Foyle’s War Marathon

I discovered the British murder mystery series Foyle’s War on PBS some years ago by channel surfing. Set during WWII, it tells the story of Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, who wants to contribute intensely to the war effort and yet is forever destined to solve local murders instead. I loved it and wanted more. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that I had missed the first 2 years completely!

Well, thank God for Netflix.  I recently finished watching the entire series from start to finish. I saw who all the characters were, how they developed and how they related to each other.

And quite honestly, anything with Michael Kitchen (Foyle) in it is just fine by me.

But perhaps this was just a bit too compulsive of me–watching episode after episode, anxiously awaiting the 2 days it takes for Netflix to send the next installment. Not having a life until it arrived.

It reminds me of my family photo albums from growing up. My dad was the family photographer. He had one of those great old cameras with bellows that opened up the camera that seemed quite exotic to me.

One year when my brother Mike was about 9, he had a birthday party with all his 9-year-old buddies at our house. Shot after shot in the album is of young boys grinning or stretching their faces into all sorts of shapes for the camera. The entire house behind them looked like a hurricane had hit it. It must have been hellish for both my parents. The very last photo is one of my father lying prone on the dining room floor, arms outstretched, mouth agape.

Underneath the photo he had written: “Daddy helped with the party, too.”

So I feel like lying on the floor, saying: “I survived.” Yet,  unlike my father,  I would like the party to go on.

There’s a feeling of satisfaction but also sadness that there are no more episodes limping their way to me through the postal system.

However, they have brought it back this year. Hurray!  I saw several episodes recently and watched Christopher Foyle (now post-war and trying hard to be retired but of course being brought back in to solve murders nonetheless) as he embarked for the United States. Will he get caught up in murders there, too? Of course.  Will he be the best one to solve them?  Silly question.


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