TV Club: Adapt or die (or stay the same) on a great Horace And Pete

Though Charles Darwin never actually said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change,” it’s arguably the most appropriate quote for Horace And Pete. If there’s a central tension in the series, it’s between adaptation and stagnation, between changing with the times and maintaining old traditions. It would be easy for Louis to position the former as inherently better than the latter, but he never frames the tension in such simplistic terms; instead, he shrewdly illustrates the benefits and drawbacks of both options while acknowledging the inevitability of progress. “Episode 1” essentially introduces this conflict by having mouthpieces from both sides state their case, effectively functioning as a meditation on the issue, but “Episode 5” brings it back into the foreground, pointedly exploring the difficulty of moving on while holding onto your roots …

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