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Well, it looks like another month or two in “eased lockdown” for Victorians, which means time for people to dive headfirst into on-trend DIYing and those hobbies we never had time for, or like people such as me, more TV binging. That’s not always a bad thing, I guess.
Some of my wife’s work colleagues recommended a new series on Disney Plus called ‘Only Murders in the Building’. When I say recommended, I mean they almost jumped out of their skin and did that girlie shocked monkey emoji when they discovered she hadn’t heard of it. We turned on the first episode to give it a try, and to my surprise, I found that Steve Martin popped onto the screen. At first, I thought, how low has this guy stooped? Has he gone from making hit movies to a series on Disney? Another exciting discovery was Miss Ex-Bieber herself, Selena Gomez.
Only Murders in the Building follows three unlikely strangers united by their love of solving mysteries and true crime; Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), an actor looking to keep his seemingly dull and lonely life exciting. Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) is a washed-up director looking for one last shot to redeem himself from a few too many life and career errors. Lastly, Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) is a blunt young woman with a few dark secrets. Of course, there are other characters throughout with quirks of their own, such as the supposed asshole, Tim Kono, which the whole story is centred around.
I like that most of the episodes so far are set in the prestigious Arconia Hotel, where only the elite reside, including Sting himself, who makes a surprising cameo. There’s also a link to past experiences in the Arconia, linking this current mystery to a past murder. Will the newly formed ‘Hardy Boys’ solve either crime or will they just put themselves in grave danger?
I regret my initial dim view of this series. I’m hooked after just five episodes. This captivating yet easy to watch show provides mystery, comedy and drama all packed into one. I quite enjoy the way it also includes random scenes which delve into the protagonists’ conscious thoughts. If you like to watch something short (approx. 30-minute episodes) and not too hard to think about, then this dark comedy is definitely for you.
There’s a new episode released each Tuesday night on Disney Plus if you’re a subscriber. Five episodes down and five to go. What will the conclusion be? Who killed Tim Kono?