5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not quite the promised land,
This review is from: Moses Jones [DVD] (DVD)
There is no doubt that 'Moses Jones' has it's problems. As already stated it is overlong for the plot it has been given, it gives away it's secrets too quickly, (never a good idea for a police drama), and has a pretty tight budget.
However these do not destroy the overall enjoyment but rather are just annoying.
The plot has a black detective being assigned to a case of ritual murder inside the African community in London. His bosses feel it needs someone with an African background and so Jones is sent to investigate alongside his somewhat racist sidekick. The plot revolves around a former dictator trying to re-establish himself and using force to gain some power among the African expats.
There are one or two stereotypes and the wheels come off a little with the far fetched ending but Shaun Parkes is convincing and very watchable in his role as the detective whose talents are less important to his bosses than his family background. He is tired of the continual barrage of institutionalized bigotry but remains calm and manages to rise above it with some wit and charm. Matt Smith is a great sidekick with his clueless and ham fisted way of dealing with people given some relief by his humour.
There are some good plot twists and solid support acting.
While not the BBC's greatest effort this is very watchable and it's quiet appearance is a little surprising given the rarity of a strong black lead in a police drama,( or any drama really ), set inside a black community. That Parke's role has been so well written is a refreshing change from the near exclusive sidelining of black actors to either comedy, support roles or the 'disposable one' in disaster plots.
Not the strongest of starts then but strong enough and certainly an opener to raise hopes of more to come and the introduction of a series that will improve and gather a larger following as it progresses.