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22 November 2011 @ 09:40 pm
Death in Paradise: Episode Five  
Richard Poole turns a year older on St. Marie. And spends most of that day trying to regain back some professional self-respect.

Poole is tasked with overseeing the transfer of a prisoner to St. Marie to serve out the remainder of his sentence. The prisoner is one Leon Hamilton, a con man who jilted the residents of St. Marie out of 2 million dollars but was caught and imprisoned on a separate island. Poole arrives to transport Hamilton to St. Marie via ferry and is even cuffed to the man throughout the duration of the trip for security purposes. So it's a bit of egg on the DI's face when Hamilton is murdered while attached to Poole and Poole doesn't see a thing.

Poole's commissioner is livid and demands for Poole to solve the murder ASAP. I loved how despite getting reamed out for incompetence, Poole kept his head and tried to use this unfortunate incident as a means of getting home. "I suggested I should be shipped back to England in disgrace. He refused. Worth a try." Oh, Poole. Just accept your fate.

I'm rather proud to say that I actually figured this one out. This show must be working on me because there was one observation Poole made halfway through the episode and in hearing that, I just shifted my assumptions about what had happened and the entire case fell into place which is the tenor of how Poole tends to solve his cases. My only gripe with this mystery is that I felt the logic of the murder was still a bit of a stretch but I'm willing to take it as this was overall a much stronger episode than last week's.

While Poole fights to put right what went wrong under his nose, he also gets to celebrate his first birthday on St. Marie. And by celebrate it was mainly him trying to duck out of the festivities his coworkers attempted to foist on him. Seriously, Poole. JUST ACCEPT YOUR FATE.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: MST3K_Cha-Chaguardian_chaos on November 23rd, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
"Mad as a bag of frogs"? Goodness! Lines like that make me wonder if I should be paying closer attention to this show. I haven't seen it at all, unless the clip that played alongside Sherlock's preview in that one commercial counts. :p
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
I think you'd rather love Richard Poole. He's so hilariously British.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on November 24th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
Ohhh, well, I do love British comedy. I just got Black Books from Amazon.com today. It's the first time I've seen series 2 and 3, so I've basically been a wiggly fit of joy for several hours. It's been a great night, I gotta say.

Manny as a worm. Manny working for a competing bookstore. Bernard snarling and stumbling everywhere. THIS SHOW. THIS SHOW. Eee!
formerly lifeinsomniac: Poole Wants Teajoonscribble on November 24th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
The show is about 50% Sherlock and 50% comedy. Ben Miller is sort of perfection as a grumpy Englishman who just wants his tea, his cold wet London and all he gets is beautiful Caribbean beaches and fruity drinks with umbrellas.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: TemptingFateguardian_chaos on November 24th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Haha, he sounds so miserable. Randomly rainy days must make him so happy...until he realizes they're potential precursors to tropical storms, that is. He can't catch a break!