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 144 x The Father Brown Mysteries



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meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
Lots of stuff ended,this week, either for the season, or forever.

1. My opinion of Agent Carter was pretty consistent throughout. I enjoyed it, I want more of it, but was consistently disappointed in how it chose to present 1946. If there is a second season, I hope they have Angie becoming a spy, or at least getting involved in that part of Peggy's life. (I actually thought they might start to go there, at one point.) Really I just hope they develop her more. I like her a lot, but am aware that, without carryover feelings from Nikita, I'd mostly just find her amusing.

2. Sleepy Hollow never regained the charm of the first season, though it did improve somewhat in the second half, despite problems. The finale had some very fun parts, and the end set up good possibilities if the show gets removed, however...

spoilers )

3. This season of Parks and Rec is the only one I've followed as it aired, as opposed to binging on the whole season. I'm sure a lot of people didn't like the time jump, but it's one of the few times I think a time jump was actually a good idea, and things had really gotten a bit stale in some areas in the last couple of seasons. Aside from that one realtionship that should never be fractured being fractured at the beginning of the season, I really enjoyed the season, and mostly enjoyed the finale. really, there were only 2 things about the finale that I didn't like.

spoilers )

4. Empire is still great. There are things in it that I have issues with, and when my coworkers find out I watch it, every single one of them says they didn't think it was the kind of show i'd like. And really, they're right? It isn't my normal kind of show, but Taraji Henson as Cookie makes everything better, though I am starting to get attached to other characters.

5. The 100 is also still great, and recent developments have certainly been interesting. Apparently, I even like Jasper again? I'm starting to get a feeling of dread about the next few episodes, though.

6. How to Get Away With Murder went from a show I appreciated but didn't think I'd get invested in to one that I felt I had to brace and prepare myself for this week. The finale was mostly amazing, but the very long, lovingly filmed choking scene was right up there with the scene that kept switching between the autopsy and the sex scene earlier in the season. SIGH. It's getting a second season, to no one's surprise, and I'm thrilled, despite my yech-ness over that part.

7. A week or so ago, I also watched the first season of Grantchester which is a mystery series set in the 50s in which a strapping young vicar (who has PTSD from the war, is a borderline alcoholic, and is in love with an upper class girl who's finally given up on waiting for him to make a move) teams up with an atheist inspector to solve crime.

The relationship between the leads went something like this:
EPISODE ONE:
VICAR: So, uhm, for reasons I cannot disclose, I believe the guy who committed suicide was actually murdered.
INSPECTOR: This is a very bad sports week for me, so you have very bad timing. Also your evidence is circumstantial and your theories aren't that logical.
VICAR: I shall run around visiting people in my concerned vicarly way, and maybe you won't notice that I'm also investigating.
INSPECTOR: I have jail cells, you know. I might introduce you too them once I finish banging my head against this pillar here.
VICAR'S HOUSEKEEPER: I very loudly disapprove of the company he's keeping this week, but you can't lock him up, because he has to write a sermon.

EPISODE TWO:
VICAR: Inspector, I know that this murder involves my sister, as well as the woman I'm pretending not to be in love with, and her friends and family, and you think my sister's boyfriend did it, but I promise not to interfere this time.
INSPECTOR: Actually, it's a funny thing. Did you know people are more willing to talk to vicars than inspectors? Especially vicars who they know? Especially when it's a bunch of young ladies having a handsome young man wanting to make everything ever better for them? Wanna come?
VICAR: YES PLEASE. I mean, uhm, I know I don't act like it, but I actually do have a full time job that's important, and NO WAIT I AM COMING.
VICAR'S HOUSEKEEPER: You will have him home by dinner, and then he will write his sermons.

EPISODE THREE:

INSPECTOR: Hey. vicar, did you know there was another murder?
VICAR: No, that is awful.
INSPECTOR: Come along, then.
VICAR: Come what now?
INSPECTOR: Funny thing, but people STILL seem to be more comfortable talking to handsome young vicars than grumpy middleaged inspectors.
VICAR: But, I mean, I really do have a job and-are you actually dragging me away?
INSPECTOR: FUNNY THING, THERE'S A MURDER INVESTIGATION, AND PEOPLE ARE MORE COMFORTABLE TALKING TO VICARS THAN THE POLICE!
VICAR: But my parishioners!
VICAR'S HOUSEKEEPER: The dead man was one of those, you know.
VICAR: Who's side are you on, anyway?
VICAR'S HOUSEKEEPER: God's.
VICAR: But my sermons!
VICAR'S HOUSEKEEPER: Funny thing, I JUST finished helping your new curate settle in to his new bedroom.

It was a bit odd watching it a couple weeks after watching the third series of Father Brown, which is set around the same time and features a catholic priest and his friends and sidekicks running around, solving murders and annoying the local inspector. Between the two, I do think Father Brown is better (but it's not exactly a fair comparison since I've seen 6 episodes of Grantchester and around 40 of Father Brown) but Grantchester is certainly a more fannish type of show.
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Very loosely based on the G.K. Chesterton short stories (which i have not read, nor have I seen the 1974 series, though they both lurk somewhere on my "get to eventually" list) but with a drastically altered setting (1950s Cotswold).

Father Brown is a middle-aged Roman Catholic priest who runs around solving crime, relying mostly on intuition. When people ask what a priest knows about criminals, he politely points out that he's spent a significant chunk of the last few decades sitting in a box while people tell him all about the bad things they've done. (Not his exact wording, but the general idea of it.)

His chief sidekicks are Mrs. McCarthy, the gossipy parish secretary who goes everywhere except the bathroom with Father Brown (Partly because that's where the gossip is, but also partly because the man cannot take care of himself for 10 minutes if left to his own devices), Lady Felicia Montague, a bored socialite who has a husband who doesn't seem to mind that she has a steady stream of lovers, and Sid, a semi-reformed petty crook who is Lady Felicia's chauffeur and a general odd-job man (Common scene "Sid, I cannot do this illegal thing and do not approve of you doing illegal things but if I just happen to be looking the other way and you do this illegal thing for THE GREATER GOOD, I promise not to notice that the information was acquired in this illegal way."). In season 1, there's also Inspector Valentine, a police officer who's worked with Father brown (mostly against his will) off and on for years, and Susie a Polish refugee who is Father's Brown's housekeeper. In series 2, Inspector Valentine is promoted and transferred, and Susie, annoyingly, simply...disappears. I'm less annoyed about Susie being written out (for all I know, Kasia Koleczek left for another show, just like Hugo Speer) than I am that Valentine gets an episode to explain where he went and why, while Susie is simply...never mentioned in series 2, not even a vague reference. Valentine is replaced by Inspector Sullivan, a younger, more by-the-books officer who lacks Valentine's semi-affectionate semi-tolerance for Father Brown.

While the creators are male, a number of the writers are female, and it shows in the writing of the female characters, particularly Lady Felicia, who is never judged by Father Brown or the narrative, though she is sometimes judged by other characters. On the flipside, it...is not particularly enlightened, at times, when it comes to ableism. Far from the worst and probably the writers trying to be semi-true to the attitudes of the times, but there are bits that made me cringe. It also reminds me a bit of a number of 90s period dramas and mysteries where the various guest actors are "average person on the street" attractive, but not as perfect and brushed up as those in a lot of more modern dramas, and a bit more varied in shapes and sizes.

It pretty clearly wants to appeal to the Poirot/Marple/Foyle crowd, and it's not as good as those series (though better written than some of the Marples) but has a good vibe. (Side note: Father Brown's church is called St. Mary's and Miss Marple lives in St. Mary's Mead, which is certainly not the same name, but got me thinking about how the two would get on famously and possibly bond over annoying inspectors.) It isn't revolutionary or particularly unique, but it's very solid and enjoyable.

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