'Death In Paradise - Season Three'
(Kris Marshall, Sara Martins, Danny John-Jules, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / BBC America)
Overview: The light-hearted Caribbean crime drama resumes with a shock! Grieving over the murder of their wool-suited boss and friend Detective Inspector Richard Poole Camille, Fidel and Dwayne don't know what to make of Poole's gawky and accident-prone replacement. Only time will tell if DI Humphrey Goodman s disheveled British charm and razor-sharp crime-solving skills will win their respect and perhaps Camille's heart!
DVD Verdict: If you STILL haven't caught on by now, 'Death in Paradise' is very easy to watch! Even if you despise the old fashioned workings of the likes of Miss Marple and Poirot, you can grow to love this murder mystery.
Set in more sunnier climbs than your usual crime drama, the quirky Caribbean police force combined with some brilliant acting from the always-somber Ben Miller has always been lauded as new and different. BUT, things change, and so when DI Poole is found murdered lounging on the back patio of a party, knife in chest, in just the very first episode, well, it's time to call in reinforcements (from the UK!). And so, please welcome, the one, the only, the always completely disheveled DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall).
So, after two years of DI Poole, we now meet DI Goodman, the newest, sweetest DI sent out from England and watch as his attempts to work himself into the team and solve these perplexing crimes as they occur both fail and illuminate at the same time. I don't want to spoil any of the plots so I will say, just sit back and enjoy all of them as the writers add new levels to each of these fine actors personalities and histories.
What makes this show so much fun is that I like all of the people I've met. the villains deserve what they get, and the good but shady folks usually do right in the end and allow the police to look the other way. So don't analyze them to death just enjoy. In some ways, much like our seemingly hapless, yet genius detective, who he sits back as the show's devious recipe for whodunnit fun lays out before him in these new so-much-fun-to-watch episodes.
The writers came up with some brilliant 'locked room' mysteries here in the third season, not only the traditional whodunit, but how. And I watched the whole season in two days, binge watching like crazy! Oh, did I mention the wonderful views of Sainte-Marie (Guadeloupe) and how the culture is included quite respectfully into the stories and is (as some of the cast say in the features on the third disc) a character in its own right. Highly recommended.
Personally, as I hope you can tell, I thoroughly enjoy this series, and this thirds season, in particular. These are well-crafted mysteries. Red herrings. Impossible crimes. It's not just fun viewing, it's good viewing. It's puzzling viewing. And there is a lot of comedy, too. It may take a while to get used to new people, but it works for me.
So come on into the sunshine, watch the thrill of the chase as the team track down the evidence in their ramshackle police hut and jungle 4x4! Trust me when I say that 'Death In Paradise' will not only try to keep you guessing right up until the end, but it's also a great way to go, my friend! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Meeting the Cast and Crew
Behind the Scenes Featurette