30 August 2018 | ringthebells18
A Different Perspective
I love this series. Its a spin off of The Bletchley Circle that originally aired on PBS in the US. A diverse group of four women band together to use code breaking skills they developed while in the service during WWII to solve various mysteries they encounter. The four leading actresses provide flawless performances and the actors in supporting roles are also excellent.
Set in post-war San Francico the plots touch on issues of the time - sexism, police corruption, homophobia, racial inequities, drug gang, anti-communist fervor. Sadly, most of those issues are still very relateable. The seriousness of the subject matter is counter-balanced by the pleasure of watching the women develop their relationship to the world and each other. All four of the exceptionally intelligent women push against the constraints that bind them in order to express their individual talents and passions.
The script writing is weak, especially in comparison to season 1 of the original Bletchley Circle but it seems to have been produced as a broadcast tv series rather than a PBS or BBC production and the high quality acting more than compensates for the poor writing.
A well-acted historical series with four female leading characters is a rarity that shouldn't be dismissed because it isn't perfect. I look forward to watching this weekly in part because its entertaining but it doesn't require total brain death to be enjoyed.