It seems these days that the every time we pick up a newspaper or turn on the news, all we hear is that someone has been killed just for being who they are.
In London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood, a drunk man barreled his van into a group of Muslims as they were leaving their local mosque on Monday. One person was killed and others were injured. Virginia teenager Nabra Hassanen was minding her own business when she was attacked and killed near a local mosque.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I would like to open the newspaper or turn on the news and see a positive story for once.
Blood only begets blood. Murder and destruction because of prejudice begets only more murder and destruction. I know it is easy to see someone for the color of their skin or for the religious garb that they wear. The problem is that sometimes we cannot see past that. I am a human being, we all are human beings. Despite the labels that are given to us or we adopt as our own, we are still human beings. The sooner we accept that fact, the sooner our world will be a better place.
There is nothing so wonderful (at least from my perspective) as settling down on a Sunday night and knowing that the programming on Masterpiece Theater/Mysteries will help with the realization that the weekend is over.
On Sunday night, not only did the first episode of the third season of Grantchester air, but also a new show premiered, My Mother And Other Strangers.
Grantchester picks up just a few months after series 2 ended. The bromance/murder solving duo of Vicar Sydney Chambers (James Norton) and Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) are back together again. But while Sydney and Geordie deal with the crimes that are happening in and around Grantchester, Sydney has another thing on his plate: his relationship with Amanda Hopkins (Morven Christie). Amanda is heavily pregnant and in the midst of divorcing her husband. While they are happily ensconced in finally being together, the storm of Amanda’s soon to be ended marriage and impending motherhood creates more than one barrier to their own version of happily ever after.
My Mother And Other Strangers takes place in Northern Ireland during World War II. Rose and Michael Coyne (Hattie Morahan and Owen McDonnell) have a full life of kids, work and just being busy. The war has yet to intrude into their world. It comes in the form of American servicemen, Captain Dreyfuss (Aaron Staton) and Lieutenant Barnhill (Corey Cott). Captain Dreyfuss seems to be paying more attention to Rose than her husband while Lieutenant Barnhill is interested in 16-year-old Emma Coyne (Eileen O’Higgins). The story is narrated by an adult Francis (Rose and Michael’s son). Ciaran Hinds tells the story in voice over flashback as an adult while 10-year-old Francis is played by Michael Nevin.
I’ve enjoyed Grantchester since the first season. Cop procedural shows tend to get a little boring when the only thing that the audience sees is inside the squad room or investigating the scene of a crime. Grantchester adds to this bland story by making the characters human and allowing the audience to see the lives and struggles of the characters outside of work. I was attracted to My Mother And Other Strangers because of the cast and how compelling the series seemed based off the trailer. The problem is that it is a little boring and it has yet to completely hook me in.
Do I recommend them? I say yes to Grantchester and maybe to My Mother And Other Strangers.