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We have a two-track investigation here, as Sergeant Troy, now promoted
to Inspector Troy, is given the throw-away case of an old hermit being
harassed by local hooligans (called "yobs") while DCI Barnaby goes off
to the scene of a cave-in at a local canal work, where his wife Joyce
is volunteering and his daughter Cully is doing PR work. The excellent
Cherie Lunghi had little to do as the mother of one of the yobs, and
the interesting part of the episode for me was the focus on the hermit
and his interaction with the local wildlife.
Tom Barnaby's research into the history of the canal and his leap from blacksmiths to the more recent victim found at the site of a mid-19th Century cave-in seemed like a leap too far. I agree with another reviewer that it seemed inconsistent for Barnaby to take the local lord and the former constable to task over their actions surrounding the earlier slaying when he then essentially does the same thing. However, the ending "felt" right, just as the midstream confession by one of the characters "felt" wrong to Troy.
The ending, with the hermit once again in the woods and surrounded by the animals who felt at ease with him, was worth the price of admission.
A sad episode, "The Green Man" marks the end of Sergeant Troy as
Barnaby's partner, as he becomes an Inspector in his own right and is
promoted. He had that little flirtation with Barnaby's daughter Cully
for a while, and I was hoping...that's a couple of seasons away.
To give Troy the hang of working without him, Barnaby works on one case, and Troy another. Barnaby investigates some old bones walled up in a cave where Joyce and Cully are volunteering. Except one of the skulls appears to have had National Health, given the state of his teeth, so he's not as ancient as the others. Who was he, and what was he doing dead in the cave? Troy's case involved a homeless man, protected by the local Lord, who is being attacked and harassed by teen boys out in the woods shooting for fun. The man, Tom, takes the gun away from one of the boys and throws it in the bushes. Later it's used in a murder. Troy has to find Tom, learn what happened to the gun, and if he saw anything. While he's at it, there are a couple of other murders.
The plot has some interesting twists, one of which is Barnaby's actions when learning the identity of the man in the cave. I actually don't agree here with the other reviewers. Rather than give a spoiler, I'll just say that given the circumstances, I think Barnaby did the right thing. It's true he took two people to task for doing basically the same thing, but I think he also saw ahead that nothing was going to come of doing anything about it now.
Tom, the hermit, has a fascinating interaction with the wildlife around him, and this is one of the best things about the episode. It's an unusual one, and a melancholy one, as Troy moves on.
A truly somber episode, yet still uplifting - as DS Troy leaves for his
new assignment. There's a lot to like in this episode including a great
performance by actor David Bradley as he goes through his catharsis in
dealing with his own past. I don't agree with other reviews that
Barnaby was haphazard in his dealings with Tom - I believe Barnaby
thought the man suffered enough already - and perhaps he deserved a bit
In response to another review about the meanings of "The Green Man" - it actually has three meanings.
1. The pub's name. 2. David Bradley's character of Tom is "a green man" - one with the forest and sleeping "on the green". 3. DS Troy begins his first case, a "green man" in that he is new at working his own case.
The title refers to the mythological character in rural England, a presence that appears, frighteningly, at any time. In this story, there is an eccentric old man who seems to have power over animals and whose gaze can stop people in their tracks. The locals also see him as a threat, so when murders are committed, their tunnel vision is directed at him. It is the usual example of someone being unfairly treated for being different. Here, a bunch of punk kids, run roughshod over the woods where he stays. They threaten him and attack him. One day one of them is gunned down. There is no evidence to choose him, other than his oddness. Barnaby shows his true colors when he has compassion for this man. Of course, as others have mentioned, this is the swan song for Sgt. Troy.
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Tom (David Bradley in a bravura performance) displays Obi-wan like
powers when he takes a rifle from one of the village yobs, kind of like
the ones in Brampton, not far from Carlisle on the English side of the
The beautiful Cherie Lunghi features. Her character suffers a tragic fate as she's involved with a couple of the yobs.
I love how Troy leaves a note for Tom at his campsite, leaving his number 01508 312244. Perhaps this is the equivalent to the 555 phone numbers from here in America used in TV shows. Anyway, we can always call Troy even though he's left Midsomer, this being his final regular episode (although he makes a cameo appearance in the episode where Cully gets married).
The ending was one of the warmest and moving epilogues ever in Midsomer. Tom (David Bradley) is someone who doesn't have to worry about council tax, a TV licence, wifi, rude joggers recklessly pushing him into the path of a bus on a London bridge, rude mothers with prams shoving their way everywhere and anywhere (screaming "EXCUSE ME!!!!!!!!!" at that time of the month). Here Tom is at peace with the green and the animals who love him.
Despite not being anywhere near as good now, 'Midsomer Murders' is
still a show visited and re-visited with great pleasure. There are
episodes better than others, with a fair share of disappointments
especially in the later seasons, like with any show in existence, but
when 'Midsomer Murders' was good it was good to outstanding.
Commencing the seventh season, "The Green Man" bids farewell to Sergeant Troy. Always did love him and Barnaby together, and it's sad to see him go, but "The Green Man" serves as a great final episode to him that utilises him very well. The episode is interesting for having a two-track case that don't feel in any way disjointed, the character of Tom and his subplot and also Barnaby's decision at the end.
This decision/action has proved controversial, but am also of the opinion that the decision worked within the episode and wasn't the wrong one considering the scenario.
As always, the production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's occasional grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.
Meanwhile, the script is smart and thought-provoking with some nice quirky humour, a suitable grimness and colourful characters. The character of Tom and his story brought a sense of melancholy that was very poignant and genuinely so, and his last scene is indeed one of the most striking things about "The Green Man".
The story is hugely compelling, and never simplistic and never losing any of the maturity of most of the previous episodes. There is a lot going on mostly without being cluttered or rushed (remarkable for an episode that as ever is heavy in exposition), and that nothing is what it seems, or very few people are who they seem adds to the complexity, while there are no out of kilter scenes. The twists, red herrings and turns, in classic 'Midsomer Murders' tradition, keep coming, with several neatly interwoven subplots, and rarely in an obvious or press-the-rewind button. The characters are colourful, eccentric and not what they seem.
John Nettles as always is a joy as Barnaby, with Daniel Casey contrasting with him with ease, their chemistry as always a huge part of the episode's charm. Jane Wymark charms too, while in support David Bradley gives one of the show's most outstanding guest turns. The only small downside is Cherie Lunghi having little to do, small because she's still fine, just that she deserved more.
In summary, a wonderful episode and as well as being a promising start for Season 7 it is a pleasingly bittersweet send-off to Troy. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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Midsomer Murders: The Green Man is set in Midsomer Malham where local
businessman Timothy Webster (Tim Woodward) has organised & partly
funded a restoration project to clean up the Midsomer canal, however
while working on it several volunteers become trapped when part of the
canal tunnels roof collapses. No one is hurt & they are rescued
relatively quickly but the cave-in has revealed a chamber where the
bones of several people are found, most of the bones belong to workers
from the 18th Century but one set of bones belongs to someone who
disappeared in the 60's. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is on the case
while his Sgt. Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey) has been promoted to Inspector
but before he leaves Barnaby gives him a murder case, that of a teenage
hoodlum called Simon Mayfield (Henry Cavil) who was shot in the head in
some local woods...
Episode 1 from season 7 this Midsomer Murders mystery was actually a bit of a downer to start kick of season 7, directed by Sarah Hellings this is a fairly sombre episode as we have to say goodbye to Sgt. Troy who has been a great character & a good foil for Barnaby & I'd personally have liked to see him leave at the end of a season not the start. The script by Michael Russell has a few interesting ideas, for instance the set of modern bones that was found in the collapsed canal tunnel could have been the centrepiece of a pretty absorbing mystery where Barbaby has to investigate the past, unfortunately not much is made of these & I don't get Tom's reaction to them either. Tom deliberately goes out of his way to make sure a local judge & a local retired copper who knew about them feel guilty & that they can't just ignore the bits of the law they don't like which is fine if he upholds that notion himself but at the same time he decides to do exactly the same thing & let the killer go free because he doesn't belong in prison or some such nonsense, I thought Barnaby was better than that & would uphold the law period no matter if the crime was 40 years old or not & he comes across as a hypocrite. Then there's the fact Barnaby gives Troy the proper murder case on his own to solve, I'm not being funny because even though I like Troy he is a sidekick to bounce ideas off & nothing more. Then of course there's the far fetched co-incidence that the two cases are linked, what a surprise. There are few suspects, no red herrings & a couple of very predictable plot twists as well, it's watchable enough but hardly a Midsomer Murders classic.
This one has top notch production values as usual & it's well made from start to finish although the scene when the tramp Tom is caught by the dog & it bites his arm looks ridiculous, his arm is obviously padded & in most of the shots his arm looks fatter than his head! Sapperton canal tunnel in Gloucestershire was used for, unsurprisingly, the canal tunnel scenes while the other locations were well served by the picturesque English country. This one isn't gory or graphic, there are a couple of dead bodies on an autopsy table, some skeletons & a few off screen shootings including a fox so you animal lovers beware. The acting is very good as always.
The Green Man is a decent Midsomer Murders episode for sure but not a classic, a sad farewell to Troy in a story where he gets to play the boss for once. However he will return... One more thing, I know it's the name of the pub in the village but what has the title The Green Man have to do with anything?
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