The Pros and Cons of "Call the Midwife."
(Hint: There are more Pros.)
(I love this show. It's gold. I've only seen Season One so far, but I know it's gold.)
BBC shows. Let's just sit down and close our laptops (ha, as if) and just appreciate those. Their depth, their truth, their swish, their accents, their hairstyles and dress collars, their actors and actresses - their superb scripts and imaginative settings. Oh my, I do love myself a good BBC Costume show, or just any BBC Period Drama; of any length or size. They somehow always manage to rip the colourful seams in my heart into weakling treads; they always manage to make me weep and cry; they make me want to hug fictional characters made alive by the brilliant talent of those actresses and actors - (always such handsome human beings, those are, if I may add.)
Anyway, Call the Midwife is a new BBC show that is on that heart-ripping, GOOD show-list. I've only seen Season One so far, but suffice to say that I'm hooked. (Despite the Cons, who are, unfortunately present.)
I hate to be a bummer, but I'm going to start with listing the Cons.
1. The worldly viewpoint. It never fails to make me sad whenever I watch any show which includes things-I-do-not-support. Season one did not have much of it, and Call the Midwife is very sex-scene-free, but Episode 5 made me sigh, and there were a few little comments here and there the characters made that made me sigh also. But, as I said, it wasn't too bad - and overall it left me with very good feelsies indeed.
2. The birth-scenes. I hate the birth-scenes. It just makes me uneasy to see fake-births turn out so gritty and noisy... it's awkward to watch ladies screaming their heads off in their beds with their legs all over the place. And that's not just because I've never had kids; my mum thinks the exact same way as I do, so there. I always turn my head in those scenes, or turn off the sound (which my sister doesn't like me doing, so I hardly ever do it.) They don't actually show anything, but STILL. I really don't like the birth scenes. (And there's at least one in every episode.)
3. This isn't neccesarily a con, and it shouldn't come unexpected judging from number 1 and 2, but this show is not for children. (Not just because births involve screaming and blood, although that's a large part.) I like to say that it's a show for 'mature females.' (My dad watches it with us, but really, I can't believe he enjoys it as much as my mum and my sister and me. Although I'm sure there are many male viewers, I'm also sure that the majority of the viewers of this show are ladies. It's a rather womanish show. :-P)
HOWEVER. That said, let me dedicate the rest of this post towards the long, glowing list of enthusiastic pros. As I said in zee very beginning of the post, the pros of Call the Midwife by FAR outweigh the cons of it. I'm in love with this show; and I can't wait to dive into the brandnew, never-seen-by-me episodes of Series two and three. (And maybe Series four and five one day too, but we don't own those yet.) (But I heard that Jenny isn't even in Series four and five, and neither is Chummy, so I don't think I want to see those. Because seriously. Call the Midwife without JENNY?!! Tuh. That just about takes the giddy biscuit, Jeeves.)
Okay. THE PROS:
1. Would it be odd to say that I love the characters' faces? :-P Because I do. They make me happy just looking at them. Jimmy (the blonde fella in the picture above) annoyed me a bit, but oh, his grin is cute as a pineapple. Trixie's eyes are so glossy and glam, Cynthia's perfectly neat hair makes me smile, and Chummy - just the look of Chummy makes me smile in fondness. And then Jenny is so gorgeous.
2. Not only do I love their faces, I love (most of) the characters. They all have their annoying sides, which is amiable about the show, I think - but they all have a place in my heart. For instance, Trixie - she's incredibly annoying and silly, but oh, she has such a warm heart and her fashion sense is pretty stellar. And the grumpy nun - what's-her-name? - she's very grumpy, but she's without doubt my favourite nun. :-P
3. Jenny deserves her own paragraph. Like many tv shows, there is a main character, but there's almost equal amount of emphasis on all the other characters. Anyway, Jenny Lee is the main character of this show, and I love her. (Not all tv shows have lovable main characters so, oh, I was pleased to see that Jenny was perfectly lovable.) I related a lot to Jenny - she gets emotional, like I do. I love how she wants to help people, and I love how kind she is. (Also her HAIR. Can I get such perfect curls while cycling in the wind after being in charge of an intense birth scene? Thanks.)
(Also, how can she cycle so elegantly with a long skirt?!! #cycleskills)
4. The Costumes. No Period Drama Review of mine is complete without the mention of the costumes. Well, let me just tell you, Call the Midwife does not disappoint when it comes to frocks and hems and collars... I've always loved the 50's fashion style, but I think I fell in love with it more since I started watching this! (I WONDER WHY.) The midwives are pretty much always in their midwife costumes, so whenever they are not, I always get pretty excited. (Jenny's wardrobe is my favourite, but Trixie's wardrobe is pretty darn exquisite too.)
5. The music. I LOVE the way their weave in popular 50's songs into this show - it seriously makes it 10 times more fun to watch + so much more real, because those characters would have really listened to those songs. For instance, Doris Day sang Que Sera Sera in the last five minutes of episode one, and made me CRY, because it felt so real and it was so pretty with the narrator telling us sentimentally worthy things over it. I've discovered some fun new vintage songs through this show, and it's always fun to hear tunes I'm already familiar with. (Yep, love the music. Also, THIS SOUNDTRACK PIECE.)
6. The SMILES and LOVE whenever a baby is born. There is so much love packed into this show - love to the babies, love of the midwives, love of the parents... awww-ness alore.
7. Nonnatus House. I love monastries - their long cold stairs and halls and windows - and their huge thick doors. We went on a Church's weekend away lately, and that was in an empty monasty - it was gorgeous and I pretended I was Jenny Lee. (Unfortunately there wasn't a phone, or I would have picked it up and said, 'Nonnatus House, Midwife speaking.' :-P)
8. The BABIES. They're all SO CUTE. Sometimes I just want to dive into the world of midwives, just so I can hug and kiss all those babies.
9. I love the little midwife community - the inside jokes that go on between Jenny, Trixie, Cynthia and Chummy. For instance, when Trixie gave flirting lessons (no, not something I would heed to, but there's Trixie for you) to Chummy and when Jenny helped Chummy choose a dress - I love the friendship between these ladies. :-) (It makes one want to be a midwife.)
10. I wasn't very enthusiastic to start the series, to be honest - because who wants to watch stuff about births and only births? But that's just the thing - it isn't just about births. There are love stories, plots involving sick people that have nothing to do with pregnancy, stories with the nuns, and many little funny scenes like when Fred made toffee apples and sold them with chicken feathers stuck on. (Just watch it. I won't explain.)
11. CHUMMY. I was going to keep her till last but I can't wait any longer. I LOVE CHUMMY. Such a good chum, my goodness. (Did you spot the pun? Did you? Did you?) She's probably my favorite character in the whole show - I love her warm heart, the way she provides for comic relief, and the WAY she talks like a female version of Bertie Wooster. "What-ho, Mater." "T-T-F-N, Trixie." "One more push, old thing." Just can't dislike Chummy, you know, and the way she clumsily enters into the life of Nonnatus House. It was after episode two, when dear old Chummy made her appearance, that I decided I loved it. :-)
12. PLUS. SHE AND THE POLICEMAN ARE RIDICULOUSLY CUTE. Just shut up and go to bed and shut the front door. They are that cute. :-) (Peter's little smile makes my heart melt a bit. Just a bit.)
13. SO many episodes made me cry. In fact, the first four episodes all included a tear or two from my side. I loved the old man Jenny helped, and I loved that big Italian family in episode one, and how the baby was saved. There are so many heart-warming scenes and tear-jerking plots. (And you guys know how much I love a good cry now and then.)
14. On the other had, there were plenty of jolly fun bits. Fred, and the way he wants to ear money. The Grumpy Nun. (That's what I call her, so let me.) Camilla Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne, aka Chummy. And so on.
15. And of course, there were plenty of recognisable actors and actresses in here. Jenny Agutter plays one of the nuns, and so does Pam Ferris. Paul McGann's brother plays the doctor. (*Emma perks up*)
Basically, all in chorus: Naomi loves Call the Midwife and she cannot wait to start Season Two. She would also love to know if any of her viewers have seen and enjoyed this show, and if anyone else wants to be Chummy's friend really badly, and if anyone knows the name of The Grumpy Nun, because I've completely forgotten. Have a good day, people. Enjoy the sunshine. (Had to say that, because it's all yellow and bright and sunny around here, and I think I'd better go outside.)