The Missing. Series two. An English mystery crime drama. Episode six. Some notes and a short Third Review. Minor spoilers only. On UK Television- BBC One Wednesdays @ 9pm. Nb. This write-up follows on from my postings on 22nd November 2016 Episode Five with Second Review and 15th November 2016 episodes 1, 2, 3 & 4 with a First Review.

Sunday, 27th of November 2016.

The Missing.


Series Two.

Episode Six.

Saint John.

Uh oh-not the drill..

Now-Eckhausen. Germany.
Present day it helpfully tells us.


Bla bla. David Morrisey and his wife.

It’s Jean Luc.

So. All quite un-cheerful. But some damn fine acting from David Morrisey and his son, Sam.

Missed a bit here. Starts again with Jean Luc Baptiste. In Eckhausen.

So the story has amped up it’s pace a touch..

Then the wife gets nicely manic.

And the story or side story is fairly seriously creepy.

Back and forth. But we don’t care any more it hardly matters. But sometimes a bit confusing.

So it has taken until now to pick up it’s pace for this drama.



So guess what I thought that The Missing had finally come together, in this episode. Then I remembered that due to some recording glitch, I lost somewhere around 20-30 minutes. Of action. well if you could call it action or a story line. Much. In The Missing.

The guess what is there because I realise: that loss was not a loss at all. To the episode. A missing twenty to thirty minutes had actually made the episode better. It barely missed a beat.

Later it transpired that I had missed exactly who (as in one character) had found out-what. To be deliberately vague.

How can this be. I wonder. That I could carry on watching after missing this chunk of time: and still makes sense of things. Even think the episode was better.

Because the length of the episode is just too damn long. In the watching of it. Now it wouldn’t seem so if it was working. Dramatically speaking. Surely.

There is just too much damn fluff and ridiculousness- stuffed in between.

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Dear Readers: a special announcement today, 26th November 2016. This is one of my two new WordPress websites.

Special announcement today, 26th November 2016.

Announcement of my two new WordPress websites.

Dear Readers,

Nb.  I didn’t realise that I wouldn’t be able to post on my old Google blog once I had done this re-direct!

Just in case this announcement was not now available on that site I am repeating it here on my new one.


From my original Blogspot named:

(first started in 2011).

Today we are jumping into the ether and over into my two new, independent WordPress websites.


Clarissima a day in the life of a tv

link: as above

Nb. This google blogspot site has now been redirected to my new wordpress site as above.  It will automatically go there from this site.


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1) Clarissima-a day in the life of a tv

Will be my new blog website.  This will be just the same as my present Google blog.  A list of TV and Netflix reviews.  Shown by date of posting them.  All my recent write-ups.

Nb. The main list is now in pictorial form mainly on the new website.  Shown by the dates on a month calendar showing up bold.  Representing that date as the day of a new posting.

There is a search box for archives.

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This is my new online publishing company.  For self-publishing purposes.

On this second, sister/ brother site if you like- to clarissima-a day in the life of a tv watcher blog:

I will be putting up e books for sale which will be e-books containing collections of my drama reviews.

The different dramas will be divided up and classified as genres.  Instead of by language.  although obviously the language of the drama will be specified.

Please note-This Page Left intentionally blank publishing is not yet fully functional.

**It is currently in test mode**


Nb.  When i started this blog it was a hobby.  Cat photos , my top 100 best ever tunes which ran into hundreds I reckon.

I started writing on the Guardian (newspaper) online blogs on TV series (the first subtitled/ foreign language dramas on BBC Four at the time).

Some of my readers might know my pen name from that time time-clarissima- (Catwoman) ha ha.

So this is me-properly publishing my work.  Like-officially.  If that makes sense.

My work as a writer.  Oo la la!


Nb. Update.

An Original Short Story Collection-coming This page left intentionally blank publishing

I will also soon be publishing an original collection of my short stories (dating from 2011-2016)  on:

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These stories are suitable for older children, teenagers and adults.

Plus eventually I will publish on This page left intentionally blank publishing

my own poetry collection from the archives.


I hope Y’all will enjoy!


London, United Kingdom.

26th November 2016.


Quick note to my readers of some new/ returning series on 20th of November 2016. Braquo and Boulevard du Palais.

Sunday, 20 November 2016


Braquo Series Four is on FOX Channel in the UK currently.
Details to follow.
Series Four-the final series of Braquo-first Aired on Tuesday, 8th of November 2016 on FOX Channel in the UK.

So I finally found something good to watch: Braquo.

Seeing this TV/television trailer for Braquo series Four I discover that the whole preceding three series is on my Tivo box as a Box Set. So I have started with Series One..

Braquo series One is dated 2009.
This is a French Detective crime drama series. Well- sort of Detective..

Boulevard Du Palais.
New Series of Boulevard Du Palais on the French Channel TV5. This channel is on Virgin Media TV.
Details to follow.

Nb. I wrote about Boulevard Du Palais a few years ago. I had watched a few episodes. The series seemed quite dated then but was fairly enjoyable.
Posted by Clarissima at 13:54

Secrets and Lies. An American Detective Crime drama. Episodes: Four, Five and Six. Some notes and dialogue on the episodes. Minor spoilers only. On in the UK on Channel W Tuesdays @ 9pm. This write-up follows on from My First Review of Episode One of Secrets and Lies series two- posted on 23rd October and notes on episodes Two and Three posted on the 1st of November 2016.

Sunday, 20 November 2016
Secrets and Lies.

Episode Four
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

So Eric is getting there. But then he’s on a quest and I do love a quest.

Plus I like the pairing up of the hero and crinkly-faced mysterious man.

Mysterious crinkly faced man to Eric:
“Danny, that’s my name..”
(this is the dialogue but it’s OK)

Eric just stands around looking moody and magnificent really.
But he does it so well.

Warning. The orange glowy flashbacks are still annoying but thank goodness no longer so fully cringe-worthy.

Plus I’m a supporter of male characters in dramas. Since they are really very few and far between these days.
Ahah. A delightful twist. At the end…


Episode Five.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

So we find out who Danny is. As he and Eric have a right royal bust up.
Eric to Danny:
“So the only thing you told the truth about is that everybody lies!”.

Ah, Eric’s extremely handsome friend Neil is being interrogated. By Detective Cornelle.

Detective Cornelle glowers.

The District Attorney daughter to Eric and his brother:
“Be careful, going outside of Boone..”
“Get’s kind of..backs woods”..
Patrick (her brother):
“Oooo, Honey Boo or the swamp people?”!

Ooo (lovely) a pejorative comment about the locals. Supposed hillbillies. Nice. Real nice. (not) Yep.

Later as they get there,
“So I think I can hear them slaughtering lambs!”

Oh no. Orange flashback time.

So all a bit yawnsome there.

More orange flashbacks. The people who gaze off into the flashbacks come to, in the present, usually blue scene.

Things are much better when Detective Inspector Cornelle and Danny get a scene together.

I know who I suspect..

Patrick in the car to Eric:
You blanked it out..”
“Ask Mary..”
Ah, a meaningful scene.

Eric to his brother:
“I got this..”

Eric and Danny have a heart to heart.

Oh no. Don’t go..

The Police Chief does that eponymous angry chief thing at Detective Cornelle. But like really over the top.

Episode Six.
“The Parent”.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Eric and his sister are having a meaningful moment. Yawn.

Wake me up when something happens.

Oh this is better. It’s always good when they introduce an actual actor.

The police side of the story is a refreshing change. From the vacuous lot.

Could the Police Chief be any more eponymously creepy?

Back to the mysterious brother Patrick.

Eric and Patrick’s wife have an odd intense scene. She is minorly hilarious and I think meant to be quite nicely, mad.

Eric instructs his secretary like he’s David Carradine advising the grasshopper. Or rather David Carradine was the grasshopper.

Ethan and Detective Cornelle.
“Wait, you’re enraged, take a moment, this isn’t an appropriate response to what’s happened…”
He’s weird.

Uh oh.
An orange flashback with Detective Cornelle in it. You just know that summat bad is about to happen..
What did I say..

So Ethan and Detective Cornelle in the interview room together is like some retro series where people use to get hypnotised. All the time.

More orange flashbacks…

Ah, more meaningful moments. All orange. Piano plays.

More meaningless slush. As long as we’re out of the orange and into the blue.

Another heartfelt conversation ensues between Eric and his brother in law. Well fascinating compared to what has gone before.

Detective Cornelle and Eric have an enjoyable verbal sparring match. But Detective Cornelle she has a witty quip as she leaves the room.

I’m liking the pairing up of Eric and his secretary as the investigative duo.

Here comes the eponymously evil Chief. Possibly he actually is evil..

Ahhah. I told you..
Or rather I told myself. I knew that character was dodgy..


Posted by Clarissima at 13:35

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The Missing. Series Two. Episode Five. Some notes and dialogue with My Second Review at the end. Minor Spoilers Only. On in the UK on Wednesdays @ 9pm on BBC One. This write-up follows on from notes and dialogue on episodes one, two, three & four with My First Review posted on 10th of November 2016.

Sunday, 20 November 2016
The Missing.

Series Two.
Episode Five.
Das Vergessen.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Vaavren. Switzerland-Present Day.
Wow. Mountains.

Can’t really say too much. About the tiresome re-cap from the prologue..

Here comes the officially meaningful song.

Jean luc Baptise and Jjorn.

Jean Luc disperses wise sayings and Jjorn quips quotes. Often Einstein.

Back to now. Germany.

All un-cheerful stuff.

So I have a new suspect . But I have been thinking this for a while now. Well since the last trailer I saw for The Missing. Well you have to do something to keep yourself amused.

Wow. That is some old people’s home.

Strangely, the photo in a police file looks nothing like the character.

Great long silences.

Isla to Jean Luc:
“If you cared about everybody you met, you wouldn’t be able to do the job..”.

I bet that you know who is just pretending..


My Second Review.

Well I stopped writing notes out of utter and complete boredom with the episode really.   It was all so very dull and pedestrian. Even the quotes are tiresome. And I like quotes.

It’s just that feeling I have of the construction of the drama: that even quotes are just implanted artificially and artlessly because they too: are officially meaningful.

It’s like these officially meaningful things or themes in the drama: are on an algorithm. One every so many scenes. Or seconds. Or something.

A Paint by numbers creation results. Because all of the seperate artful supposedly meaningful things were there in the drama: they just never melted together into any real experience of feeling or meaning. For the viewer. Well for me anyway. But then this is the BBC.

Just like in those old paint by numbers pre-prepared canvas: each seperate area has its numbered colour. As an identifier. For the paint. The idea is to paint each stenciled outlined shape. Seperately: one by one.

In this way, presumably, the edges of the shapes never melt or blend together. To create that brand new whole.

This extra magic is what is missing for me in the drama. And I did try. All I can say is that it it passable. Barely watchable. But passable. At times. Watchable passable even.

The missing series two got/ grew better in the last ten or twenty minutes of episode five. And that was a long time coming.

I don’t know what it is exactly that is missing (if you’ll pardon the unintentional pun) in this drama. Just that it suffers from an atmosphere deficit. For most of the time. Plus a lack of fluidity: of action and story.

Strangely, on consideration: the choppy initially annoying time period changes actually serves to liven up what would otherwise have been an incredibly dull drama.

However the punch of a fluent story-line, of feeling and atmospheric edge: is sacrificed to this truncated style of storytelling.


Posted by Clarissima at 12:58

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Quick note to my readers. 16th of November 2016. Some new and returning series on UK Television and Netflix in the United Kingdom. Humans Series Two, Mars, Deep water, Close To The Enemy, Modus and Frequency.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

So I got bored with The Code Series Two.   Am dragging myself through The Missing Series Two. Was secretly hoping that The Missing would be all artily short. At four episodes.

But no. Ain’t it the way. The series you want to go on longer end all artistically short. And the ones you pray to end drag on. and on. Like Ariston.

But I digress. I forgot to mention that Humans Series Two is now on. Channel Four/ 4.

Humans. Series Two.
Channel Four.

Unfortunately I thought it was dreadful and ditched within ten minutes.

Dialogue from Humans-First ten minutes.
Woman to Aniska:
“Oh, you’re so rude and unfriendly, you must be British”!

Later: (picking up Hegel)
“Why are you wasting your time reading dead white guys?”.

Well it is Channel Four.

Then this looks interesting:
First aired 20th November 2016. FOX Channel 199 HD at 9pm. Nb. Also on National Geographic Channel at the same time.

TV Description of Mars:
“IN 2033, the Daedalus crew battles across the harsh Martian terrain to reach their pre-built base camp”.

Then tonight (Saturday 12th November 2016) on BBC Four: Deep Water.

Deep Water.
Nb. I wrote a potted review about the first episode later. Not yet posted.

New Series.
UK Television BBC Two and BBC two HD. Thursday 17th November 2016 @ 9pm.

Close to The Enemy.
TV Description of Episode One:
“It is the end of WWII, and Lotte and her father Dieter, a recently captured German scientist, arrive in England. Captain Callum Ferguson is assigned the task of courting Dieter into working with the…”
(that’s all the description says).

TV description of the series Close to The Enemy.
” Callum Ferguson must ensure that a German scientist helps the British to develop the jet engine”.
Coming soon:

Saturday 26th November 2016 BBC Four.

TV Description of the series Modus:
“Forensic psychologist Inger Johanne Vik works with Detective Inger Nyman to catch a serial killer”.

Series one. Episode one.
TV description:
“During a snowy Christmas season, psychologist and criminal profiler Inger Johanne Vik find herself and her autistic daughter dawn into an investigation surrounding s series of brutal killings”.



Netflix Description of Frequency:
“A Detective seizes a precious opportunity to change the past when she finds she can communicate with her deceased, estranged father via a time warp.”

New episode every Thursday. At present on UK Netflix.
Five Stars.

I wrote a One-off review about Frequency on 15th November 2016.


Posted by Clarissima at 13:08