The Darkest Timeline

Several years ago there was an award winning comedy on TV called “Community”. I discovered it late, and binge-watched four years of it in a matter of weeks. It centered around a community college in the US where a class of various mature students had banded together by chance into a spanish study class. It was loosely based on the experiences of Dan Harmon – the writer of the series – after he enrolled in community college to support a girlfriend.


In one of the episodes of “Community”, the same scene is played out several times in a row – which each permutation showing the results of a single action throughout the rest of that day. The “darkest timeline” became a meme as a result – where half the cast ended up injured, incapacitated, or on fire within minutes.

I can’t help think that’s a pretty good description of 2020. We are in the darkest timeline. And we have ourselves to blame – or rather, we have an entirely predictable minority to blame.

This evening the UK has been forced into a national lockdown by the government. You can dress it up any way you want, finger point, blame politicians, shout, complain, and whatever else you want to do – but the main reason we are where we are is because people have pushed guidance to the limit (or ignored it altogether). It’s incredibly frustrating.


For the next month I am not going anywhere, or doing anything outside of these four walls apart from an occasional run around town to maintain a little sanity, and to prevent my backside growing to fit the chair I’m sitting in.

p.s. in anticipation of lockdown, I bought some replica Super Nintendo controllers this afternoon – they arrive tomorrow. Who wants to play Mario with me ?

2 thoughts on “The Darkest Timeline

  1. When I was younger people often referred to Australia as “The lucky country”. That expression went out of favour as we became cynical about our politicians and got a complex about how we don’t measure up to the rest of the world. Right now, being able to go about my day without fear of dying and knowing my elderly relatives are very safe going about theirs I think we need to resurrect that idea.


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