Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - Season 2 - Blu-ray Review
It's time for a little bit of an imported mystery
phenomenon: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is a popular and
television production produced in Australia that has literally "made
waves" outside of its home country by being imported to over 120
stations and distributors around the globe. It's become a huge success
one of the new productions Acorn Media in the US has been distributing
alongside their branch of popular mysteries. For fans of mysteries, Miss
Fisher's Murder Mysteries might just make for a fun diversion that
place in a neat setting: the 1920's era in Melbourne. Season 2 keeps
entertainment factor going along.
The series was created by two mystery writer's -
known as Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger. Cox is the head writer and
making sure that the series stays interesting and fresh each season.
is based on a popular novel series written by Kerry Greenwood. The
focus on the
show is centrally on the main character Phryne Fisher (otherwise known
Fisher). Performed with wit and style by Essie Davis, the character is
is full of the smarts, glamour, and skills needed to take on the
surrounding her private eye life. Throughout the show, the writers seem
to focus both on the character elements and certainly the mysteries in
episode and Davis does a good job making the show blend a
In addition to the central character Miss Fisher,
involves the Detective John "Jack" Robinson (Nathan Page) as the
second hand helping Miss Fisher during most of her cases. Utilizing his
connections and abilities in his field, he's a huge aid to various
despite Miss Fisher ultimately being the number one person there to
things get accomplished. Reluctant to
help at first, the oddball duo seem romantically united with a
question-mark hovering around this aspect of the show. Will they ever
take the affections
they have for each other and turn it into a romantic relationship?
Alongside Miss Fisher there is also the up-tempo
kind-natured friend known as Dorothy "Dot" Williams (Ashleigh
Cummings) , her greatest ally and friend, who helps out in various
so that a 'mission accomplished' ending can be the ultimate result for
Unlike Miss Fisher, she is a devout Catholic and is a lot more
certain morale aspects, which sometimes adds a element to the show's
given the odd situations Miss Fisher sometimes finds herself in.
Dot is also in a relationship with Constable Hugh
Collins ( Hugo
Johnstone-Burt), a sort of shy, bumbling, but sweet man who clearly
-- seeing the romantic interludes of these two characters is a element
show that adds some heart to it that ultimately raises the series
quality. The romantic element makes the
cheery and enjoyable amidst the dark murder mysteries. The show's focus
characters like these ones helps to keep it in a more lighthearted vein
audiences can root for the cast of characters while exploring these
themes in the individual episodes.
The second season continues the mystery adventures
began in season one and for the audience following these mysteries --
indeed, for those who are new to the show but are looking for a new
series to follow, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries provides those
with a few head-scratchers whodunit's and makes the show a success for
appreciate episodic mysteries that unravel episode-to-episode. Though
the mystery elements might be easier for some, or more complex, given
sometimes red-herrings are aplenty.
The production aspect of the series is one of the
qualities of the program. Each episode produced costs around 1 million
for this series. This is due largely because it has been filmed with
given to the type of equipment utilized, the production design of the
location-filming, costume design, props, and various other aspects
which add up
to this finely detailed production.
There was a lot of care given to these production
(especially aspects like the costumes, make-up, and art-direction,
to keep things interesting visually. Given that the setting is the
production must accurately reflect the aesthetics of the time and the
seems to do a good job with this aspect). The direction and writing
also are a
good aspect that go hand-in-hand and keep the show entertaining.
are many unique aspects of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and
will be a blast to discover for the fans who are devoted to this
mystery/drama and followed its successful first year out.
Presented on Blu-ray in 1080i High Definition, Miss
Murder Mysteries looks quite good on Blu-ray for the most part - it
isn't perfect. The interlacing is sometimes a distraction and there
occasionally were compression artifacts to be found: a result of lower
bit-rates given that there are four or five hour long episodes featured
disc. However, this does not mean the presentation is without merit.
depth and generally pretty strong and the high quality production
looks beautiful on this Blu-ray release, which accurately reproduces
production of the show. The series is presented in its original
ratio of 1.78:1.
The series is presented with stereo 2.0 DTS-HD
This helps viewers to better hear nuances in the music and sound-stage.
though the audio is stereo only, the show's audio presentation works
reproducing the dialogue, music, and occasional effects. Fans will
pleased with its clean and efficient sound design.
English SDH subtitles are provided for the deaf
and hard of
Supplements include series 2 promos (5 min.),
scenes footage (32 min.), a "season's greetings" (2 min.), and a
photo gallery for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. All supplements included are presented in
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is a good
has a balance between a murder-of-the-week plot-line
and a focus upon the characters that make the program much more
show isn't the most complex storytelling-wise, but it's well-done, and
an important aspect that keeps it interesting. The production merits
sometimes astonishing so that's certainly a reason why some watch
the program. Fans of the show should certainly add to their collections
interested and enjoy another batch of mysteries.
As for presenting viewers
with some good news: Season 3 has been green-lit as of June 2014. The
possibility of a non-renewal was close but the program's devoted
around the globe perhaps inspired renewal. In any case, look forward
to even more new mysteries (unraveling to viewers sometime in 2015).
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.