Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 6

Agatha Christie's Poirot

On DVD: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Special Guests:

Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck)

Agatha Christie’s Poirot, the Belgium detective which she made famous in several novels and short stories, has been a mainstay in the detective world. In 1989 the character was made even more well known when English actor David Suchet began playing him in the British series named after the title character, and continues to do so to this day with more Poirot novels being translated to the small screen for release sometime in 2013.

If you know me then you know I have a love for British detective drama’s. There is a level of sophistication about them that I love and 9 times out of 10 they are so well written that your left guessing all the way to the end. That being said, when I found a copy of Poirot Series 6 in my work pile I was very interested. I’d never seen the show but I had heard good things from sources on the internet.

The series comes with four nearly two hour long episodes; Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Hickory Dickory Dock, Murder On The Links, and Dumb Witness. Each of them comes on their own disc and according to the cover all of them have been remastered and are in their original U.K. broadcast order. There are no bonus features included.

As I threw on the first episode the first that that popped into my mind was that the original film must have looked god awful because even remastered the picture in series 6 still looks pretty aged. The second was that the show is presented in a 4:3 Full screen presentation. I know this is probably the original format in which the show appeared back when it was first aired but while they were remastering they could have made exceptions for 16:9 screens, not that most present day television sets have a button to stretch a full screen picture to fit the screen. In any case I wasn’t to impressed with the quality of the shows picture and presentation.

As the show rolled on, I’ll be honest, I just wasn’t very interested. The characters were too over dramatized, the situations conveniently laid out using tacky old detective story devices, and even Poirot seemed to display no interesting characteristics for me. He had moments where he was thrust into an awkward situation that provided a brief moment of hilarity, but as a detective he was rather dry. It was like the world kept moving all around him while he stumbled upon the obvious clues that an army of policemen failed to detect, and then at the end of the show he had it all worked out, somehow. There was no investment opportunities for me as a viewer, no characters in which I could find myself relating to.

Thinking that maybe this formed opinion might be based on a fluke I marched on into the next episode, Hickory Dickory Dock, and found myself once again alienated form the episode and bored by it’s characters and their plight. I think when it comes down to it, and I don’t know since this particular series was filmed in the mid-90’s, the show just felt dated. I mean, I know it’s a period mystery drama, but it felt like a step backwards in my whole experience with British detective shows.

I know that there are thousands of fans of this show who would argue with me but this is just one mans opinion. Regardless, if you’re a fan you’ll find your way to this release and love it. If not then I would highly suggest you find some source in which you can obtain a copy of Poirot so that you can see if you like it before you make that initial investment into a purchase. I know that my library carries the series on DVD. That could be a way to go. Either way final judgment is yours. Enjoy. 

AJ Garcia
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