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Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season 1 (2020)
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Drawn from the likes of other heroines like Elizabeth Peterson's Amelia Peabody, Phillips' performance is so enthralling it brings thrills on its own and enhances everyone else's work.
It's an easy-to-take show that does most everything well, looks good, has a lively pulse. The mysteries are suitably twisty but not so obscure that you won't solve a few before the detectives do.
Lack of experience isn't this show's crime. The real murderer is the show's total absence of spark, the workmanlike dialogue and uninspired performances.
There is a curious kind of sexual tension being cooked up constantly, and as entertainment the series is droll, not deep, and good fun for fans of English period-piece mysteries.
Pleasant. Mild. Benign. And yet, is that really a crime?
Audience Reviews for Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season 1
Feb 23, 2021Well done and wonderfully acted, if a little predictable. Mystery fans may notice the 2020 suffragette episode resembles the explosive 2019 "Murdoch" suffragette episode. And are they running the Murdoch title sequence backwards for their opening credits? Great minds think alike.
Feb 16, 2021Great fun, well acted
Feb 09, 2021More realistic than Sherlock! A strong female lead!
Feb 03, 2021Victoran Mary Sue. Enough said.
Feb 02, 2021Not bad--worth watching because the cast and dialog are good. The first thing that strikes me is that it's a rip-off of PBS's Phryne Fisher mysteries. Phryne Fisher is set in Australia instead of England, but that's pretty much the only difference. Even Phryne is called "the lady detective," like Eliza. And instead of Inspector Jack Robinson as the love interest, it's Inspector William (The Duke) Wellington.
Jan 31, 2021I have to say I only saw 2 episodes so far but it is rife with historical inaccurate elements like Miss S's bleached teeth, the fact that she is not in black mourning with a parent recently death and as a virgin in Victorian times realising what being gay is.
Jan 31, 2021Watched 4 episodes of this series. Sadly disappointing. Could have been a super fun and innovative series set in the 1880s, but is rife with aggressive anachronisms and societal attitudes from 2021. Modern-day attitudes are overlaid on the past when actually, if a woman acted like Miss Scarlet does, especially having no family and apparently few or no friends, she would be committed to an asylum. Sigh... I'd eagerly awaited the debit of this show, as did my Mom (who is 90). We were chagrined to see how the main character is acting like a narcissistic brat from 2021, pouting, acting put-upon, flouting social conventions. However, the series pretends that in 1880 there were absolutely no social conventions any different from now--while in reality that era was extremely oppressive, and people's roles were rigidly defined and nonnegotiable. But here is Miss Scarlet flitting around, mouthing off to everyone, having bristly easily offended sensibilities, but also being able to shoot a gun like a pro, always knowing more than any man, uncannily able to see everything that men overlook, and matter of fact and unflinching when told about a secret society of men who meet on the downlow due to their proclivities. In reality, a young, unmarried woman of that time would not likely even know what he was talking about--nor would a man in his situation ever confide in someone he barely knew about such a then-taboo orientation. The actress (and character) is mostly emotionless and expressionless except for the type of direct come-hither suggestive stare through through the eyelids that in--in reality--in the 1880s only "ladies of the evening" would have given powerful men, as she does brazenly to the police chief. My 90-year-old Mom laughed: "I'm old enough to remember that women didn't even behave this way in the 1930s, let alone the age of my grandmothers!"
Jan 25, 2021The theme of "boo hoo, women are discriminated against in Victorian England" is anachronistic and tedious to a 21st century audience. As a viewer, I want to get beyond what women were perceived to be unable to do because they were women—the reminder of these beliefs is riling.