I haven't watched much of the Ray era since its first broadcast but my overriding feeling with this one was the same as the first watch 25+ years ago - it's a mess. The plot doesn't make much sense, the characters aren't believable, the accents (as many above have said) are a-comedy-a-disaster and that they all get nicked is clearly to enable the series finale shots. Whether it was meant as the end of this series or the show as a whole I doubt they knew - after all, the previous finale was meant to be MOTOE which with its last shot would have been entirely fitting. S7 never had a Terry finale and I would guess the producers were hedging their bets with this one.
It's a 2/5 for me. Annoying everything and only brief glimmers of quality such as Dave's input to raise it above a 'rubbish'.
Just seen this and what a joke. Is this a complete p1ss take? No wonder the ray years left a bad taste in the mouth if this was the grand finale.
I think that's harsh. It's a decent episode, although not a classic. Tony Hoare had certainly written better. Don't forget, it wasn't meant to be the very end of Minder, just the end of Minder how we knew it.
When a series is written, do they get all the scripts, and in this case decide which one would work best as a finale? How's the running order decided? I always got the impression that it wasn't specifically written to be the end, but got gently tweaked when they knew it probably would be.
That said, the cast do seem to be especially enjoying themselves in this one. It's why I feel the comedy Italians don't seem too out of place in it!
I remember the late, great David Nobbs mentioning that he had been commissioned to write an episode of some new sitcom and being led to believe it would be the first to go out. But when it came to broadcast, they decided to put it out third so all the plotlines he built in had already been resolved by the time it went out. Similarly the powers-that-be decided to use a different Father Ted episode as the first one rather than the Passion of St Tibulus which is the one that does a lot of the introductory work.
With Minder, I wonder if something similar happened with Fatal Impression. Was this commissioned as the last in series 7 (hence the curious ending with Terry leaving) but in the event not considered strong enough? I always feel that Bring Me The Head of Arthur Daley feels more like the real end of the series.
I really liked this one. Not excellent, but I ranked it as good. It is clearly a farce. I never heard the George Cole comments on this one, but I'm sure George would appreciate the last episode being a bit of a farce. Just can't be taken too seriously with those Italian accents. Could detect a bit of a knowing look to the way the characters react to each other.
Really quite sad as the music plays out at the end, viewers would feel sorry for Arthur, content to see him finally get 'done' but then that little sparkle of hope if he can 'get a drop of bail'. Final shots of the Thames and London, another central character in the series.
Today I watched this episode to finish off the whole series I had started watching since early April. As others have said, a disappointing episode to go out on, with few laughs. I wouldn't agree with others here who thought the best of the Ray years matched the Terry years, maybe the less good ones. Series 10 was a big improvement on series 8 and 9 for sure but generally I found only a handful of episodes, The Coach that came in from the Cold for example, that stood up to the best of the Terry years. The chemistry between GC and DW was just magic, a bit Laurel and Hardyesque, just made for each other. It has been a really enjoyable journey this last 6 months, nostalgic and a breath of fresh air with all the shite going on out there in the world at the moment.
Series goes out with a whimper! Cranky Frankie wasn’t the cunning sophisticated baddie like previous actors. Too much emphasis on the physical aspect rather than the dialogue and exchanges the villain usually has with Arthur.
Watched this episode on ITV Hub last night. I find it to be a mixed bag. I think Carla should have been arrested as well because she would have killed Luigi if he hadn't been arrested. Average in my opinion.