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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, November 15, 2012
This review is from: Midsomer Murders, Set 21 (DVD)
After being fans of this series for over 10 years, we sat down to watch this eagerly anticipated set/21 starring the new Inspector Barnaby. We couldn't have been more bored. It was lacking the usual charm, absorbing murders/stories, and, all 4 episodes were just plain boring. Two were remakes of similar stories from several years ago. No chemistry, yet, between any of the characters including between Barnaby and his wife. We liked her in the episode she was mainly featured, but there was just something lacking. All 4 stories just plodded along. Barnaby and his sidekick seemed to have good rapport and the series could improve over time, but do I want to waste more money waiting to see if that happens. The fact the new inspector has a background in psychology didn't add any pizzazz. So many familiar actors appeared in these 4 stories, previously seen in other episodes, but not even they seemed to be interested in acting out the stories! Not sure we will be interested in any future series. So sad, after this has been a great series for so many years.
Clarify further: Amazon is absolutely the best deal. If you can wait 3 months longer for a Midsomer set to be released rather than purchase from AcornOnline, which I did and paid $60, then wait. I have previously waited and purchased from Amazon. Read the AcornOnline reviews (and Amazon reviews). Over 100 viewers loved this new series/set 21 with Neil Dudgeon, who is a fine actor. But we were disappointed. Maybe our expectations were too high!
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2012 7:03:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 6:35:52 AM PST
J. Janssen says:
No, I don't think your expectations were too high. A major change such as the lead in an immensely popular series is bound to have some teething problems in trying to re-boot itself. When John Nettles left the series they had a huge hole to fill, not just in the lead character, but the familial cast of Cully and Joyce as well. Over the years the stories involved fewer and fewer cast members until Tom, his DS, and Tom's family became the prominent players. The initial episodes (series 5 in N. America) were crafted by Tony Horowitz from the original Graham novels and owed much to the extensive cast of village "quirks" which were wonderfully chosen and directed. As the years rolled on certain economies had to be recognized and the writers very ably carried on with fewer characters and focused much more on Barnaby, his family, and his Sergeant. Trying to re-create that familiarity and ambiance might be a "bridge too far", particularly for hard core fans that just aren't going to accept the reality that John Nettles has retired.

Regarding the pricing issue; I note that "Lewis Series 5" is now selling for less than $19 on amazon when just a few months ago it was priced at over $30. Realistic reviews such as this one will only speed that process up for additional releases of the new Midsomer Murders.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 11:30:48 PM PST
I felt the decline started during John Nettles' last year on the show, all the charm was gone and the mysteries became routine.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 4:17:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2013 2:19:07 AM PDT
J. Janssen says:
For those interested in the price issue, is pre-selling the new series 21 for $32.99 plus $3 standard shipping for the Jan 8th release date. For those doing the math, that's $36 delivered vs. $45 at amazon with Prime.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 4:36:48 PM PST
Movie Magic says:
Midsomer Murders, Set 21
Naturally Some fans will complain about changing the main characters in a program they like. (These are the same people who complain about movies based on a certain book not being true to the book. They don't understand that the book is just the starting place for the screen play.) I wondered what it would be like with John Nettles gone. I think it is working out wonderfully well. The old series is just the starting place for the new characters and I think the new episodes are quite good. I for one intend to keep watching "the new" Midsomer Murders.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 3:25:09 AM PST
cary says:
Yeah i say your expectations were waaaay too high,hell i watched about 4 or 5 seasons before i woke up and realize that it was stale and as for it being boring it has nothing to do with the chemistry of the actors, it was boring even before Barnaby stepped out ! Might i suggest that the reason you feel this way is that ole familiar been there done that before !

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 2:14:32 AM PDT
G. Smith says:
Realistically John Nettles WAS the show so yes I understand the disappointment which I also felt watching the 'new' Midsomer. All the best to John Nettles and the cast who have kept our attention and provided so much entertainment over the years but yes we've all seen the best of Midsomer Murders I think.
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