Munroe might represent the Republican candidate while Gwendolyn represents the Democratic candidate, and that LibDem guy would be 3rd party. But Waldo is part of something bigger, a worldwide scheme that is more than a political campaign. Waldo is a caricature of comedy, specifically satirical news. Jokes can morph into terror. He later ends up homeless when the Waldo movement goes worldwide and when throwing a beer bottle at a Waldo poster in defiance he ends up being tasered and beaten up by police. Although this is one of the weaker episodes in the second season, the episode had as much if not more to say in its plot and themes. He runs out of the van on which Waldo is being broadcasted and reveals himself to be tuh 1 trew Wahl Doe.
. Jamie and Gwendolyn sleep together, but Gwendolyn is warned by her campaign manager to keep away from Jamie during the campaign. They didn't establish a good reason for him to be miserable, said the A. Especially compared to our protagonist, who's a bitter, alcoholic who, often out of spite, does little more than harass people who are trying to make a difference, including his not-girlfriend, who was too busy with her campaign to date him. This moment represents the Waldo phenomenon being co-opted by the political establishment, and so should be given its due weight.
Waldo soon finds popularity by mouthing off on his rivals and eschewing political correctness for shocking statements. Gwendolyn is an ambitious politician who takes herself very seriously. And we'd slowly see how an anarchistic voice is made, where people follow this cult of personality with unhinged rage and violence. He was one of the first comedians to regularly be vulgar in his routines and publicly denounced the French government, but ran as President of France nonetheless. All too often it seems that representatives are more interested in getting elected, or re-elected, than they are in serving the interests of the public. Waldo the bear is extremely popular with the British public, and a pilot for his own series is commissioned. The production company head off on a campaign trail, projecting Waldo onto a screen on the side of a van and driving to wherever Monroe is campaigning, so Waldo can publicly humiliate him.
When the channel decide they would like to give Waldo his own pilot, the production company enter him into a political race against one of his victims, Conservative Liam Monroe, for a stunt. It is easy enough to see the appeal of this kind of rant against the status quo. Waldo is incredibly popular among the British public. In fact, it's quite far from that. And Waldo was never a very good joke — he knows that keenly.
He even comes second in the poll and goes international. The production company head off on a campaign trail, projecting Waldo onto a screen on the side of a van and driving to wherever Monroe is campaigning, so Waldo can publicly humiliate him. When that happens, it's hard to see meaning when my first thought is riiiiiight. It did for me and I increased the stars accordingly. He is concerned with very little other than making sure that Waldo's name is plastered nearly everywhere and he gets as much money from it as possible. Jamie's personal sadness is largely the effect of his character's inability to control his own life.
The only time throughout the episode's hour-long runtime where Jamie is shown to be not depressed and if he hadn't just straight up said it I genuinely don't think I would have known based on the fact that he sounds just as depressed anyway is right after bonking his campaign rival, Gwendolyn. During a brainstorming session, the people working with Waldo suggest entering the political race. But, rather than trying to use this work of fiction to try to score political points in reality, it is perhaps better to take it as an opportunity to think about questions that pertain to our political life in some separation from the fraught day-to-day of partisan bickering. Politics as it is does not reach out a hand to help that increasingly large and powerful group to join and understand it, nor offer compromise, and as a result becomes more and more precarious in its control. There's the overt anti-politics message, but there's also the general theme about Jaime's success not bringing him any happiness.
Waldo is simply a conglomeration of these voters. Furthermore, he allows the much more powerful rich guy to manipulate him. I don't want to make this a political rant. As a political geek I enjoyed this one, and love its relevance, but I get that the appeal to this one is more limited. Imagine a comedian who's a regular on 4chan, who does that Waldo moment, and continues being the vulgar protest vote candidate.
With Waldo's success in small sections of a late night comedy show, work begins on a pilot until someone has a better idea — get right in the faces of the politicians by standing as an independent in the local midterm by-election. Waldo and Trump can mock the political-media maelstrom by reflecting, perverting, and amplifying everything that people find craven and insubstantial about it. And Waldo could pull it off. A fictional character becomes so popular he runs in a by-election. The terrifying concept about this episode doesn't so much slap you in the face as it does with, say, White Bear, but is a creeping sensation like something chill climbing inside your trouser leg: that modern politics as we know it can be destroyed utterly by someone uniting the votes of those who just don't like politics as it is now. A real life example similar to Waldo is the in Italy. Bush learned that the hard way, Cillizza noted.
Jack suggests to Jamie that politicians may not be necessary at all. The Waldo Moment captures all of the mania that comes with a figure, a joke, a walking talking prank, getting the attention of a public who can be so easily galvanized. That this vile blue bear should become his breakout role is an embarrassment he knows he can never walk away from. This aggravation causes Jamie to angrily rant at every candidate on the panel, accusing them of being more artificial than Waldo is, exposing Gwendolyn as a career politician and stating that the public has lost faith in politicians. The scariest thing is that these things have gone global.
Waldo, a cartoon bear controlled by Jamie Salter, interviews politicians and authority figures in a comedic way. However he suffers from guilt and urges people not to vote for Waldo. Waldo the bear is extremely popular with the British public, and a pilot for his own series is commissioned, but despite the character's success Jamie is depressed and unsatisfied with his life. The ideas here are good and this episode is apparently based on an idea Chris Morris had for his show Nathan Barley, which should give you an idea of what sort of territory we are in. Talk begins of running Waldo as a candidate in the election.