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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Sherlock: Holmes Portrayed at His Finest

Hello Everybody! Today on the movie club/tv show we have BBC’s adaptation of Sherlock.

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STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

CREATED BY: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat

NO. OF EPISODES: 9

GENRE: Crime, Drama

YEAR: 2010-Present

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

A modern adaptation of the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Sherlock Holmes lives in 21st century London, a city filled with mystery, crime and deceit. The back streets are alive with robbers, blackmailers, smugglers and serial killers. When the police are desperate they call upon Mr Sherlock Holmes and his unconventional methods of deduction to shed light on the matter. Ably assisted by Doctor John Watson, a recently returned Afghanistan vet, Sherlock attempts to solve some of the countries most intriguing puzzles. But is solving crimes enough to keep the boredom at bay?

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I have never really been into Sherlock Holmes, but I really want to give the BBC series a serious try. This also came from much praise from other friends and colleagues. This series actually got me interested in Sherlock! From the drugs, the booze,the comedy, the action, the suspense, and the witt,I actually thoroughly enjoyed this show. Cumperbatch and Freeman’s performances are superb, and even the supporting cast is phenomenal. The mini-series format works perfectly for the show, as it tackles many of his popular cases.

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This new Sherlock is a little more loveable than the original, then—and that’s not just because of Cumberbatch’s understated charisma. He doesn’t do drugs, for instance, and has even been working hard to give up his trademark pipe. Some days are better than others, of course, but it’s still a really good thing, given that he has a hard enough time staying alive as it is.

Other concessions to 21st-century sensibilities are less welcome. Sherlock swears here—as do other characters around him. And while Doyle’s Holmes was prone to get into tricky scrapes on occasion, rarely were they so brutal or visceral as we see here.

PROS:

  • Great mix of comedy and action.
  • Cumberbatch and Freeman performances.
  • Supporting cast performances.
  • Mini-series format.

CONS:

  • Gave up many unique sensibilities that made Sherlock.
  • 21st-century sensibilities.

SCORE: 9.5 / 10

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