Anytime there’s a kind of continuation of a favorite series, I’m usually all in to check in. For some reason that mentality didn’t apply to this Acorn TV series until emails came in prompting series two. Naturally, that reminded me that I need to watch series one and so, here we are!
Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Series One (2019) Acorn TV Review
Moving from one thing to another is the name of the game for Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill). Her latest job as a beauty stylist goes bad when she messes up one too many times in pursuit of having fun. But just as her luck takes a downward trend, things look up when she receives a letter that she’s inherited an estate. Turns out, her aunt, Phryne Fisher, leaves everything to the niece she never met.
As Peregrine makes her way to the city, she finds herself getting pulled into a kind of Adventure club (which her aunt, who is missing, helps to start) was a part of and a murder investigation. However, while her financial life is looking better, her love life gets a tiny bit complicated.
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Much as I love good cozy-esque mysteries, I think part of my reluctance to watch this has to do with the fact that I don’t feel as though we should be done with Phryne’s story. I’m pretty sure there is a great deal more adventuring for Miss Fisher to do, and so as a result, I don’t like thinking of her as no longer around. However, if you’re not like me and can separate this notion, these are fun.
The pilot episode (as well as the three additional), which runs 90-some minutes, does drag on in a few spots. The action doesn’t keep things clipping and I think this opener could just as effectively be a normal 40-some minute episode. Still, I do understand the reason is because the writer’s wanted to introduce the character. The finale, I think, is the strongest, and I love the little hints here and there of what’s to come for Peregrine and James.
While I still think I like the original best, this gang grows on me and I’m glad that season two cuts its episodes to forty-some minutes. The format is more effective I think. Like its inspiration, Peregrine is an expert fashion plate of excellent style. Despite the differences, this follows in the same tradition as its predecessor and it’s good fun.
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Content: there’s some “winking” innuendo throughout the series. Peregrine has a boyfriend whom we see here and there (they make out or more; always implied rather than graphic).
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