Female detectives have not been that numerous throughout television history. Especially not ones of this era -1929! Aussie Miss Phryne Fisher (played by Essie Davis) is stylish and yet carries a pistol. Of course, the pistol is also flashy in that it is golden with a pearl handle. An interesting juxtaposition. She is aided in her quest to solve any mystery that happens around her by her friend Dot Williams (played by Ashleigh Cummings) along with more official types like Detective Jack Robinson (played by Nathan Page) and Constable Hugh Collins (played by Hugo Johnstone-Burt).
An Australian production which goes about shattering most of the stereotypes we believe about this country and its inhabitants. Some fans might be disappointed as the first two series contained thirteen episodes whereas with this one we only get eight. Don’t fret as the quality is still high. Though it does seem like they have taken a little the sparkle off or what makes the character of Miss Fisher highly watchable off. Maybe the people behind the series need to refer back to the very cheeky novels for a reminder of what the character is all about. As it is a period production the set and costumes are quite important and I am happy to announce that they are both up to snuff.
In regards to storylines for this season you get fun stuff like a magic assistant being guillotined onstage, Phryne as a mermaid, a sanatorium electrocution, murder by spider bite and a grandmother/restauranteur dead covered in tomato sauce but no blood. Always fun with twisty murders and loads of unexpected moments.
-Each disc has Mr. Butler’s Drink of the Week, one for each ep.
-Behind the Scenes has 9 featurettes
-7 Character film clips
– Many photos stills