watching Mystery Queen (which, btw, is GREAT) reminded me of how exhausting the efficient, need-to-solve-the-mystery-in-less-than 45-minutes breakneck rhythm of most western series (and movies) is. I missed Christie’s Poirot’s pace, and Mystery Queen stretches the plot of one case over two or three episodes, so it’s really slow-paced, and it’s great. the scenes are sometimes long but have all the time they need to allow emotion to develop, a rare feature recently.
the main character is so sweet and lovely and passionate and determined!!! i love her so much!!!
there’s quite a bit of social commentary, especially on sexism and classism, that rings very true
the show itself is very pretty and visually expressive with lovely cinematography
a lot of the show is light-hearted and funny, but sometimes they pull out all the stops and ruthlessly hit you right in the feels!!!!! i haven’t recovered yet