'Shetland: Season Five'
(Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2019 / BBC Home Entertainment)
Overview: Douglas Henshall returns as DI Jimmy Perez in the latest installment of this acclaimed long-running crime series inspired by Ann Cleeves' bestselling novels.
DVD Verdict: When a severed human hand washes up in a Shetland beach, Perez and his team face a disturbing new investigation. The victim is identified as a young Nigerian man, spotted in Lerwick a few days before, but what was he doing on the island?
As Perez edges closer to a sinister truth stretching far beyond Shetland's shores, drawing him into a desperate search for a vulnerable young woman, this compelling new single mystery told over six parts is one of the BBC's best yet.
For my money, 'Shetland' is the BEST detective show I've seen in ages (although if you want grit, try 'Luther'!). Complete with some great storylines that keep you guessing the whole way through the series and stunning scenic backgrounds, it deals with some dark topics; but at its core it's a really heartwarming show because of the empathy and respect that is shown to all of the characters.
Funnily enough, 'Shetland' still hasn't had a story take place in wintertime, and this fifth season wanders a wee bit (perhaps) too much on occasion about a story of people traffickers; and maybe a romance for Perez with a truly annoying woman!
Aside from the always-looked-DOA romance with a married woman, Tosh maybe finds a boyfriend while Sandy maybe gets suspended for being stupid! Rhona still just sits around scowling at everyone and eventually the whole trafficking story devolves into various murders (some you may have seen coming, one or two other perhaps not).
Henshall is, as always, excellent as the dogged Detective Perez plying his trade against the spectacular background of the Shetland isles. Intelligent storylines and well drawn characters put this a cut above the average detective series, as mentioned, but its his acting touch that makes it all grounded.
A quirky mix of natural beauty, economical dialogue and a script that made policing way more linked to the community it serves, 'Shetland' is one of those rare television series that transports the viewer to a remote place that he has probably never heard of - and would normally never see. It is definitely worth a look and this fifth season out now through BBC Home Entertainment is a great place to pop your head into and find out for yourself.
Episode 1: A severed hand washes up on a Shetland beach, with further body parts discovered in a holdall that has been dumped at sea. Perez and the team begin a complex murder investigation.
Episode 2: A horrifying discovery at the Hayes house changes the course of the investigation. Perez establishes the probable cause for Daniel's murder and his sister Zezi's disappearance.
Episode 3: Sandy feels the heat. Convinced that McGuire is the key to cracking the case, Perez travels to Glasgow in an attempt to track him down.
Episode 4: Sure that Zezi is being held on Shetland, Perez and the team ramp up the pressure on their remaining leads. Personally, Perez finds himself in turmoil after his kiss with Alice.
Episode 5: The discovery of Nikki’s body intensifies the search for Zezi. Perez feels that time is running out. A desperate Olivia tries to get information from Jamie Hayes.
Episode 6: With Olivia giving up hope, Perez at last closes in on Zezi’s location. But can he reach her before it’s too late? Duncan is traumatised after his discovery on the beach.
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.