‘FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES,’ THE FOURTH & FINAL SEASON SO BRING SOME FRIENDS

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One of the Canadian series that came about after the wild success of their 1800s period drama Murdoch Mysteries, this 1900s mystery is fun. In Frankie Drake Mysteries, season four, the friends face more than one unusual case!

Frankie Drake Mysteries, Season Four (2020) TV Show Review

Going well is where Frankie Drake’s life is at just now. Returning from an extended vacation, with her she brings a seemingly phantom Italian race car driver boyfriend, whom her friends tease her about. Additionally Trudy is about to marry, but with questions about her future, she wonders why? But romantic notions or the proof of Frankie’s boyfriend will have to wait when Frankie (Lauren Lee Smith) along with her friend and business partner, Trudy (Chantel Riley) have a new case.

Their case finds them while Frankie and Trudy, along with Mary (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo (Sharron Matthews), are on a scavenger hunt. It would seem that someone is killing the participants!

This has always been one of my favorite more “feel good” shows to watch on a late Saturday night. Despite its short and concise seasons (they’re usually only 10 episodes or so), I have this knack for making them last longer by only watching one here and there. This holds true for the third season, which I learned while watching is actually its last. The third season has style though I am disappointed by two key things.

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The first being Frankie disappointments with her flippant attitude given she’s in a serious relationship for nearly the entire season. She’s always been a flirt, but before this year, she’s also not been in any kind of serious relationship. So, while it is in character for her to behave this way, I did hope she’d be better in a solid relationship. Secondly, this series ends on a literal cliffhanger. Sure there’s some minor issues that the writer’s would likely iron out, but there’s also a big one that may change the fabric of the storytelling. How it plays out is not something we’re poised to know, and honestly, I’m a bit salty about it.

Beyond these complaints, as usual, the show is good. The storytelling and characters, all of whom make the show the witty and warm storytelling it is. Mary is still charming and hilarious, while also getting a story thread that could lead her into danger; working towards her goals still is Flo, who also receives in the back end of the season an unexpected visitor; and then we also have a few new characters and of course, Frankie’s mother, Nora is still present. Meanwhile Trudy wrestles with what she wants next, and of course, Frankie is still our typical spitfire.

If you like prior seasons of this show, or Murdoch Mysteries, this is a good one to watch. However, if you don’t want lingering questions or a bittersweet ending, you may want to end your viewing with the next-to-last episode.

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‘FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES,’ THE FOURTH & FINAL SEASON SO BRING SOME FRIENDS. Review of the final season of the CBC cozy mystery. All text © Rissi JC

Content: This season deals with cross dressers, and same-sex relationship. The former is one episode, the latter is a 2-3 episode minor subplot. There’s is plenty of flirting and innuendo. Frankie is in bed with a man (once or twice).

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About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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