Happy Valley: Behind the Kidnapping

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

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CREATED BY: Sally Wainwright

NO. OF EPISODES: Six

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*

PROS:

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

CONS:

  • Length.
  • Brutality against police.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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Luther: Boy Does He Have Anger Issues

Hello everybody! Today we have the BBC police procedural mini series Luther.

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CREATED BY: Neil Cross

STARRING: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown, Steven Mackintosh, Indira Varma, Saskia Reeves, Paul McGann, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Aimee-Ffion Edwards. David O’Hara, Sienna Guillory

NO. OF EPISODES: 14

GENRE: Psychological Crime Drama

YEAR: 2010-2015

COUNTRY: United Kindom

“Luther” follows the cases of a troubled yet brilliant English police detective, DCI John Luther (Idris Elba). Separated from his wife, whom he loves passionately, he is torn between an unrelenting approach to solving serial killings and his attempts to rekindle his marriage. Luther is a highly charged emotional man who is not above stretching the law to solve a case or save a life. In episode one, Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) proves she is equally brilliant by committing the perfect murder of her parents, which challenges Luther as never before. Alice develops a strange fascination for Luther and their continued exchanges and interplay serve as a backdrop for the rest of the season. Luther’s edgy police tactics make him a serious concern to his superiors, who feel that he is a threat to their reputations and that of the Police force. From the opening credits to the end of season one, “Luther” is a fast paced mystery presented with many plot twists and insights into the human psyche.

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I know what you’re thinking: Luther is just like any other screwed up TV cop fighting his inner demons—been there, seen that. But what separates Luther  from the latest wave of dark police dramas is what separates Luther from any of those cops: Idris Elba. The outstanding Elba broods like no other actor, and adds nuance to the series beyond the excellent writing of series creator Neil Cross and his team.Ripley and Luther  series 3 episode 2

The supporting cast is every bit as good as Elba. Ruth Wilson is icily creepy as the former child genius turned murderess and Luther-idolizing nut job Alice Morgan. Warren Brown as Justin Ripley adds real dimension to the usually one-dimensional role of the main character’s partner. And best of all, Aimee-Ffion Edwards is extraordinary as Jenny, who fights to hide her vulnerability but eventually learns to trust Luther and perhaps even believe that she can turn her young life around.

PROS:

  • Neil Cross
  • Idris Elba performance.
  • Supporting cast performance
  • Character development.

CONS:

  • Convoluted plot.
  • Some faults in dialogue.

SCORE: 8.3 / 10

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