Happy Valley: Behind the Kidnapping

Hello everybody! For this week’s Netflix Binge we have the BBC mini-series Happy Valley.



CREATED BY: Sally Wainwright


STARRING: Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, Joe Armstrong, James Norton, Adam Long, Charlie Murphy

GENRE: Crime drama

YEAR: 2014-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

p01xrs9cCatherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. When a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home.

Oh look, yet another Netflix “original”. Sorry about all of these y’all, I just try to give each series that Netflix puts out a chance, since most of the time they know what they are doing. Most of the time. Luckily, this is one of those times. I was absolutely thrilled watching Happy Valley, even if it definitely took an episodes for me to really get into it. I was planning on singling out individual cast members for their performances like normal, but they all did well across the board. Way to go Happy Valley! If you are looking for an interesting BBC/Netflix collaboration that is slightly less gruesome than the likes of Luther or The Fall, you have found your series.

Happy-ValleyMy biggest peeve with Happy Valley is the length. Only six episodes! Are you kidding me!?!?!?! I completely understand that it is a mini-series but come on! So are Sherlock and Luther but you don’t see me complaining about their lengths do you? I do want to make a side note as well, as the amount of violence against these police officers is absolutely appalling. Hey England! Let your police officers carry some more lethal weapons to protect themselves!

*Steps down from Soapbox*


  • Netflix original +++
  • Main cast performances.
  • Supporting cast performances.
  • Writing/interesting story.


  • Length.
  • Brutality against police.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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The Fall: Chasing the Spector

Hello everyone! For this week’s tv series show we have the Netflix/BBC collaboration The Fall.



DIRECTED/CREATED BY: Allan Cubitt, Jakob Verbruggen

STARRING: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi


GENRE: Crime Drama, Thriller

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

the_fallMetropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer tasked with the reviewing of investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active for longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast.

Surprise! We have yet another Netflix original (or exclusive, not exactly sure anymore) for you! Another one of BBC’s fantastic crime short series made viewable to us via the great Netflix gods, The Fall is entertaining yet difficult to watch. The main cast performances, particularly Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, are incredibly on point and easily personify each of their respective characters. Their cat and mouse chase is obviously the main focus of the series and it is incredibly enjoyable to watch while hoping Specter gets away.

The-FallI do have to warn you now, the series is incredibly slow moving. Lengthily spread over 11 episodes and two mini series (more like seasons), it could have easily been cut down to one series spanning six episodes. It took me an incredibly long time to watch it, easily growing bored after a mere two episodes. While the series as a whole is one of the better BBC dramas I have seen on Netflix, it lacks due to poor pacing.


  • Main cast performances.
  • British drama.
  • Cat and Mouse game.


  • Length
  • Pacing

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Fargo: Billy Bob Thornton is a Twisted Assassin

Hello everybody! This week we have an interesting pick. The TV mini-series based off of a popular Coen Brothers’ film, Fargo.


STARRING: Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman

DIRECTOR: Noah Howley

GENRE: Crime Drama, Black Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

A drifter named Lorne Malvo arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard.

In January 2006, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) passes through Bemidji, Minnesota, and influences put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) with his malice and violence. Meanwhile, Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Duluth police officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) team up to solve a series of murders they believe may be linked to Malvo and Nygaard.

First off, the main draw to this show for me was the fact that I love Fargo. The film is fantastic and the tv show definitely doesn’t falter either. Martin Freeman (who I don’t particularly like replacing William H Macy) is fantastic in the show. He us evil, demented, yet naive and stupid and the same time. This performance is only followed with Billy Bob Thornton and Alison Tolman who give even better performances in their supporting roles.

The only tidbit complaint I have for this show is that it didn’t follow its source material as much as I would have liked. Also, while the main cast performed beautifully, I wouldn’t have cast any of the main cast in their individual roles. They really most have blown the casting director (out of the water).


  • Main cast performances.
  • Supporting cast performances.
  • Intriguing story.


  • Casting choices.
  • Loosely adapted from original film.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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