With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Hercule Poirot has a rare opportunity when he gets a second chance to solve a murder circumstance prevented him from solving two years before. On his way to visit Capt. Hastings in the Argentine, Poirot had stopped in Buenos Aires. While out for dinner, a young woman named Iris Russell was poisoned. The police found cyanide in her purse and ruled her death to be suicide, something her husband Barton Russell refuses to accept. When Poirot agrees with him and raises objections to the hasty police verdict, he is quickly ordered deported. Now, two years later, Russell Barton is hosting a dinner in London on the anniversary of his wife's death with everyone who was present invited to the event. This time, Poirot has no intention of letting the killer get away. Written by
The Yellow Iris is a very interesting, albeit not entirely successful, adaptation. It does maintain the spirit of the story, which is a well-written and fun one with some parallels to Sparkling Cyanide in the means of the killing, and while I would have liked the pace to have steadied a little and one or two of the characters more drawn out, I really liked The Yelloe Iris overall.
The final solution is very much like the episode, very interesting if not exactly ingenious. The production values are top notch, with some gorgeous scenery and costumes and I loved the photography, and the music is both beautiful and haunting. The dialogue is excellent, the direction is good and the cast are top drawer, David Suchet is an outstanding Poirot and he is supported very well by Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran and David Troughton.
All in all, a good and interesting episode without being one of the best. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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