Judge David Johnson has a mind to spill. He's a slob.
Travel warning: Wales is full of deranged perverts.
Noel Bain (Philip Madoc) is a gruff Welsh detective, known for his no-nonsense investigative attitude and his crotchetiness. And while he may be bearded and salty, he gets results and is often immediately called in for the more unnerving crimes that go down in Wales.
This third go-round—A Mind to Kill: Series 3—features eight, feature-length made-for-TV mysteries, spread over four discs, and featuring dastardly villains, virtually all of whom possess some serous sexuality issues. So in other words: lighthearted viewing!
• "Colour Blind"
• "The Little House in the Forest"
There you go, 776 minutes of Welsh crime-fighting. The series starts out with a bang, with the first two episodes ratcheting up the depravity, but things eventually settle down, as the cases become more mainstream and less sex-obsessed. I admit the opening sequence of that falling kid snapped my attention, but my mind wandered as the series tread more innocuous ground.
Still, these are good mysteries, well-staged and well-acted. As Bain, Philip Muldoc is even-keel, yet bad-ass; in a subdued, stern fatherly sort of way. He may not be flashy or memorable, but the guy is extraordinarily competent, which, I suppose, is just another way of saying "He's not flashy or memorable." Recommended for mystery-mongers.
Episodes receive solid 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, 2.0 stereo mixes, and text-only info about the female leads of the series.
Not Guilty. Don't go to Wales.
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