Call The Midwife Season 3 Blu-ray Review
“Call The Midwife” is watchable, but overhyped.
Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, “Call The Midwife” is a British drama series set in the 1950’s in poor East London. The show revolves around the midwives and nuns (Chummy, Jenny, Sister Julienne, Sister Evangelina, Sister Monica Joan, Trixie, and Cynthia) working at the new Nonnatus House. The nine episode third season of “Call The Midwife” contains plots about: Jenny and Alec’s relationship, the arrival of new characters (Sister Winifred and the midwife Patsy), Jenny being promoted, a pregnant patient, health issues, Sister Julienne and Trixie doing work at a prison, a character death, Shelagh and Dr. Turner attempting to adopt a child, character pasts (namely Patsy and Dr. Turner), and more. The ninth episode (a Christmas Special) explores Shelagh and Dr. Turner’s relationship and contains a story about a bomb near the Nonnatus House.
Having heard about this series for years now, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. Even though a series about Nuns and screaming babies didn’t exactly sound appealing, it turned out to be a rather solid (albeit overrated) series about an interesting time period and subject matter. I admire the fact that it’s a decidedly different take on a medical drama, but it can be quite soap operay much like “Downton Abbey.” Still, at least it’s not a cop drama and at least the show’s focus on characters makes it entertaining enough.
Speaking of the characters, it’s a somewhat frustrating situation here. First and foremost, Nurse Jenny (played by Jessica Raine) is far and away the best character here. Raine (whom you may recall from “An Adventure In Space and Time”) is entirely charming, but she is unfortunately not in every episode this season. As a result of this, the season (and the series) suffers a bit. Furthermore, she does not appear in subsequent seasons which is undoubtedly a huge bummer for fans.
On the downside, there’s Miranda Hart who plays the irritating Chummy. While the character has her fans, I found her to be insufferable. She takes up far too much screentime and is the show’s weak link.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is crystal clear. The colors really pop.
Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The lack of a 5.1 track is puzzling, but it’s still satisfactory enough.
* Trailers for “The Paradise” “Last Tango In Halifax,” and “Brazil With Michael Palin,” and a Tauck ad.
* “Cast and Crew Interviews”- Showrunner Pippa Harris talks about the new direction for season 3 while various cast members talk about the characters, storylines, costumes, on set experiences, etc.
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