Grantchester: Season 3 Episode 1

I enjoyed Grantchester‘s first two seasons rating Season 1 a 4 out of 5 and Season 2 the same. But something happened during the first episode of the third season. The story disappeared. The situations the characters found themselves in felt absurd. And I didn’t care much for Sidney’s continued avoidance of his life and particularly Geordi’s flat existence. I’ve seen Robson Green do great things in Touching Evil and Wire in the Blood, so I know it’s not his fault nor is it the fault of James Norton playing the sexy vicar. I also desperately wanted Al Weaver’s Leonard to have a larger and more robust role. I realize quiet, feminine guys were the butt of jokes in the 1950’s. But couldn’t the writers add a bit of swagger to his role instead of adding to the stereotype by having him racing around yelling, “I don’t know nothing about birthing no babies!” Of course he didn’t actually say that in the season opener, but he might as well have. Sissy boys don’t have to be one-dimensional. They are also smart, sage-like, sexual beings. Meanwhile, I’m saying goodbye to Grantchester. 2 out of 5. That gives the overall series a 3.33 rating. Sounds about right.

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