Post by jno on Feb 17, 2015 16:32:59 GMT
Link to episode on minder.org: www.minder.org/episodeguide/S08E01_TheLonelinessOfTheLongDistanceEntrepeneur.htm
Personally I like this one and thought author David A. Yallop did a good job of writing Terry out and writing Ray in. Of course it is sad to see the back of Terry and the scenes of Arthur alone in Terry's flat. Having watched it many times since first broadcast, I feel this episode marks a new era to the show where the emphasis is now more on 'family' (Arthur being unable to treat Ray as badly as he did Terry) and the timeshift of the show into the 1990s. The clothes, the cars and the look'n'feel are now different in this episode but I believe the writer did will to evolve Minder into this newer version of the show. There will always be people who say that Ray is not Terry and with Ray this is a poor imitatation, but I have to disagree and can enjoy the Gary Webster shows just as much as the Dennis Waterman shows.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Entrepreneur is of course is the only episode where Terry is referred to throughout the whole of the three Ray Daley series. We see the introduction of lots of new characters, including new coppers Morley and Park, Arthur's brother Bert & his wife Doreen as well a new Winchester Club set with a 'prevaricating' Dave. The story is pretty good where Arthur accidentally gets caught up in drug smuggling from the continent via a the sale of a car to Detective Sergeant Morley. A punch up, a con, some dodgy villains and a European element all make this a pretty good story overall.
Some good lines:
Arthur to Dave:
"What is this? National Judas week?"
"Not now Dave, I'm grappling with major aggravation".
Arthur & Ray:
Arthur: "No drugs."
Ray: "Just nicotine and alcohol?"
Arthur: "Absolutely, I mean you gotta have some standards, haven't you?"
Great stuff and welcome to the show Ray Daley! 8/10