Daily Archives: July 13, 2019

In the Dark- A Blind, Sexy Detective looks for Love and a Murderer

In the Dark stars Perry Mattfeld as Murphy; a beautiful, blind woman with an enormous appetite for alcohol and sex, who is searching for the murderer of her best friend. In the Dark is an astoundingly good series, originally shown on CW, but now on Netflix.

Perry Mattfeld as Murphy on "In the Dark"
Perry Mattfeld as Murphy on “In the Dark”

Murphy is a very flawed person, and not just because of her disability. She is selfish, lazy and not above using her disability to manipulate people to get what she wants. But we like her nevertheless, since she is completely loyal to her small group of close friends. Murphy’s best friend is Tyson Parker (Thamela Mpumlwana), a teenager who once saved Murphy from a vicious attacker.

Perry Mattfeld & Thamela Mpumlwana on "In the Dark"
Perry Mattfeld & Thamela Mpumlwana on “In the Dark”

Murphy and Tyson developed a close bond, sharing secrets and exploring the city of Chicago. Unfortunately we learn all this in flashbacks, since in the first episode Murphy discovers Tyson’s body in the alley behind her apartment building. Murphy returns to her apartment and calls the police, but when they arrive the body is gone.

Murphy tries to explain to the police that she is sure the body was Tyson’s and that he was definitely dead. She had felt Tyson’s face, but that does not convince the police. They are sure they are simply dealing with an hysterical blind woman who stumbled upon a homeless drunk in an alley.

Murphy decides that if the police are not going to do their jobs, then she and her friends will solve Tyson’s murder themselves. The plot of In the Dark is exciting and intricate, and the acting is superb.

Kathleen York and Derek Webster are Joy and Hank Mason, Murphy’s long-suffering parents. They love Murphy and want what is best for her, but at the same time Murphy finds them frustratingly overprotective.

Perry Mattfeld & Brooke Markham on "In the Dark"
Perry Mattfeld & Brooke Markham on “In the Dark”

Brooke Markham is Jess, Murphy’s roommate, who secretly watches over Murphy by installing a tracking device in Murphy’s iPhone. They share a close bond that overcomes any petty roommate arguments.

Rich Sommer is Detective Dean Riley who believes Murphy about the murder and who tries to help her whenever possible. Dean’s young daughter Chloe (Calle Walton) is blind, and Murphy becomes a much-needed mentor to the little girl

Calle Walton is Chloe on "In the Dark"
Calle Walton is Chloe on “In the Dark”

Casey Diedrick plays Murphy’s “boyfriend”, if she is actually capable of having any relationship with a man long enough to use that term.

In the Dark is one of those rare series that gets more and more interesting as it progresses and the characters become more complex. In the beginning, Murphy seems like nothing more than a semi-alcoholic sex-crazed narcissist. However, we slowly learn what makes her tick and see that she does indeed have wonderful redeeming qualities.

In the Dark is definitely a series worth binge-watching. East Cost Stories gives In the Dark its highest rating of Five Stars.

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The Rook – John le Carré spies in a Marvel Comics Universe

The Rook on Starz is like a John le Carré spy thriller set in a Marvel Comics universe where the secret agents all have superpowers. As odd as that sounds, the combination actually works. The key is that the tone is deadly serious, and never switches the genre into comedy or camp. Emma Greenwell is Myfanwy Thomas, who wakes up on a London street at the scene of a mass murder, unable to remember who she is. As The Rook progresses, she discovers that she is part of a secret British government organization and that someone has intentionally wiped out key parts of her memory. Like a John le Carré  novel, the first thing Myfanwy learns is that no one in authority is to be trusted.

Emma Greenwell in "The Rook" on Starz
Emma Greenwell in “The Rook” on Starz

Myfanwy also discovers that she has a special power to defend herself from anyone who tries to attack her, and a lot of people are trying to get her.  In fact, everyone at the secret agency has some sort of power, some more powerful than others. But unlike a Marvel Comics universe, the people in The Rook are “morally flexible”, and often use their powers for purely personal profit and gratification. Adrian Lester is Conrad, whose power is the ability to control other people’s bodies. He is having an affair with a married women, and uses his power to have her husband fall into a deep sleep whenever Conrad wants to have a tryst with his lover. (Not exactly something Captain America would do).

Adrian Lester in "The Rook"
Adrian Lester in “The Rook”

Olivia Munn is Monica, an American agent the British are supposed to work with. However, in traditional British fashion, the Brits are outwardly polite while at the same time giving her absolutely no information or help. Monica herself seems to exhibit instances of extreme physical strength, and must try to solve the murders without the help of the British.

Olivia Munn in "The Rook"
Olivia Munn in “The Rook”

The secret organization is headed up by Lady Farrier (Joely Richardson) who is the only one who realizes that Myfanwy’s memory has been wiped. She tries to help Myfanwy through this crisis, but can she really be trusted? (Speaking of superpowers, Joely Richardson actually demonstrated some in real-life. While filming one of the episodes of The Rook, Joely Richardson spotted a man who was drowning in a nearby river. Joely and the cast and crew of The Rook saved the man).

Emma Greenwell & Joely Richardson in "The Rook"
Emma Greenwell & Joely Richardson in “The Rook”

We recommend taking a look at The Rook. The combination of Sci-Fi and Spy may surprise you.