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  1. That was a weird episode, with Tom seeming to go into a fugue state or something every so often. I get that they were setting up his retirement, but it was unsettling. At first I thought he was having a stroke or something.
  2. I'm glad you liked it! I also listened to the first episode today. You can tell they are super fans! Spoilers galore, so for anyone who hasn't watched the show, be aware of that. I thought they were a little hard on Troy, but I have to admit he wasn't the best in that first episode. he grew on me. I like how they mention the other roles played by some of the guest stars. Supposedly they're going to talk about locations, too, which I would love. The villages are one of my favorite parts of MM.
  3. I just discovered there's a podcast! Midsomer Maniacs I haven't listened yet, so I can't vouch for it. Definitely going to check it out!
  4. Well, I finished all of Midsomer Murders. I miss it. Granted that the last couple of seasons weren't as good, but it still had the basic ingredients of setting and premise. I could have done without the emphasis on John Barnaby's home life. I could also have done without the sparring and attempts at UST between the various sidekicks and the female MEs. Is it me, or did the mysteries become ever more convoluted as the show went on? A bit darker as well, perhaps? There were a few in the last two seasons where the story was so grim that it jarred me when the end theme music came on (too lighthearted.) Still, I wish there were more episodes. If anyone has a suggestion for a series with this particular vibe - rural or small-town England setting, not too gritty or depressing, some humor - I'd love to hear it. Series I've already watched include Morse, Lewis, Miss Marple and Poirot, Death in Paradise, Agatha Raisin. I've dipped into Grantchester and Father Brown but am not really grabbed by them.
  5. Right? I listened to the podcast from This American Life after watching the series. Both foster mothers are interviewed. It really came off like Peggy (Judith) had some issues with Marie to begin with, because she jumped to conclude that Marie was lying. The so-called "evidence" of Marie "acting weird" was incredibly weak. I mean how are you supposed to act? Being detached seems to me like a classic coping mechanism after trauma. The other foster mother at least had the grace to admit they may have fed each other's suspicions. As of the time of the podcast, with all the facts known, Peggy was still complaining about Marie's weird behavior. Unbelievable (pun intended). I suppose I should allow that Peggy lived with Marie for a couple of years, and I only know her from a few quotes on a podcast, and a fictionalized version of her life. So maybe there's background for Peggy making those conclusions. But if she really, truly had doubts, she should have tried to talk to Marie. NOT gone to the police. That was simply officious. In the podcast, it is stated clearly that her phone call is what caused them to stop investigating the rape.
  6. Dang it, looks like Midsomer has disappeared from Netflix. And my Britbox deal has only a few weeks left. Also: I'm well into the Neil Dudgeon episodes. He's all right, but the show has become so cutesy since his wife came on the scene. They exchange sitcom-like dialogue that makes me yearn for the conversations between Tom and Joyce (and that is saying something). The entire show has a different feel to it, I can't quite put my finger on it. I am up to the Christmas Haunting episode.
  7. I thought this wrapped up really well. Even though it uses a lot of rom-com cliches, I give the show props for not rushing the reconciliation between Ainsley/Kash and Ainsley/Maya. Being left at the altar has to rank as one of the biggest humiliations ever. You don't get over it in a hurry. Having your best friend be the reason for that humiliation - ditto, if not more so. I don't know if I could ever be friends again with someone who jilted me like Kash jilted Ainsley, and this is only 3 years down the road. Sure, you can say he did her a favor, because they weren't suited to one another. But the fact remains. He should have voiced his doubts privately and much sooner. As for Maya, if I thought my best friend stole my fiance on the eve of my wedding, it'd take more than a year for me to be reconciled to that. So Ainsley was acting petty and hung up, but they gave a realistic explanation for that. Another wedding brought it all back. I'm glad they didn't smooth over all the rough edges from the whole mess. And when Ainsley finally did forgive Maya, it was sweet and credible. My only quibble is that the show did make it seem like Kash fell for Maya and that caused the breakup. There wasn't much time to establish anything negative about his relationship with Ainsley. Just, maybe, the tiniest of hints. Most of his angst seemed to be directed at his job. So when he told Ainsley that Maya wasn't the cause, it seemed a little out of left field. One of my favorite scenes in this episode was when Giles tearfully asked if loving Duffy was disloyal to his father. That's how a kid really might think. Like I said, it's a rom-com and it's kind of cliched, but they rise above the tropes with some genuine emotions. Count me among those who enjoyed seeing Marcus as Maya's campaign manager. Maybe the next series can feature Marcus and his friends. I like the vibe of the show and would like another season, but the story of these couples has been told. I don't want it ruined by having them break up/make up.
  8. I upped for the recent sale on 3 months of Britbox, starting to seem like a really good decision. I am just to the episode where the second Inspector Barnaby is introduced as Tom's cousin in Brighton (The Sword of Guillaume). It's a pretty grisly episode with some shock moments beyond what I'm accustomed to in this series.
  9. Andrew only proposed like that because of thinking he had to vote for the hard borders bill. If Tony2 married him, Tony2 wouldn't be subject to deportation. Not to say Andrew wasn't sincere, but the circumstances are what pushed him to take that step so suddenly. This show has some corny and predictable aspects for sure, but at least they didn't soft-pedal Ainsley's reaction to Maya and Kash. Like, make her be instantly forgiving because she's found real love herself. I'm sure she'll get there next week, but at least she had a realistic initial response. Gemma and Duffy deserve one another. That's not meant as a compliment.
  10. It's the last one that gets me. What a senseless exchange between the two of them. Why does he need to pretend he know she meant the billboard? How would he know that unless she gestured? Why is she so snarky in her rely? It's dumb and annoying.
  11. The scene where Ainsley goes to Dylan McDermott's place (LOL can't remember the character's name) is the scene where Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, with genders reversed.
  12. I agree that Andrew/Tony is seeming a little abrupt, but I enjoy both actors, so I'll let it slide. I can't take much more of Duffy. He had one good moment, when he gave Maya an out on the relationship. But he's reneged on that ever since. And why? Because he found the letter and misunderstood it. That's not Maya's fault! Then, his sulking behavior to everyone else is so ridiculous. He's lucky to have kept his job. Who tells their boss that they can't perform their duties because of a failed relationship anyway? The Nicholas Sparks gag was a bit too forced.
  13. Anyone here watch the original Forsyte Saga? Last night I watched an MM episode (Small Mercies) featuring two of the regulars - Margaret Tyzack (Winifred Forsyte) and Caroline Blakiston (Marjorie Ferrar). I can't recall if they ever shared screen time on Forsyte - probably not. Anyway, it was fun to see them both. I have seen Caroline in several shows, Poldark and maybe even an earlier Midsomer, but I don't recall seeing Margaret since the old BBC Marple series, where I seem to recall she was in Nemesis.
  14. This is fun to watch. Like everyone's saying, it's something different for TV, a rom-com series. I saw the movie back in the day and couldn't care less if they simply borrowed the title and the basic concept. In fact, I prefer that. And no doubt the title helped to get it green-lit. I mostly like the cast - a little of Zara goes a long way for me - and I can roll with the tropes because it's lovely to look at and, like I said, fun. The pairings are proving a tad convenient (Fatima and Bash?), but if it's a one-season-and-done, I guess that has to happen. Thank goodness Duffy had his epiphany when he did. I don't think I could have watched the cringe-fest of a declaration. His character seems pretty thankless for the actor, but it's being carried off reasonably well. Now Ainsley has to get together with her new client, and the way will be paved for Maya and Kash. Predictable but still fun to watch.
  15. I binged four episodes of this today, first time in a long time I've done that. I groaned a bit at the obviousness of Episode 1, but the cast and the overall vibe have sucked me in. Like someone else said, it has a definite feel of Love, Actually (more than Four Weddings IMO). Quentin was growing on me, so I'm really sorry to see him go. Gemma now seems more real; previously her character seemed a bit cartoony snob. Great to see Patricia Hodge as Quentin's mother (and Andie MacDowell as Ainsley's!) I'll be looking forward to this one.
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