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Foyle’s War – A Review

I recently finished watching the first six seasons of the British television series, Foyle’s War. IMDB (the Internet Movie Database describes Foyle’s War like this: It is 1940 and Britain stands almost alone against the might of Nazi Germany across the continent. The terrors of nightly bombing raids are only matched by the fear and hysteria of the population at the prospect of the seemingly inevitable German invasion. It is in this environment that Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, of the Hastings Police on the south coast of England, works. Denied a transfer to the war effort, Foyle is nonetheless forced to confront the darkest acts of humanity on a daily basis. With his official driver, Sam, and his subordinate, Paul Milner, Foyle investigates murders, looting and theft, crimes of opportunism, crimes of war, crimes of passion and crimes of greed, because crime isn’t stopped because of warfare. Foyle’s War follows the exploits of Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle on the southern coast of England during World War II.  Foyle is a veteran of the ‘Great War’ who tries unsuccessfully to rejoin the military.  Instead he contributes to the war effort through his police work.  Foyle is masterfully played by veteran actor Michael Kitchen in an understated fashion that’s a joy to watch.  In addition to being a great show, this is a wonderful study of how a society responds to ‘the end of the world as we know it’ (TEOTWAWKI)…if our society was faced with the same threats and deprivations as Hastings, England was in the early war years, I’m afraid there might be rioting in the streets. Most episodes center around two interrelated storylines, one of which is usually directly related to war preparations, war deprivations, war profiteering, etc.  Essentially, Foyle and his colleagues have to deal with the frayed edges of a society under a great deal...

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