The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco DVD Review


Good Morning Lovelies, 

I’m going to start this by saying that The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco would not be my top choice when picking something to watch on TV. It is more of a feature that my mum would binge watch on ITV Player and tell me all about later on, but I decided to give it a chance. As the sequel to the hit first season, The Bletchley Circle, the show takes its cast abroad to given them new challenges after the end of the war.

With the group split up, the WWII codebreakers head off in different paths to find new tasks to take on board. These include tutoring the local children and running the local library. However, it isn’t enough and soon Millie, played by Rachael Stirling, discovers that an article in The San Francisco Chronicle could lead them to re-join and solve a new mystery involving one of their own.

The 1950s and 60s feel of the show instantly provide viewers with the sense that this isn’t going to be the same as what they experienced before. Or in other Bletchley based dramas and films such as The Imitation Game. But sadly, that doesn’t mean that it is a real winner for them as viewers. The mystery soon fades away and the characters present a sense of disinterest from the get-go.

As TV dramas become more powerful and lead the way in many homes, shows must give audiences grit, strong storylines and characters who you fall for until the very end. Yet, this show never allows for that to happen. The writing is slack, the storylines drift off and the characters never seem to connect in the same way that they did in the first season.

All of which leads to an uneasy viewing for audiences who want the same emotions and portrayals that they got in the first season. It often feels like the story is being dragged out and it would have worked in the creator’s favours to have made this sequel a short and more punchy series than a drawn out one.

There so, I am giving this second season…

2 Stars

Blog Soon, 
Joey X 

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