As for the dialog, remember I'm a Yank...I am use to watching unrealistic British dialog.... I will say though... they have nailed Jackson's speech....it is quite American... with the only complaint being he does use a few 20th century slang terms... but I can over look that..
Oh the accents all sound okay, as far as we could really know today. Not too many examples of the spoken voice from that period will have survived, I imagine. But all four of my grandparents were born in the late 1870s so that's only two generations back for me, and not that much difference in our London accents.
However, 20th century slang (if I recognised it) and the much older, formal turns of phrase (which I do recognise), seem equally out of place. I can overlook it too, although I thought I heard Drake say "God's teeth!" or "Odds teeth" at one point, and I was just waiting for Reid to come out with "Odds bodkins" or "Zounds!".
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I watched season 5 today. 6 episodes.
Apparently this was the final season.
It did get quite convoluted further in with plenty of suspension of disbelief needed. As do nigh on all series that have so many seasons. The only way to try to avoid that convolution would be if a series' producers could write every episode at the start. That just doesn't happen with TV these days.
I have seen most of Series 4-- except, it seems, the final episode. (I suspect BBCA either failed to air it here, or we somehow missed it, but the last I remember is Drake's wife screaming when she sees the supposedly-dead consort of Dr. Jackson staring in at their baby in Drake's home.)
This left me quite confused when we began watching Series 5, which is currently airing here. I'm not sure what to make of our heroes on the lam (as American gangsters used to say), the secret of the man in the locked-up cellar-room discovered, Reid's daughter distanced from him, and that slimeball in charge of H Division. And the dude with the brother who gets "urges" to kill, so they've isolated him in a cottage on the moors. Weird.
Still a pretty interesting show, though (even though I think I'm missing something...)
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