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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Set 3


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Telefilms: B-



The Inspector Lynley Mysteries hits its third season and Sgt. Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) has been demoted, but in the tradition of the same clichéd scene that played itself out in James Cameron’s Aliens (1986) and was cut from Jonathan Demme’s The Silence Of The Lambs (1991), this is just a bad plot device that will not stop the heroine in the long run.


Inspector Lynley himself (Nathaniel Parker) is not happy about this, a big change from the friction that has marked their relationship for so long since the pilot.  This makes for half-hearted filler, then the murders go on again to be investigated as usual.  The titles are as follows:


1)     In Pursuit Of The Proper Sinner

2)     A Traitor To Memory

3)     A Cry For Justice (Jenny Agutter guest stars)

4)     If Wishes Were Horses



This remarkably still does not oversimplify their relationship or makes the show watered down because of the cliché, but it hurts the tone of the show and is one of those cases where the viewer can say “that will not stop her” and be right.  In any mystery show, the audience should never be smarter than the characters and this is the first time the show falls for that.  It also prevents The Inspector Lynley Mysteries of being more of a key genre work than had been hoped for, so it will have to settle for minor classic status.


The 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 image is finally anamorphically enhanced, but the improvement is not enough to raise its otherwise color consistent look.  It is still the best the show has looked by default on DVD to date, so better late than never.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has Pro Logic surrounds in all cases, sounding clearer and cleaner as the shows go on.  There are no extras as there were on the second set, which is a shame and a disappointment.  We again recommend all the shows to date, but with the stipulation that one watches them in the original broadcast order.  Otherwise, you cheat yourself out of some great British television.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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