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Fielding (Lahbib) different, but still a great rapport w/ Hill (Green)
, January 13, 2008
I've read 2 of the 4 books and have watched the first three series of the show. First off, don't expect the books (do we ever?) which are brilliant (tho even more grusome than the show). Also, don't expect series 1-3 in series 4. It's definitely different. If you are attached to Hermione Norris/Carol Jordan, you may have trouble w/ the addition of Simone Lahbib. I, however, kept an open mind and have been pleasantly surprised.
Simone's rapport w/ Robson Green and her acting is awesome. I also think her character is very well rounded (Alex is a single mum who also struggles w/ relationships; a bit feisty/abrupt, but caring).
Did I miss something where there is talk of a romantic relationship between Tony/Alex? I saw them get closer, but no sexual tension between them. There is definitely a trust and respect that develops, but even that becomes temporarily strained in the later episodes.
The only thing I didn't like about the first episode (Time to Murder) was how they "phased out" Carol Jordan - it was a bit abrupt and not believeable to me given the relationshp between Carol/Tony. She never would have just left him hanging. I also thought that Alex's initial strong rejection of Tony's "help" was resolved too quickly in the episode (she came round too quickly). Maybe not to have been so extreme (Carol gone POOF! and Alex hating profilers) in either case would have been less jarring in the transition, but once the 4th series got going, I was very drawn in and the stories were as good or better compared to the first 3 series. Torment was AWESOME (and no where as grusome as the book)!, Hole in the Heart was a little bizarre and the involvement of the chief was a little hokey, but I thought it was a great episode. Wounded Surgeon was an amazing close to the series. Tony's tortured "soul" and Alex's doubt were brilliant and the end "reconciliation" was great (still didn't see the romance tho).
Though I will miss Carol (Norris), Alex (Lahbib) is a GREAT new addition to the show and I can't wait for series 5 to come out on dvd. I've watched it once and it looks WOWZA! Can't wait! My only request to Coastal is to release in the US a little quicker, either to tv or to dvd!