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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:44

Do they think we're wet behind the ears?

Why?

Why do writers think that this isn't going to annoy people? 

Why do they think that the sudden appearance of characters that are vitally important to the series arc plot, which then plays out in the same episode is a good idea?

We get the big reveal on Henry's adversary this week and....

It's no-one who's been in the series so far.

So why be secretive,why be circumspect? 

It would have been so much better to have either revealed the character early on, then set up suspense of us knowing who it is but the central character's being in the dark.

Or..

By having a well known character suddenly turn out to be the bad guy/girl/transgender to the amazement of everyone! 

Either way, we can have the villain interacting with the main cast, setting up betrayals, influencing the cast, finding out secrets.

By introducing someone new, any suspense is wasted and...

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:35

Well that was dull. 

An uninteresting man, getting married to a boring woman, is killed in a tedious way. 

He's wearing some clothes and they lead to a chain of events that include 40 minutes of nothing very interesting happening and the viewer getting restless for the end titles. 

Thankfully, right at the end something arc related does occur, but it can't save this episode from being pretty much the worst of the season so far.

The premise is that a young couple are preparing their marriage. She an American socialite with a rich daddy, he a British Viscount. He's very soon dead in a park with a big hole in his neck, bloodless rather than chinless. 

Ok, lets flip a coin and see which of the two mens' names that Hollywood scriptwriters think posh English men have we will be using this week...and it's...

Tails...

..which means Colin! 

Bad luck Nigel!

Henry is called and he immediately uses his...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 20:40

If music be the food of love...

Then throttling someone to death in their car with a double bass string and then  torching the car and victim would be what exactly ?

The connection is a song. 

The titular 6 A.M. a famous Jazz track that made the fortunes of a few, and being Jazz, probably bemused almost everyone else in the world, and will have prompted the age old question about this particular style of music...

"Is it supposed to sound like that?"

The accredited writer of this Jazzy phenomenon is challenged by the son of an old colleague who is claiming proof that his father was the real song author. This is what gets him garrotted and toasted. 

Daddy Jazz player (Pepper) is tracked down at his permanent gig as a public transport system busker, down on his luck and despairing...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 20:33

Well it's not up there with Game Of Thrones but it's certainly novel to have a dominatrix fitting a ball gag to a willing masochist less than 5 minutes into the program. 

You can tell it's going to end well can't you?

Sure enough it's body dumped in the street time and off to Henry's autopsy slab. 

Whoever marked his card marked the body...a lot. Whip scars, ligature marks, gag marks, its an MP's wet dream...

It turns out that this was a regular session for those who need a more unusual release for their tension, administered by Iona Payne an often scantily clad therapist with a not at all subtle interest in Henry. 

Det. Jo is none too impressed with the attention going Henry's way, and views the therapist as little more than a hooker. She's even less impressed that Iona out-diagnoses...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 17:34

Some people eh? 

You're born to a billionaire family, become a self-impoverished philanthropist doctor treating the poor of New York. 

You end up receiving an award and it goes straight to your head. 

Through the skull and into the brain in fact.

No misconceptions here, no trying to hide that it's a murder. 

Henry and Jo investigate the wealthy college friends of the dead doctor, and instantly you don't like any of them. There's "Jittery coke-head boy" , "Arrogant lawyer girl" and "Slimy corporate tosser lad". Not one sympathetic character among them. Yes, the rich are wankers,and if you renounce your wealth for altruistic reasons then your reward can only be a pointy crystal trophy straight into the cerebellum.

The investigations...

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 13:09

Thankfully I do not appear to be a psychopath.

Henry is called to investigate a package seeping blood onto Det Martinez's partner's desk (more of him later), it's a human heart, expertly removed, while the victim was alive.

The victim and circumstances to her death are basically a copycat Jack the Ripper killing, with Henry having a strong suspicion that his long-lived nemesis Adam is Jack, and is now starting again. 

When he finally gets his hands on the body, he is amazed at the accuracy of the wounds in comparison to the Whitechapel murders, which he would know since he examined the final body back in the 19th century.

It's a good attempt at murder replication, but not perfect, Henry finds a clue from one of the tools used on the body, and an inconsistency on a wrist wound. 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 21:58

Welcome back to the 80's.

The 1880's. 

And, strangely the 1980's.

Both of these decades are mentioned in this episode, one as cover (the 1980's) for Henry to mask that he's talking about the other. 

This episode sees a body discovered in an old apartment that's due for sale, the body, partly eaten by rats has a hypodermic needle in one arm, and a gash to the head. The assumption is that he's an "ADJ" or Another Dead Junkie.  This contemptuous attitude of the investigating officer offends Henry and brings back memories of 1880, when the same buildings had 400 deaths due to a heat wave. 

It transpires that the victim is a boxer and reformed junkie, who's been at odds with a local property developer, the needle was administered after death, so we...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 19:13

Take one hammer.


Take one cliché....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 17:11

I learned something from this episode.

If you are going to watch an episode that includes mysterious medications with lots of allegedly cutting edge science, then whatever you do...

DON'T watch it with a scientist.

It pans out like this.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:11

OK - the pilot is out of the way and we have a series.

We don't need quite so much of the hard sell, we've got the origin out of the way, and we can settle down on the exposition. 

A young woman boards a taxi in a panic, she is soon falling from a bridge to her death in the river. The police assume that it's a clear cut suicide. Henry thinks not.

By using his super-observational skills of the dead, Henry establishes that the presumed suicide was facing the wrong way and had made attempts to save herself, neither of which would be consistent with a self-termination.

This sets us up on the case of the week which is a fairly bland relationship driven piece.

In reality, the case this week is really to set up some internal soul searching and comments about loss. 

A family loses its daughter, a character loses his lover, Henry flashbacks to his early relationship...

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