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Jan 14

TV series and how they end

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in Fandom

Some TV series end too soon, others end up going on for far too long, but some may end at just the right time.

I can tell you one series that went on for too long (or rather could have stopped sooner, even though the fans really wanted more). Roswell. Season 3 was complete crap. It may sound harsh, but it ruined everything. Knowing what I know now, I’d much have preferred to part with the series while it was still good.

It was a bit similar with Veronica Mars, but in comparison, that season 3 was excellent compared to Roswell’s, it was just a lot worse than season 1 and 2.

I apologize for bringing up a very old TV series – The House of Eliott, but I loved that series and I thought it was (gasp) a lot better than for instance Downton Abbey, which I did nevertheless quite enjoy too. The House of Eliott ended far too soon and I think it would have been an excellent idea to end it with a movie. Imagine the glamour of all those 1920’s dresses… And I’m not even that big a fan of fashion. I’m more of a history fan.

It may seem odd to mention Sliders in the same context as The House of Eliott. I mean, there will obviously be no glamorous dresses in Sliders. However, I think a movie at the end might have helped the series. If there could be no movie, then sadly I think the series should have ended sooner.

Prey ended far too soon. It was a very exciting series and I would have loved to see at least one more season before it ended.

The X files – well, I’d much rather have had it end when Mulder left, than have to suffer Doggett in it. This is a series that went on for a very long time and maybe it would have been better to just accept that it was over, than have it go on and lose its quality. On the other hand, I understand that there are viewers who actually liked Doggett and kept enjoying the series up until the end. Or did they really? Who could stand to lose Alex Krycek the way he left the series? What a crap ending for his character.

Horatio Hornblower is a series that I stopped watching before its end, because I heard that Archie Kennedy, one of my two favorite characters in the series, was going to die. I didn’t want to see that, even though there’s always fan fiction, right? I just decided that I’d had enough of the series. They could have given him a better ending if they wanted to get rid of him. Sure, having him die probably gave them plenty of opportunity for Hornblower angst, but frankly, they could have had that some other way, and left Archie alive and well, but not actually with Horatio. Why not?

Star Trek The Next Generation was a series that I think probably ended at just the right time. It went on for quite a long time and although as always the quality of the different episodes varied, I think it ended without disappointment. And there was a movie or two which was great.

In general, I can only say that if a series has to end, it has to end well. No stupid cliffhangers that lead nowhere since the series is canceled before there’s a resolution to the ending of season 1. There should always be closure of some kind.

What do you think? Do you have any examples of series that ended too soon or too late or at just the right time? Are you as annoyed by series ending badly or do you just move on to the next one?

Aug 25

Changing my mind

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Fandom, Writing

When I posted about the tv series Vera, a while back, I was convinced I’d never wite a fanfic based on the fandom, even though I love the series and the main characters. Sometimes that’s just the way it is. Then a few days later, I found that my mind was hard at work dreaming up an angsty fic about Joe Ashworth, and Vera too. I was completely astonished. Maybe you should never say never…

Jun 4

Books I’d like to see made into TV series and/or movies

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 in Literature

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about my favorite books and how I’d love to see them turned into (successful) tv series and/or movies. Actually, there are some that have already been televised or made into movies that I’d still like see more of.

Of the latter, I can mention Tolkien’s LOTR trilogy and Bilbo/the Hobbit. I’ve read somewhere that the Tolkien family would like to see some sort of TV series with movie-length episodes or something like that. That would be great. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the movies, but the LOTR trilogy is the sort of books that you can never get enough of.

Janet Evanovich’s books about the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum (hllarious ‘mysteries’) have already been made into a few different movies. I’ve seen the latest one (at least I think it’s the latest one). In some ways I loved it (for instance the actresses playing Stephanie and Lula were great, even though I’d never imagined that Katherine Heigl would make a good Stephanie Plum.) However, there were some things lacking – I wasn’t at all happy about either ‘Joe Morelli’ or ‘Ranger’. The actors playing them weren’t anything like I’d imagined those two hotties from the books. So more of Stephanie Plum would be great.

I’ve already mentioned how much I love Diana Wynne Jones’ books and though I have seen Howl’s Living Castle by Hayao Miyazaki and loved it, I think more can be done with that book (and possibly the sequels, I especially like House of Many Ways). Other favorites among Diana Wynne Jones’s books are Power of Three, A Tale of Time City, Archer’s Goon, Hexwood, Deep Secret, The Merlin Conspiracy, A Sudden Wild Magic and the whole Chrestomanci series. Also Wild Robert. In fact, I love most of DWJ:s books with a few exceptions (Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Year of the Griffin and some parts of Enchanted Glass and The Year of the Ghost). I’m also not crazy about Homeward Bounders (mainly the ending) and I have mixed feelings about The Dalemark Quartet. I really liked the last book in the series, but I wasn’t completely fond of the first three. Most, if not all of DWJ:s books would make great TV series and/or movies, I think.

Charles DeLint’s books are mostly wonderful and imaginative and I especially love Dreams Underfoot and The Blue Girl. Both would make great TV series and/or movies. I always think that DeLint’s greatest strength is the way he can create strong, likeable female characters. Unfortunately, I’d also like to say it’s his greatest weakness. There’s a certain naïveté about women that sometimes annoys me. In DeLint’s world all women are wonderful and love each other and we all know that’s not the case in the real world. Also, he seems to have a rather simplistic view of men – the good looking ones are always evil and the ugly ones always good – and again, I know that’s not always the case. In my experience, sadly enough, most people are mean, rude and unpleasant regardless of gender and looks. The few who aren’t can look any way between gorgeous and ugly.

Garth Nix’s series about Sabriel/The Abhorsen are absolutely amazing and I love all the books in the series that I have read so far. I hear there’s another book out that hasn’t been as well received so I’m not sure about that one, but all the others would make great movies or tv series. It has a strong female character and is set in a unique fascinating world of magic and wonder (as well as some horrors, unfortunately).

I love Gregory Frost’s books about Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet). In these two books Frost has created a beautiful, poetic and completely unique world. It’s mainly sea, with just a few islands scattered around the world, but somehow a huge bridge has appeared and on that people live. I’m not quite sure how it looks – spirals and spans are mentioned and I imagine it’s not just a straight bridge but several different stretches in spiral form? I can’t quite visualize it, but what’s really magical and wonderful about this huge bridge is that the various towns and cities on it all speak different languages and have different cultures but once you pass the border crossings (usually a tunnel or at least some kind of portal or barrier), you soon begin to understand.

In a way, Frances Hardinge’s books remind me of DWJ:s books, though it’s hard to say exactly how. They’re not that similar if you look at the details. What’s really interesting about these books is that they’re all so different from each other. There are two that are set in the same world, with the same main character, a fun girl called Mosca Mye, who travels around the world with her homicidal goose (!) and an old con man who isn’t her father but has reluctantly agreed to look after her (naturally because he thinks he stands to gain something by it). That would make a fun movie or TV series I think, but they’re not my favorite books by Hardinge, there are some that are even better.

Well Witched (also known as Verdigris Deep, for some reason) is set in our world, but features a sinister wishing well.

Gullstruck Island (also known as The Lost Conspiracy) on the contrary, is set in a different, but fascinating and unique world. Imagine a colonial power that is like a mix of English and Tibetan (!) that has colonized a culture of islands like those in the Pacific in our world. I didn’t think I’d particularly like this setting, but it turned out I was wrong, because I really loved this book. Partly, I suppose because of the main character, Hathin, who again, is strong and likeable.

Finally, Cuckoo Song, is a creepy and mysterious book about a girl with many secrets, even from herself. Just like Well Witched, it’s seemingly set in our world (in this case in the years after the First World War). It’s dark, scary and sad, but fortunately has a sort of happy ending at last.

I’ve already reviewed the Feyland series (at least the first two books, that I’ve already read) so if you’ve read those reviews you already know why I love that series so much. They too would make a great TV series or movie, I think.

All this was mainly fantasy, but I do have many favorite mystery series and science fiction series too. I’ll start with what I think could be described as science fantasy.Kelly McCulloughs Web Mage series. It’s a mix of Greek mythology, magic and computer programming, set in what is basically our present day world, but the main character Ravirn travels between dimensions by a mix of magic and programming.

The books about Henghis Hapthorn by Matthew Hughes (Majestrum, The Spiral Labyrinth and Hespira). These too, can be described as a science fantasy series, set in the far future, in Old Earth’s ‘penultimate’ age when magic is beginning to replace science as the dominant force in the universe. I liked the last book best, but all were interesting, though the plot felt a little ‘pale’ to me in the first two books. However, the setting more than makes up for that and there are also some really fascinating details that also make the books worth reading. It would be difficult to make them into movies, I think, but if it were possible, I’d say it would be worth it. I for one, would be fascinated to see a successful movie or TV series made from them.

Next comes a traditionally published science fiction book that I really love. It’s funny, fascinating and rather romantic too. I’m referring to To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis. It could be described as a time travel comedy adventure. I’d love to see this as either a movie or a TV series, with great actors of course.

The following are ebooks, freebies, but I love them just as much as the last book. All of them, would make great TV series and movies.

Fatal Boarding and Deep Crossing by E.R Mason. I have already reviewed these two books, but I’ll just say that I found them very interesting to read and I’m sure they’d make excellent movies.

The Backworlds by M. Pax. This too, is a book I recently reviewed, and like I said in that, I really liked the book. It would be fun to see it made into a TV series or movie – though I’m not sure the special effects might be quite up to portraying Craze and his friends.


Barbara Nadel’s mysteries set in Turkey. I have reviewed these books before but I’ll just say that I love them. They are sometimes a little too upsetting emotionally, but they’re also very well written and fascinating. Before I read them I didn’t know that much about Turkey and certainly not about police work.

Eliot Pattison’s mysteries set in Tibet. I have reviewed these too, but I’ll repeat that I really like them. They’re well written and well researched (as far as I can tell and I have taken an interest in Tibet every since I was a child). The only problem is that the situation in China-occupied Tibet is so heartbreakingly tragic it upsets me to read them. I’m sure that for political reasons, these books will never be made into either a tv-series or a movie, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing to see it done.

Jean-François Parot’s French historic mysteries. These books have actually been made into a French tv-series and I’d love to get my hands on them (but preferably with at least English subtitles, if not Swedish). They’ve also been translated into English and since my sister has bought the first two books, translated, I have been able to take a look at the quality. As usual, the English version is excellent. I’d love to see this series one way or another.

Kidnapping in Kaua’i by Ava Easter. This was a fun read, but also fascinating with its references to Hawaiian folkore and myth. The book is very well written, has a likeable main character and I was able to read it for free on Wattpad. It would be great as a YA tv series and I’d love to see it.

Susan Russo Anderson’s books set in 1860’s Sicily about midwife and private investigator Serafina Florio. I have reviewed the books in this series that I have read so far and I’m looking forward to reading more. They would make a wonderful tv series. If they’re made into one, I’d love to see them shown on some channel I can get.

I’m sure I have many more favorites, that I didn’t think of right now and maybe I’ll do another post with these other books, if and when I think of them, but this will do for now.

Mar 8

Some favorite books I recommend

Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Books

I thought I’d do a post about some books I’d like to recommend. It’s a mix of new and old, e-books and printed books and several different genres.

E-books (that I’d love to buy in print):

Wattpad books:

* Kidnapping in Kaua’i by Ava Easter (mystery/fantasy),
* Feyland: The First Adventure, Feyland: The Dark Realm, Feyland: The Bright Court by Anthea Sharp (fantasy)

From other sites, such as Smashwords and Amazon:

* The Backworlds by M Pax (Science fiction)
* The Rune House by L J Hutton (fantasy)
* Housewife with a Halflife by A B Wells (fantasy)
* Cut Crop and Die by Joanna Campbell Slan (scrapbook mystery)
* The Night Also Rises by C B McCullough (SF)
* Fatal Boarding and Deep Crossing by E R Mason (SF)
* Defying Fate by D L Morrese (fantasy/science fiction)
* Bonds of Fire by Sophie Duncan (fantasy slash romance)
* The Glass Wall, Behind the Mirror by Madison Adler/Carmen Caine

Print books:


* Eliot Pattison’s Tibet mysteries
* Barbara Nadel’s Turkey mysteries
* Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum comic mysteries
* Susan Russo Anderson’s historic mysteries set in Sicily (one of them only available as e-book)
* Jean François Parot’s French historic mysteries (in French and English, maybe other languages)
* Michael Innes’ mysteries
* Denise Mina’s Garnet Hill trilogy


* Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
* the Old Kingdom series about Sabriel by Garth Nix
* The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
* The Blue Girl, Dreams Underfoot by Charles De Lint
* Kelly McCullough: science/tech/fantasy series starting with Webmage
* Eccentric Circles by Rebecca Lickiss
* The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop
* Diana Wynne Jones’ books (all of them)
* Ursula K LeGuin’s Earthsea series
* Frances Hardinge’s books, especially The Lost Conspiracy (Gullstruck Island) and Well Witched    (Verdigris Deep)


* Tattoo the Awakening by Toni Leland

Historic romances

* Penelope by Anya Wylde (comedy)
* Kitty by Catherine Chapman
* The Only Gold by Tamara Allen (slash)

Science Fiction:

* Majestrum, The Spiral Labyrinth, Hespira by Matthew Hughes (sort of science fiction/fantasy)
* To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (time travel story)
* The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K LeGuin

This is really a post about books, but I can’t resist adding some of my current favorite tv series:

Endevour, Grantchester – historic cop series
Shetland, Fortitude – cop series in rather unusual settings

May 8

Some new fandoms

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Fandom

I thought I’d mention some of my ‘new’ fandoms – not necessarily ones I’ll write fic in, but still fandoms I quite enjoy one way or another. Later I’ll probably review some or most of these.

Here is the list:

Mr Selfridge
Death in Paradise
Bletchley Circle
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

VikingsHill is a Swedish YA serial with an intriguing plot, but annoyingly, it’s only five (1) minutes long, which includes a brief preview of next week’s episode. It’s about a teenaged girl who moves to a new residential area that I find a little creepy. All the houses are exactly the same and the area seems to be more or less dead at all times. You only see the school kids going to and from school. The new girl has a mysterious past and things start getting more mysterious her first day in school. Everyone stares at her and whisper behind her back. Eventually, someone tells her that there was a girl who looked exactly like her who disappeared five months earlier. She gets to know some people and tries to figure out some of the mystery, but no one seems to be exactly who they seem to be and she doesn’t know who to trust. It’s definitely not the people who show up wearing masks and stay around for a while to stare at her. This is a web only series. I like that, but most series are available online now, which is very convenient for me. I just don’t seem to be able to turn on the tv (or rather the computer) at the right time. 😉 Here is an image from the series. You won’t be able to watch the episode but maybe you’ll be able to see the pic.

Since I’m sure everyone knows what Sherlock is I’ll just mention that I really enjoyed the last episode of the third season. I wasn’t sure I would, but I did.

In case you’re not familiar with the series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a quite interesting Australian mystery series about a woman who solves mysteries in 1920’s Melbourne, with the help of her maid Dot, two cops, two taxi drivers, and a female doctor. Phryne Fisher has an interesting background, some of it quite dark, but now she is living it up, partying and chasing men, when she’s not out solving mysteries and making sure victims of crime get justice. She’s also an early feminist.

I imagine most of my readers are familiar with the rest of these series, but in case you’re not, I’ll just say a few words about them.

Mr Selfridge is a historic series about the man who founded the department store Selfridges. In season 2 the producers seem to have given up on trying to follow the real Mr Selfridge’s life, simply because comparatively little is known about him. I think that’s an improvement. This season seems to be even better than the first one.

Death in Paradise is, not surprisingly, a cop series, with a bit of comedy. It’s set in a tropical island. There’s also a really hot cop – Fidel Best (played by Gary Carr, known from Downton Abbey) – but I kind of like the other cops too.

Bletchley Circle is about a group of women who worked at Bletchley Park during the war. They are brilliant at cracking codes. Now they’re having trouble adapting to live in postwar England and the enforced inactivity, so they’ve turned to solving murders.

It’s no coincidence that half of these series are historic. I really love the genre. (I also love science fiction, but there seems to be little of that on Swedish tv. Not that I watch much of our tv. Netflix has come in very handy.)

I’d say Bletchley Circle is my favorite, though I know I’ll never write any fic about it. Actually, I like/have liked all of these series.

Aug 4

The new Doctor

Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 in Fandom

So… For the first time I found out almost immediately about who the new doctor will be. In the past, I’ve just stumbled across the news online at some point after the announcement. Unfortunately, I’m really disappointed. I don’t care about the actor’s age or colour, as long as it is a man (I’d love to see a female Time Lord – perhaps The Doctor’s Daughter – but not the actual Doctor). Somehow though, this man doesn’t look like the Doctor at all. Not to me. Sigh.

To be fair though, I wasn’t all that keen on Clara when she first showed up and now I really like her. In fact, I didn’t like Donna either, in The Runaway Bride. I really didn’t see what the big deal was, but after a while, Donna became my favorite companion (well, her and Rory). So who knows? Maybe Peter Capaldi will surprise me, but right now I’m not feeling very happy about one of my favorite tv series.

Feb 11

Les revenants, French tv series

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 in Fandom, Reviews, TV series

Recently, I finished watching a really good French tv series. Swedish television had taken the rather unusual decision of airing it only online, perhaps as a sort of trial to see how popular it would get. I thought it was great. No more keeping track of time, just watching whenever I liked.

The series is about a town where strange things happen. It lies idyllically in the mountains, somewhere in France. Perhaps a French viewer can be more specific about which region it is, or perhaps it’s been left intentionally vague. I’ve seen other series like that.

The first episode begins with a teenage girl wandering around rather dazed in the countryside. She is seen climbing up from a slope, onto a road. She has no memory of how she ended up there. Her last memories are of being on a school trip, on a bus.

She makes her way home and meets her mother inside, telling her she understands if she’s been worried, but something’s happened and she doesn’t remember what. Her mother manages to keep her calm, and embraces her daughter, but we soon learn that the girl, Camille, has been dead for four years, following a tragic accident while on a school trip. Despite that, she seems exactly as she was four years earlier.

Camille only learns about that when her twin sister (!), Léna arrives home, rather late. Léna has a hysterical outburst and Camille is upset too. The family can think of no explanation for Camille’s return.

I won’t go into all the main characters, but Camille is probably ‘the’ main character so I thought I’d describe her more in depth. Léna has had a really hard time dealing with losing her sister and has rebelled against her parents, but she finds it even harder to accept her sister’s return. The two sisters have a falling out.

In later episodes we learn more about the two sisters and also about a number of other characters, some who have returned from the dead, among them a sinister little boy, a good looking young guy, who played in a band, but who, we are told, killed himself on the night before his wedding and a serial killer.

Some of the returned have no families to return to, having died ten, or even, in one case, thirty-five years earlier.

I’ll just end by saying a few words about the name of the series. In French it’s called Les revenants (“the returning”) and in Swedish it’s been given a name that is one of our words for ghosts (literally meaning ‘those who walk again’, or ‘someone who walks again’). I think that’s a bit of a misnomer, in a way. These people are not like traditional ghosts, though somehow, they seem to be able to get around in mysterious ways. However, we never get to see them going through a wall, or anything like that. You never get the impression they are not flesh and blood. They can eat (to begin with, they’re quite hungry), fight, have sex, but have a difficult time sleeping, though some are able to, as time goes by.

If you get a chance to see this series, I can really recommend it. It’s fascinating, creepy but not too terrifying (if it had been, I wouldn’t have been able to watch it). The tension builds slowly with little details adding to the feeling of dread.

Edit: Here is a link to a gallery with images of the main characters. Just click the image to see the next.

Mar 23

More interesting characters

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 in Fandom

I decided there was no reason I should limit myself to characters from tv shows still being made, so I began to think of more characters I like, this time from older tv series. Here’s my next list:

From the British tv series All Creatures Great and Small, Tristan Farnon, played by Peter Davison. This guy’s really got charm and like Jack Harkness he uses it to meet partners (in Tristan’s case, women only). I love the way he treats his university studies – casually, convincing his brother he passed exams he really flunked, but effortlessly re-taking the exams later and eventually graduating. Naturally he becomes a vet just like his brother. As most of you probably know, there’s a Dr Who connection, since Peter Davison played the fifth Doctor and his daughter made a guest appearance in one of the later seasons, playing another Doctor’s daughter. She’s also married to the guy playing that Doctor (Ten) in real life.

From the 1980’s cop series Miami Vice, Detective Sonny Crockett. This guy is really cool, dresses well, lives on a boat, and – need I mention that – he’s hot. I’m currently watching this series on DVD and I just love the music, maybe not the clothes as much, but the general atmosphere (though Florida wouldn’t be my first choice when it comes to vacations.)

From Star Trek – Spock – (though my favorite series were TNG and Voyager). Somehow, even when I was a little kid I always loved Spock. Dare I say that I didn’t think much of TOS and really dislikes Enterprise and the movie? Having said that, I feel I should also mention movie-Uhura. Spock and Uhura were the only good things about the movie (well, old Spock too).

Moving on to the 1990’s, there are almost too many people to choose between, but I’ll try to restrain myself.

Since you’ve probably heard of these people, I’ll just mention their names.

Fox Mulder from the X files.
MIchael Guerin from Roswell (I just love all that angst).

Now the earlier parts of the 2000’s (it’s getting easier to pick my favorites, since there’s so much less to choose between):

From Veronica Mars (excellent series, at least the first two seasons), Cindy ‘Mac’ Mackenzie. She’s a computer genius who helps Veronica on many of her cases. We should have seen more of this girl, she was great.

From Heroes – Hiro, of course, such a great guy and really sweet and kind of cute. I also can’t resist mentioning Peter Petrelli and Mohinder Suresh (who are really hot and of course interesting too.) Oh, and little Micah was really cute and a good actor.

And that’s it. For later favorites see the post before this. I’d love to hear about your favorites too.

Mar 22

Three interesting characters

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Fandom

I recently read a blog post on, where a guy was listing the three most interesting characters in tv shows. His choices surprised me a little, and I thought about which ones I find interesting (‘most’ interesting is hard to define).

Here is a list of three favorites from tv shows running today as far as I know.

From Downton Abbey: Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith.

She’s such a cool old lady, seemingly harsh, but it appears that she does have a heart somewhere, even though it’s hard to tell at first. I just love the way she can something mean in a really funny way.

From Dr Who and Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman. Don’t you just love the way he walks in his uniform jacket? He’s hot, funny and there’s also a bit of angst in his background.

After mentioning Jack Harkness, I just can’t pass over the Doctor himself. “My” Doctor is Nine, but I like Ten and Eleven too and I think I would have liked Five too, but that was way before my time. Speaking of the Doctor, I also have to mention some of his companions, Donna Noble, Wilfred Mott, Donna’s grandfather, Amy Pond and her husband Rory, even though they’re all by now ‘former” companions.

Then finally, a guy you won’t have heard of, but that I really like, Simon Freund from Anno 1790 (1790 AD), the Swedish historic cop series that showed up so unexpectedly when I’d more or less given up on tv. Freund works as a teacher for a Chief of Police in Stockholm in 1790. He falls in love with his employer’s wife and goes off to war, to die, but meets a medic, Johan Gustav Dåådh (‘Deede’) who saves his life and brings him back to his employers where Dåådh too finds work as a police surgeon. Freund is so sweet. When he notices his friend loves the same woman, it doesn’t ruin their friendship. Instead he tries to find Dåådh another girlfriend, but Dåådh arrives home too late for the ‘dinner for two’ his friend has plannned and finds Freund passed out drunk on the couch with the attractive young widow he found, leaning on his arm. Freund has had bad luck in love and has turned to religion and drink for comfort. He’s a Pietist. He carries around a pocket flask that Dåådh is constantly borrowing from him to disinfect wounds or anesthesize live patients (most of his ‘patients’ are murder victims).

So these are the three most interesting characters from currently running tv shows that I could think of. Which ones do you find most interesting?

Oct 28

Historic cop series

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 in Humanities, TV series

This week I watched the first episode of Swedish television’s new historic cop series. Yes, you read that right. It’s a historic cop series set in 1790. Hence the name which means 1790 AD. I’d read a bit about the series and to my disappointment, it was mainly negative, but actually I was quite impressed.

The episode started with a scene of carnage from one of the wars (Sweden-Russia). There’s blood everywhere and a medic is doing his best to save lives. He asks one of the officers for help (at least I guess he is one, but he could also be a messenger, in any case not an ordinary foot soldier).

A moment later they’re attacked again and hit by cannon fire. The medic finds the other guy in a pit on top of dead and dying soldiers. The injured man begs the medic to take his dead body to a certain police commissioner in Stockholm. In the end, the guy survives and the medic takes him back to Stockholm. It seems he’s tutoring the children of his employer.

A high ranking police officer is murdered and the medic is enlisted to find out who and what killed him, more or less against his will. The only reason he agrees to stay is that the police commissioner’s wife begs him to.

After an initial setback, he manages to solve the case, is given the late police officer’s old job and his new friend becomes his ‘sergeant’

Maybe I’m a bit influenced by my years of fan fiction writing (and reading), but I could detect definite slash vibes between the two main characters. LOL. On the other hand, there’s supposedly something between the medic and his employer’s wife. Platonic though.


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