Continued on and did series 6 of Poirot over the past few days. There were only 4 episodes so it was a bit quicker.
Perhaps I'm watching too many too soon, but I was a bit "meh" on this series. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't reaching the heights other series had. The adaptations were kind of middling to fine.
- Hercule Poirot's Christmas - this was fine but a bit dull, it needed a bit more energy or something. Simeon Lee is a very memorable victim and the scene of his death is meant to be really bloody and over-the-top, and they toned it down quite a bit. They also, I think, were pretty fair in what they reigned in, cutting a number of characters that rather "over egg" things in the novel (which are ok in the novel but wouldn't translate to the screen very well). I enjoyed the attention to detail with Pilar's clothes, her passport etc. It's so cool that someone gets the job to research this kind of stuff.
- Hickory, Dickory, Dock - this seems to get worse each time I see it. I dunno, it's just such a 50s novel, it's hard to transpose it to the 30s. The hostel situtation just doesn't seem real, they remove all the non-white characters, and something I noticed this time - they plainly SHOW the murderer on 2 or 3 occasions way before the denouement. This was such a bizarre choice. My friend who didn't know the story watched it at the same time and said: "I knew who did it straight away, because THEY SHOWED HIM". I did appreciate that they cast actors to fit their character type thought. These days, the Patricia Lane actress would be smoking hot with a pair of glasses on in an effort to make her look "plain".
- The Murder on the Links - this was better, not outstanding, but better. There are a few things they should've done to make it really come to life. Once again they give things away really early on. Had the production just given up by this point? I know that at this point they did think this would be the last series done. Anyway, the actor playing Jack Renauld is very cordially invited to take a nice, leisurely sit on my fucking face.
- Dumb Witness - I actually think this was the best of the lot. Once again, there are problems, but it was more enjoyable, funnier, with probably the best acting of these four. I enjoyed Teresa, and the Misses Tripp ("Go on, Mr Poirot. Question us. Just like you would normal people."), and it was fun seeing Julia St John play a baddy, when all I'd known her for up to then was being the "straight man" in The Brittas Empire.
It was weird too, I felt like these episodes were done slowly over a few years or something. The first two look more like they were made around series 4, with the last two feeling more recent. Different film used or something.
Think I'll have a break from Poirot now, after racing through the last few series. There's some great ones ahead that I don't want to feel burnt out for.