They Jumped the Shark After Series 4!
Karoly | Western WA-USA | 03/03/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"When Monarch was in its earlier seasons, or series as the British call them, the characters were warm, funny, and endearing. As the series progressed, we grew to love the zany antics of Duncan and Hector, watched Archie come to grips with his family and their situation, and all were very entertaining. Slowly, each of the principles took their leave, and new characters were introduced to fill the gaps. The problem with this was that by the time they reached Series Six, there were only a couple of original characters left and the magic was gone. I knew it was over for me when they showed the phoney glint off Lexie's diamond wedding ring at the end of Series Four, while she was sweetly dancing with Archie. Then and there the shark was being jumped...too bad. It was great while it lasted, but when the main characters left, they should have stopped production."
Not as bad as you might think.
G. Neller | 06/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I have been a Monarch fan for some time and I must tell you up front I love the original Monarch characters. I really miss Hector and Killwillie. Weren't you getting tired of Lexi in Series 5? They had done everything they could do with her character and if they were smart they would have shipped her and Archie off together to live happily ever after and raise some baby lairds. Unfortunately, the writers turned our beloved Lexi into a harpie by having her make out with her brother in law, Paul, as Molly watches. This scene really made my skin crawl. How about a little honor in the Highlands? This really sullied the characters of Lexi and Paul. Anyway, this season pretty well purges the old Monarch cast with the exception of Golly and Molly. It still didn't make sense to get rid of Duncan. And the way they did it was awful. He didn't even have a heart to heart with Jess before he left. The real Duncan could never do that to a pal. If they would have kept Duncan around at least Golly would have had someone to talk too. Keep in mind that this is not the Old Monarch that we are used to. There are plenty of new characters and it gives us a chance to see Glenbogle in a new light. I know I was getting bored with the bitter, business woman/laird Lexi. They sucked all the fun out of her character once she got married. Anyway, this season is a refreshing change and Uncle Donald (from Dr. Who) is every bit as eccentric as his brother Hector. If you are a die hard Monarch fan I would purchase this item. Keep in mind this isn't like any of the past series and all your old friends have left. But the new tenants of Glenbogle did keep me watching. Hey BBC, how about a Christmas at Glenbogle with all our old pals returning for a family friendly holiday season?"
Emberweave | 03/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, a lot of the original actors left the show, but Archie's story had completed its arch and keeping him there would have felt forced. I'm impressed they were able to find legitimate reasons to keep Lexie there as long as they did. Paul comes into his own in this series. Isobel seems conflicted about what she wants from Glenbogle and Paul, but the stories are still entertaining and the characters are fun. Ewan matures, Jess becomes a more confident ghillie and Golly opens his heart to someone. I love this show and found series six to be quite fun. Lloyd Owen is incredibly sexy and just watching him and listening to his accent are enough to keep you watching. They wrap things up nicely in series seven and I look forward to that coming out on DVD."
Not enough cheerful Scots!
Highlander | Scotland | 10/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of 'Monarch' for many years and still am. However, like many I prefer the earlier episodes. Why? Well, for me there are not enough cheerful Scots in the present series. At times 'Monarch' could be set in the Lake district! Lloyd Owen is excellent but he is very English both in accent and attitude, fair enough but the surrounding cast are universally mournful and the only one with any flair is Tom Baker, also English! Where is the enjoyable sparring of Hector and Kilwillie, the earthy attraction of Lexy, the sheer unbridled enthusiasm of Duncan? If a series is set in Scotland, particullarly one which plays up the romance of the Highlands, then lets have some tartan happiness and daftness and less English melancholy. The presence of Alexander Morton and Susan Hampshire ensure some continuity but the happy eccentricities of Hector, Duncan and Lexy are sorely missed. Still a wonderfully entertaining series but not as enjoyable."