Adan’s Movie/Cable TV Reviews – The Frankie Drake Mysteries – PBS via Prime Video – Season1, Five Stars!


Frankie Drake Mysteries - PBS - Prime Video
Frankie Drake Mysteries – PBS – Prime Video

A Little Background

From the time we met, Sheila & I loved seeing movies. Most of course had to be seen in the theatre, at the movies, without surround sound, lol!

We still do – Netflix, Amazon Prime, any number of TV channels, cable, DVD (at one time), and the old time movie house theatre, when it seems worth paying the $$$ & the experience promised being worth seeing “on the big screen!”

I actually wrote movie reviews in college, one of my first, after return to college after leaving the Air Force, was Car Wash w/Richard Pryor. I wish I still had it! Titled it, “A Sudsy Cleansing for the Blues” 😊

About My Reviews

In general, I don’t do negative reviews.

Generally, I think it’s more productive to steer folks toward stuff I like or thought was really good (sometimes that’s the same thing, sometimes not quite 😊)

I do often say what might/could be better, or I’d rather’ve seen or experienced, but in the context of why I liked the movie or TV show enough to want to do a review at all.

Thanks everyone – Adan

Frankie Drake Mysteries – PBS – Season 1 * 5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

A fabulously fun 1920s Canadian mystery series!

I do agree with some reviews that the characters and scenes “seem” more contemporary than one would suspect from a hundred years ago, lol! The body language and strut steps and feminism would be equally at home in today’s world.

But – when I think back to the facts that the suffrage movement had been in full steam for rights and expectations one accepts as good and normal today, and (something I probably wouldn’t have even considered pre-Covid-19) the 1920s, in fits and starts and jumps (with recessions in-between many of the decade’s years before the Great Depression) the 1920s were the immense relief to both World War I AND the 1918 Pandemic which killed 50,000,000 people world-wide!

So “that” issue, the comparative modernness of The Frankie Drake Mysteries to now, is maybe much more justified and true than first glance 😊

And, as I 1st mentioned, the series, so far, via Season 1, is immensely fun!

There’s also a great blend of four main characters, including Frankie – of an interesting mix of sizes, shapes, personalities, and ethnicities.

All very capable, and yet, with terrific emotional nuancing, quite vulnerable.

These are courageous women wanting their share of the world.

And the series does a great job of showing a level of compassion and competitiveness toward each other that – for me, as a guy – makes fabulous unpredictable viewing! Very true to form what most us guys experience I think 😊

And like a lot of the AcornTV and PBS shows Sheila and I have taken up watching during our social distancing and home-staying – like long-running fellow Canadian historical crime series Murdoch Mysteries – there are both interesting re-occurring side characters, and cameos of folks in their early years (yes, even in Toronto!) not yet renowned for their later years (Ernest Hemingway – or to Frankie, “Hemy” 😊) .

Frankie Drake Mysteries - PBS - Prime Video
Frankie Drake Mysteries – PBS – Prime Video – Pictured above: Frankie Drake’s mom

And where many characters in many of the other mystery crime shows Sheila and I’ve picked up watching have the female lead engaged in an ever evolving mutating often frustrating relationship – ala the AcornTV original Agatha Raisin – (almost always very successfully, ie, humorously, portrayed), Frankie Drake prides herself, at least in Season 1, as quite “modern” – with several passing and recurring relationships – believably and in great form, ie, in mutually caring yet fun and teasing relationships.

And did I mention Frankie rides a red motorcycle? 😊

Frankie Drake Mysteries - Red Motorcycle Images
Frankie Drake Mysteries – Red Motorcycle Images

Each episode begins with general credits and ends with a signature image of Frankie on her red motorcycle, the Toronto skyline in the dusky-night background, Frankie rising from her riding crouch, and sitting up to await the end of the opening credits very 20s music 🎶

There’s something about the way she sits up on her bike, the way she uncurls herself, and the expressions flashing on her face, that tell you just about everything you need to know to want to get to know Frankie Drake and her companions 💕

Season 1, I felt, began and proceeded very strongly til the last few episodes, then burst into an amazing season ending finale, much like Blacklist and Blindspot’s seasons often seem to do.

There’s two more seasons of Frankie Drake already in the can, so to speak, with a fourth inked but I don’t believe yet produced. Sheila and I definitely have plans for seeing them!

Stay safe everyone! 😊



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    • We came upon it by accident; after we got our Recast box & antenna, we went through the channel guide of what we could receive and PBS was one of them; there, going through each day forward a week to see what was offered, we saw it listed, gave it a shot & yes, very definitely, we could tell this was a good one 😊

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