Season Three

DVD - 2016
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Follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate a single mystery--the disappearance of a young man on the overnight ferry to Shetland--that evolves into an increasingly complex case, leading the investigation from the Shetland Islands to the streets of Glasgow.
Publisher: [England?] :, BBC Worldwide Ltd.,, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Shetl
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 342 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Shetland. Season 3
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board - PG rating


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Dec 28, 2017

Excellent all the way. Tense, delicate even if the events are horrific. A good example how to create intense moments without illustration of graphic details.

Oct 09, 2017

A good set of DVDs with the beauty of the Shetland Islands as a backdrop. The mystery in this series lasts through all season, and the conclusion was disappointing, using the old traditional conceit of withholding information.

Sep 19, 2017

Excellent 6-part story that brings the beautifully scenic, tightly-knit Shetland community in touch with much darker forces in Glasgow. The plot is complicated but doesn't feel contrived. Also the first time I've seen rape portrayed from the lens of the men affected by it--here, Douglas Henshall does a finely nuanced job of displaying grief, anger, and continued fortitude.

Aug 22, 2017

This third series is different than the past two in that it is one long story over six episodes, instead of three stories of two episodes each. I felt it got away from the original plot in the early episodes and meandered quite a bit. I almost stopped watching. The best part of the show, for me, is Douglas Henshall's portrayal of main character Jimmy Perez. He is a strong moral center in an unsafe world.

Aug 21, 2017

Reviews of this film are revealing, especially the contributor who has lived on the Shetland Islands and criticizes the accents and legal system inaccuracies. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this 3rd series more than the first two. Yes, it's relatively slow-moving, but I'm comfortable with the characters and mood now and used to the pace. The acting is first-rate, and the plot keeps you guessing with issues of witness protection and organized crime involved. This series has adult themes, and requires patience, but is worth the time invested!

Aug 02, 2017

The first two in the series were a bit disappointing. This one was less disappointing, but a letdown none the less. There are a couple of plot twists in this that don't make much sense - very sloppy. After a couple of days of thought I came up with a way one twist could be explained away. But surely, that's the writers' job.
I used to work in Shetland, back in the mid-1980s. In summer, the islands are like a scattering of emeralds in the bluest of waters, in the winter they are the broken wind-lashed teeth of hell. The makers of this programme seem to have opted to film in either the spring or fall and the place looks dank and miserable. That might have been what they were going for - a rip-off of the flurry of recent detective series full of Scandinavian angst, but done on the cheap.
I think only two of the cast had anything like a Shetland accent. Is it possible the whole island group is now over-run by Glaswegians? This may seem a minor point but I would like to have been able to work out which characters were locals, with a well-developed social support network and family close at hand, and which were the more vulnerable incomers - sooth moothers as the locals label them.
The writers' ignorance of Scottish Criminal Law, which requires a higher standard of evidence to secure a conviction than its English cousin, was disappointing. Why set a crime series in Scotland and then impose a alien legal system. I'm not sure the writers have much of a clue when it comes to what Procurators Fiscal are and do.
If there is a series four, I don't think I'll bother. The money spent hiring actors Anna Chancellor and James Cosmo would have been better spent hiring some decent writers to come up with a plot that doesn't plod and makes better sense.

May 29, 2017

Ah, the BBC experiences a revelatory moment. After the hash that was their Shetland 1 & 2 offering, so tangentially based on Ann Cleeves' novels, a new tact. Script your own storyline; limit invocation to 'based on characters created by Ann Cleeves', and provide sufficient airtime (in this case six episodes) to evolve the plot. The unfocused, radically abridged, cobbled together, chronologically deficient first two series ends there (hopefully). Consequentially, a higher caliber composition comes to the fore.

May 20, 2017

The scenery is wonderful, the plot convoluted.

May 11, 2017

I, more or less, binge-watched Season Three. I really have liked all three seasons of this series.
Supposedly, Season Four began filming March 2017.

Feb 13, 2017

With the story arcing over the entire series, Series 3 is the best so far. The ending is not as good as I would have liked but the rest of the show is engaging and interesting.

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