris Grayling for a cameo…

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      The addition of Grayling at this point would be comedy gold

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  6. January 6, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Lockdown three will no doubt be as well received as Independence Day 2. It really is a case of diminishing returns. As long as there is alcohol, no doubt it will be survivable.

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      Alcohol would appear to be the key. Pretty bad year for Dry January participation.

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  7. January 6, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I’m sure there’s room here for a new genre. I haven’t worked out the detail but I see a generation of films moving through the centuries from Genghis Khan, through Churchill, to Boris, and I’m sure that Matt Lucas would have to be involved too!

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      Matt Lucas is on the DVD extras

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  8. January 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    🇨🇦 has traveling politicians who can cross borders and vacation on beaches while we can’t see Grandma in the nursing home or socialize with extended family over Xmas. Lockdown 2 (3? 76?) is going super well. I claim this by glancing at the surging stats.

    Whatever.

    I love how you put it with the movie analogy. Very clever! ❤️

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  9. January 6, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Lockdown 3 seems to have been released without much obvious pre-publicity – they must be confident that they’re onto a good thing with this franchise …

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      To be fair it is a classic

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  10. January 6, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I love science. It creates such an unpredictable element in these storylines.

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      We would be nowhere without the science that has guided us this far

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  11. January 6, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    I’m not sure about #3 Boris went to the hospital during #1 and I just don’t think that excitement can be matched. I could be wrong I’m just an American and our president doesn’t believe in viruses even though he had it.

    Laugh On

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    • January 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      Your current president doesn’t seem to believe in much at all. Rest assured our Boris will find a way to make Lockdown 3 even more compelling. The man is a genius at this kind of thing

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  12. January 7, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I must admit that I breezed through Lockdowns I & II, doing my own little bit where I could and being stoic and all of that kind of stuff. I was a bit of a hero, to tell the truth, I don’t think I once bought more toilet roll than I actually needed and I drank only in moderation (if you count me as a small continent). Lockdown III is, I’m afraid, a different kettle of fish: it started, I was ‘retired’ and I turned 62 within a couple of days and ‘bam!’, triple whammy. I have a week or so of finished posts, but currently the well seems to have dried up. I cannot seem to think my way through or around it all atm. Ah well, at least I am doing my bit for the Scottish economy by buying the water of life and, as far as I yet know, there are no DIY projects in the offing. Things could be worse…

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    • January 7, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      We can all take comfort in the fact that things could be worse, secure in the knowledge that soon they probably will be…

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  13. January 7, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I think this post is brilliant. I’m supposed to be back with “full frontal” teaching on Monday, but I just checked and it looks like our numbers are going up again. No doubt we too are now dealing with “The New Variant”. Our province has teachers far down on the list. Since I once taught the Minister of Health in this province, I’m wondering if he’s evening up the score.

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    • January 7, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      I wonder if ‘The New Variant’ has been a little overstated here and our problem has always been that our government somewhat underestimated ‘The Original Variant’. But I would definitely maintain a healthy suspicion of the Minister of Health if I was you…

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