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"Foyle's War" Broken Souls (2008)

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

One of the best episodes

10/10
Author: Laight from United States
4 January 2012

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It's now fall of 1944, and the war is winding down -- people are hoping it will end any day (although it was another six months before it did, and many more casualties resulted). In this episode, possibly the saddest in the series, several lives come together, all victims of the war or other unpleasant human circumstances, resulting in two deaths, neither premeditated; both due to anger, but one very generalized, one very specific. The upshot is a series of lives ruined, lives of people who were good people, perhaps, but like others in a war-torn environment, the boundaries between good and evil are lost. All in all, even the joy that anyone in this episode can feel is tainted with unbearable sadness and the possibility that all could be lost at any moment. Life is frail.

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Murder Mystery with an Emotionally Compelling Plot

10/10
Author: juliewriter from United States
7 July 2013

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Beyond the plot of this excellent Foyle's War double murder mystery are compelling lessons about the human condition endured by survivors who lived through the various levels of England's World War II experiences. Characters are both victims of the war and those who survived by participating in it. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is portrayed in several characters, whose special stories come together in a well acted series of inter-related sub plots. Emotional stress is spread among the characters who share the common thread of human loss, causing them emotional trauma. This mystery stays with you, especially the sensitive and creative scene where DCS Foyle (Michael Kitchen) reveals the murderer. Kitchen deserves acclaim for his portrayal of DCS Foyle, but his talent should be singled out for the acting in the ending scenes of "Broken Souls".

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Modern Sensibilities Mar Plot

7/10
Author: JAMES DECAMP from United States
1 September 2014

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I love Foyle's War for the situations and characters, who wouldn't? I love the scenery and situations, the drama and historical settings, the attempts to preserve a modicum of historical accuracy. I find it a flaw of the series in general that it presents an overly cheery and prosperous depiction of Britain during the War. Privation was real and widespread, and the public mood was darker than depicted. This particular episode really annoyed me for the reason I am about the make more clear.

Spoiler Alert: The maudlin concern about the fate of the German POW Johann makes absolutely no sense. With about a million Britains killed by the Nazis, some in their own homes during what was by design terror bombing, or by artillery lobbed into Dover from France, virtually no one in Britain would be in the least bothered by the "murder" of an escaped German POW. Further, the act depicted was *not* murder. The Geneva Convention makes the killing of a fleeing enemy combatant completely lawful. An escaped POW is a fleeing enemy combatant. When Dr. Novak killed him it was not murder, it was a lawful act of war, by any standard, regardless of Novak's motivation, or the viewers' sympathy or lack of comprehension of what war means. Novak was under no obligation to seek a more peaceful resolution, and in fact would have been derelict to do so. He was confronted by a younger, stronger enemy combatant, who had the potential to inflict further damage and causalities, regardless of what the viewers might think of his character. I am sure Fred Dawson slept more soundly knowing Johann was no longer a threat to his life.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Compassion in the Face of So Much Pain

10/10
Author: Hitchcoc from United States
20 September 2016

This could well be the best episode of the series. The war is winding down and a man who has been in a German prisoner of war camp for five years, who has obviously been treated very badly, comes home to his wife and son. He is gaunt and damaged. Working on the farm is a man on loan from a camp holding German prisoners. You can imagine the tension. Meanwhile, there are goings on at an institution for soldiers who have had breakdowns. A man who rubbed everyone the wrong way is on his way to Oxford. He is found murdered shortly thereafter. A boy has disappeared from his family and is hiding out as his father searches for him. And, lastly, a Jewish doctor, who works at the aforementioned facility, tries to kill himself. Foyle is in the middle of this which becomes interconnected. There strength of this episode is incredible writing which makes the whole scenario much more complex than the simple us against them mentality.

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90 minutes of pure brilliance.

9/10
Author: Paul Evans from Swansea, United Kingdom
4 June 2017

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Foyle is called in to investigate two murders, the first takes place at a psychiatric hospital, young Doctor Julian Worth, cocky, and unpopular with his peers is found dead, secondly young German Johann, who's been working as a farm hand on the farm of Rose Dawson, prime suspect in the latter is Fred Dawson, who's just returned from five years in a German Prisoner of War camp.

Fair to say I don't think a bad episode of Foyle's War exists, they vary between very good and outstanding, Broken Souls is one of my favourites, again I think it comes down to the superb writing, the brilliance of Michael Kitchen and co, and the fantastic production values.

A very strong cast, Natasha Little, Nicholas Woodeson, and one of my favourite actors, Joseph Mawle. Jonathan Forbes does an incredible job as young German Johann.

It's quite a different episode, primarily because most of your sympathies lay with The German Soldier, when they should be with Fred, having returned from five years of hell.

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