I am watching these episodes in the order jno reccomended so this one was second. I thought it was ok. I''m trying to judge these episodes on their own merits and not compare them to the original series. Archie and Jamie do make a good team and I like the way Jamie has to save Archie's hide. Archie seems to have inherited his uncle's ability to let his greed cloud his judgement leading to big trouble.
I think it is almost impossible to discuss the pros and cons of an individual 'brand new Minder' aka series 11 episode without someone taking the discussion down the 'this was a pile of rubbish' route within a few seconds. So, well done pr1 for sticking with this, taking each episode on its own merits and for adopting the alternative order.
This one I quite liked. Felix Cornell (played by Clive Wood) is a very convincing villainous type who would not have been out of place in the original series. His collection is quite 'cut throat' and the fact that Archie is so way out of his depth with him is a decent plot. You are righr about Archie - he judgement is definitely clouded by greed.
There is some decent humour in this one in the form of the hapless security guards and a politically correct theme about the sweatshops versus a fair trade model. It is a shame we didn't see more of Danny Blake, we he returns Archie is out of the frying pan and straight into the fire.
When you look the story here, it is actually not that bad and where as Arthur & Terry might or might not have suited it, I think this one could have been a Ray episode, albeit Ray never did any prison time. I think Terry would be unlikely to have legged it when there is a major punch-up ensuing. Overall though, as a story this one isn't bad spoiled only for me by Archie's initial antics at the country retreat.
I love the way that a shot of Slovenian coastline is used as to bluff us into thinking it is Spain. Quite why this location was chosen of an actual Spanish shot is a mystery to me.
Not a bad one this and certainly one of the better ones, a lot of this down to Clive Wood's decent performance as Felix.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
I am trying not to compare these episodes with the original series but the last scene would have worked well in a Terry episode. I have no doubt Arthur would have done a runner under the same circumstances.
I forgot to mention that I liked the way Jamie has to give Archie pointers on playing and cheating at Poker. Archie's security force for the charity event was also amusing.