Hamish MacBeth: Series 1-3 Collection
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Hamish Macbeth Series 1-3 Collection (DVD)
Now together in one collector's set, all three seasons of Hamish Macbeth, the quirky award-winning series starring Robert Carlyle! Before his breakout performances in Trainspotting and The Full Monty, Robert Carlyle starred as Police Constable Hamish Macbeth, who finds himself transferred from his Glasgow beat to the village of Lochdubh, a town where the strangeness of the villagers is exceeded only by the strangeness of the goings on. Good thing Hamish Macbeth is in town. He proves to be a natural at maintaining the social balance of his tight-knit town while solving crimes along the way. Whether it's tracking down 300 weight of salt, mediating a family feud featuring space aliens, or a search for the Stone of Destiny, there's nothing Hamish Macbeth and his trusty canine sidekick Wee Jock can't handle.]]>
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The characters and scenery -- and storylines that are hokey, hilarious, and heartbreaking by turns -- add up to a fabulous series that's worth the purchase. The missing episode aside, you really get the full meal with buying the complete series. (And if you're a hammer-handed clod like be & you crack a dvd, just re-order the series you messed up & *poof*! Replaced!)
Spend some time in Loch Dubh with Hamish, TV John, Isobel, Rory & Esme, the McRaes and the rest.You'll love it.
A small town policeman Hamish Macbeth (Police Constable, or "P.C. Macbeth" in the Scottish vernacular) is set in a small Highland town of fierce loyalties. As capable of bending a law as he is of enforcing it, Hamish is actually quite a sharp detective, but busily hides it because he ardently desires to avoid ANY notice from the higher ups. Credit for his crime-solving abilities would mean unwanted attention. That would eventually mean a transfer out of the BEAUTIFUL Highland community where he has become an essential part of the close-knit fabric of this small town. The antics with which he manages to solve local crimes and do justice for his community--without garnering any credit--is an integral part of this series' humor, though plenty of comedy is also mined elsewhere throughout.
Hamish is also a flawed character, making him seem much more real, more down to earth. He is capable of deeply feeling guilt when his actions, though well intentioned, cause harm. On the whole, his flaws make him much more likeable. These flaws are not overdone, and certainly make him more realistic than the portrayal of an unflawed palladin would have done. We get an intimate look at the eccentricities, integrity and honor of the title character throughout the series, and he measures up as a man of character and honor despite his flaws.
I also loved the townsfolk. This show, like the Canadian series, "Corner Gas," exhibits wonderful local color that is characteristic of ANY small town, regardless of continent and culture. In both of these series, despite having grown up on another continent or in another country--I KNOW and grew up with these people!
I loved pretty much everything in "Hamish Macbeth." I loved the Scottish accents and customs that come through in the Series. I loved the humor and the characters. I loved the strong loyalties of the characters for their town and for each other--especially the steadfast loyalty of Hamish's right-hand man. Of keen interest through the series is a love triangle with a dramatic resolution and double climax. I appreciated the character development, which was pretty good for a short-lived series of only 3 seasons. (Perhaps the best compliment is that I DEARLY wish it could have been longer, but Robert Carlyle, the actor playing the title character, was clearly off to bigger and better things.)
In fact, my ONLY criticisms are for what was left OUT of the DVD set. There is no way to turn captions on from the DVD. The Scottish accents are pretty thick to unaccustomed American ears, and those who have trouble hearing accents will miss large amounts of dialogue. However, if your TV has a Closed Captioning setting, there ARE CC codes within the signal itself, so this defect can be gotten around by turning on Closed Captioning from your TV's settings. My only MAJOR criticism though, is of the DISC SET and NOT of the series itself. An episode, "West Coast Story," which should have been Season 1, episode 4, was left out of the first season's discs. (What were they THINKING?!!) I would normally have wanted to deduct about 1/2 a star for the CC difficulty and TWO stars for the missing episode but I couldn't bear to give it less than 4 stars because I enjoyed the series SO much. The series itself would get a solid 5 stars from me.
I heartily recommend this series. As soon as I am able, I plan to dive into M.C. Beaton's books which inspired it.