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Made it, just - the end of an excellent series
on 31 May 2010
I bought this series expecting the worst and although it was much better than I expected, it is still not a patch on the first two series which ran together seamlessly. I get the feeling that this was tacked on because of the success of the first two but really to round the whole series off a special should have been created. There is not enough high quality material here to justify the episodes. It is pleasant to watch although much serious than the earlier offerings. In the commentary on the DVDs the writers and cast try to talk it up; however, this series backed up my theory that the amount of (unnecessary) musical score is inversely proportional to the quality of the content. There was not an over amount of musical score but much more than normal but it did `fill' the obvious gaps in content. Still worth a watch but there is still something left hanging (will Smithy marry her or not...?) This has been a great series leave it at that and no series 4.
PS I loved the pre-produced sign saying `We want Series 3'; hardly spontaneous, it reminded me of the stars and stripe flags that miraculously were in Baghdad when the Americans moved in.