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Richard Armitage was definitely "In Divine Proportion!"
LuvDemBrooders from United States
24 January 2006
Firstly, I only watched this to see the lovely TDH* "Blue-Eyed Wonder"
Richard Armitage as Phillip Turner. I've been a devoted fan of his
since seeing him as John Thornton in the BBC's 2004 "North & South." Of
course, I would have preferred seeing 90 minutes of RA being on-screen
but it's called, "Inspector Lynley Mysteries" and not the "Richard
Armitage Mysteries." LOL!
Secondly, the story was pretty interesting but there were a few gaping
holes of credibility. It could have been better written and consistent.
And frankly, too much time was spent on the byplay between Lynley and
his Sergeant, Barbara Havers. Nearly five minutes of watching Havers
breaking down in the tall, handsome Lynley's arms at the end was
unnecessary. Especially since that time could have been inter-cut with
updates on what happened to the other characters (i.e., Phillip Turner!
After all, he did stand up heroically to the killer and get shot for
his attempt at redemption!)
Thirdly, as this was the first full episode of "ILM" that I've ever
watched, I'll reserve judgment about the series overall until I've
watched the other three eps in this series. But, my overall impression
was that both the writing and directing could use some sprucing up. I
did like watching the TDH Nathaniel Parker and to some extent the SDP**
Sharon Small prance around on-screen. But the pacing seemed very slow.
I had expected to see it flowing better and the dialogue snappier. The
two leads looked and sounded like they were running lines with each
other rather than talking.
I guess I've just been spoiled by watching that old curmudgeon
Inspector Morse before.
Overall, I did like it and watched it twice last night. I saw more
things that I enjoyed the second time around since my attention wasn't
quite as focused on wondering when RA would appear. Also, I liked Burn
Gormley as Billy Verger. I'd just seen him as "Guppy" in "Bleak House"
and liked seeing him in this very different role.
Now, I'm anxiously awaiting RA's performance as Claude Monet in the
BBC's "The Impressionists" which should be broadcast sometime this
RA Rulez! LDB
*TDH (Tall Dark Handsome) **SDP (Small Dark Pretty)
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