Frost is frustrated in his interrogations of two men that stabbed a young woman during a robbery and a predatory professor possibly involved in an assault on a pretty co-ed.Frost is frustrated in his interrogations of two men that stabbed a young woman during a robbery and a predatory professor possibly involved in an assault on a pretty co-ed.Frost is frustrated in his interrogations of two men that stabbed a young woman during a robbery and a predatory professor possibly involved in an assault on a pretty co-ed.
So much appeals about 'A Touch of Frost'. Love the mix of comedy (mostly through Frost's snide comments and quips) and dark grit, the tension between rebellious Jack Frost and by-the-book Mullet which has led to some humorous moments, how he interacts with the rest of the staff, the deft mix of one or two cases and Frost's personal life, how Frost solves the cases, the production values, music and of course David Jason in one of his best roles.
There may have been people initially sceptical about whether the show would work, and with Jason (a mainly comedic actor) in a departure from usual in the lead role. Scepticism very quickly evaporated, with the first season containing three consistently great episodes, even with the darker and grittier approach with less humour, that established the tone and characterisation so brilliantly so early on with no signs of finding-their-feet. The next two seasons and "Paying the Price" were more than up to their levels, with "Appropriate Adults" and "Paying the Price" being two of the show's best episodes.
For me, "Deep Waters" is the second best episode of Season 4 after "Paying the Price", though all the episodes are good and there was not a bad episode of the show up to this point, the weakest being the still pretty good "Unknown Soldiers".
Visually, as always with 'A Touch of Frost', "Deep Waters" looks great. It matches the dark, gritty tone of the episode beautifully with atmospheric lighting and the stylish way it's shot. The music is haunting without being over-bearing while the theme tune is one of the most iconic in the detective genre (or at least to me it is).
The script is well written, with a few very amusing quips from Frost, and thought-provoking, while the direction is solid and has more clarity than in "Unknown Soldiers" for example. The story is absorbing with some very surprising twists and turns when things get more complicated (without getting overly so) and plenty of suspects. The final solution is shocking and full of suspense, one of the show's most memorable endings.
Frost is a remarkably well-established character for so early on, and one cannot help love his interaction with the rest of the officers and his chemistry with Bruce Alexander's stern and by-the-book Mullet, who constantly despairs of Frost's unconventional approach.
Jason is brilliant, then again he always was as Frost, while Bruce Alexander, John Lyons and a returning Matt Bardock are more than up to his level. As are early career Tamzin Malleson and Damian Lewis and more seasoned performers like Jonathan Hyde and Gillian Bevan.
In conclusion, great episode and the second best of Season 4. 9/10 Bethany Cox
- Jul 1, 2017