Poirot Season 1 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on season 1 of Agatha Christie’s Poirot.
For those that are unfamiliar with Poirot, it’s a very long running mystery series from Britain. It’s based on the many novels by Agatha Christie’s novels featuring Hercule Poirot. Hercule is a Belgian detective living in Britain. He’s a nonchalant detective and prides himself in being a well mannered gentleman. Even though he knows who the killer is in each case, he seeks out all of the remaining clues and often ends with a dramatic reveal at the end.
The show aired from 1989 all the way through 2013 and features many recurring cast members throughout the course of the show. It also had 13 seasons in total with some being longer than others. Many early episodes in the series (Including this season) were 50 minutes in length with some feature length episodes mixed in. Starting with the 5th season, the show become solely feature length.
David Suchet plays Hercule Poirot throughout the entire 13 season series. The first season features 4 recurring characters, Captain Hastings who is portrayed by Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon and Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp. Season 1 also featured 2 different directors, Edward Bennett and Renny Rye.
There are a total of 10 episodes in this season and each one features Poirot taking on different murder mysteries. The episodes are as follows:
1. The Adventure of the Clapham Cook: In this first episode Poirot is hired to find a rich woman’s missing cook but he soon uncovers a plot to hide an even worse crime.
2. Murder in the Mews: When a woman is found shot in her flat after Bonfire Night, Poirot is enlisted to decipher whether the victim died by her own hand, or by someone else’s.
3. The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly: Poirot tries to prevent the kidnapping of a country squire’s son. While his plan fails, all is not what it seems.
4. Four and Twenty Blackbirds: When a reclusive painter is found dead, Poirot finds the vital clue in the dead man’s last meal.
5. The Third Floor Flat: Poirot investigates a murder that hits close to home after the new occupant of a flat two floors below his is found shot.
6. Triangle at Rhodes: An enchanting beauty is fatally poisoned while Poirot holidays on the Greek island of Rhodes.
7. Problem At Sea: Poirot’s Mediterranean cruise is disrupted when an unlikeable passenger is found murdered in her stateroom.
8. The Incredible Theft: A wealthy industrialist’s plan to snare a Nazi sympathizer goes awry when the secret plans for a new fighter plane inexplicably go missing.
9. The King of Clubs: A deck with a missing card provides Poirot with the clue he needs to solve the murder of the tyrannical head of a movie studio.
10. The Dream: A famous pie manufacturer tells Poirot that he has dreamt of his own suicide, then dies under the same circumstances he dreamt about the very next day.
Out of all of the episodes in this season my favorite was definitely episode 10, The Dream. That one had the most interesting and unique murder case out of all of them. On the other end of the spectrum, my least favorite episode was probably The Adventure of Johnny Waverly. That one wasn’t a very interesting mystery compared to the rest of them.
The production values and the acting was great in all of the episodes though. The actors really did a great job of portraying their characters and the way they brought 1930’s Britain to life was pretty impressive overall. I also found pretty much all of the cases that Poirot worked on this season to be enjoyable and some of them did great at pulling off some surprises on who the murderer’s were.
Overall, the season was a great start to the series. It’s acting was great, the locations were interesting and the murder mysteries were entertaining. If you’ve never seen the show before, I highly recommend it, it’s a very entertaining show. Keep in mind that the show has no action sequences so it focuses more on the character interactions and the cases themselves.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 1$44.99
Entertainment Value9.0 /10
Visual Quality/Production Value9.1 /10
Audio Quality8.6 /10
Features of Interest
- Great Acting
- Excellent Production Values/Visual Quality
- Entertaining Mysteries/Stories
- Excellent Entertainment Value
- David Suchett Plays An Excellent Hercule Poirot
- There's No Action/May Be Boring For Some
- The Complete Collection For This Series Is Expensive (At least $150+) It's Still Cheaper Than Buying The Individual Seasons Though
- The Individual Series Can Be Quite Costly As Well (At $44.99 Each)