Perry Mason (HBO) season thread **spoilers**

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  1. Jun 30, 2020 #41 of 200
    ej42137

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    Does it strike anyone else that Della Reese Street is almost unchanged from the "Perry Mason" TV show? Same look, same sassy manner, even the same hairdo?

    On the other hand, there's something different about Paul Drake that I just can't quite put my finger on.
     
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  2. Jun 30, 2020 #42 of 200
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I think it's the hair..?
     
  3. Jul 1, 2020 #43 of 200
    dianebrat

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    Della Street... Street...
    You're overthinking it with parents, they're just doing what everyone does, applying the property to a new timeline and matching things that need to change.
    Wars need to change since WWII is still ahead of them, after all, remember that Mason wasn't a WWII vet in the original stories films since those 6 films were filmed in the late 1930's
    Since the majority of the books have a lack of detail on Mason's life before being a lawyer it's ripe for embellishment, the WWII Navy veteran aspect was an item added in the TV series.

    I have no doubt they approached this is a reboot/reimagining of Perry Mason from the start, I also can't imagine them being remotely interested in Mickey Spillane who is even less in the cultural zeitgeist than Mason is.
     
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    Jon J

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    Thank you for finally pointing that out. I had dinner with Barbara Hale when she was on a promo tour for the Perry Mason TV show. Very nice (and attractive) lady.
     
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    ej42137

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for that too, that's what I was going for.
     
  6. Jul 7, 2020 #46 of 200
    cheesesteak

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    It's easy for me to see Matthew Rhys as a sleazy, low rent private eye. I have a hard time seeing him evolve into the Perry Mason character I see in MeTV commercials.
     
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  7. Jul 7, 2020 #47 of 200
    mr.unnatural

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    Yeah. Della Reese was a black entertainer that used to appear on a lot of daytime variety shows like Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas as well as many movies and TV shows. She was also a jazz and gospel and an ordained minister. She was in the TV show Touched By An Angel that ran from 1994 to 2003. She passed away in 2017 at the age of 86.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2020 #48 of 200
    cheesesteak

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    She was great in the 1989 movie Harlem Nights movie with Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.
     
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    mattyro7878

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    "He shot my pinky toe!!"
     
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    Maybe Della's "don't you have some windows to peek through?" will wake him up.

    This show is.... weird so far
     
  11. Jul 8, 2020 #51 of 200
    Steveknj

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    As I said, it's easier for me as I choose not to watch this as a Perry Mason origin story and just another 1930s private eye story. The Perry Mason character could just as well be called Joe Smith for all it matters. I probably have only seen bits and pieces of the TV series over the years and never read the books. So it's intriguing in that vein. Maybe there will be some tie-in later in the series that brings them together?
     
  12. Jul 8, 2020 #52 of 200
    astrohip

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    Pretty much my approach. Can't ever recall seeing the TV show, although the name is certainly recognizable. And I'm sure that's what HBO was counting on. But I have no loyalty to any previous versions of this character.

    If it's good, I keep watching. And so far, it's good.
     
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  13. Jul 19, 2020 #53 of 200
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well...Perry's transformation from PI to attorney was certainly...abrupt.

    Not to mention criminal!
     
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    photoshopgrl

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    I was quite surprised by that, I must say. I really thought this series would be about him as a PI and maybe at the end show how he became an attorney.
     
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    dianebrat

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    I was also very surprised they pulled that out of the hat this early, I also expected it to be either the end of the season, or end of the series for him getting his degree.

    Other than that it continues to be one of the most beautifully filmed and scored shows I've seen in a while.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Same thing, since it's billed as a miniseries...
     
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    photoshopgrl

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    Also I really enjoy John Lithgow so sorry to see him gone!
     
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    Bierboy

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    Yeah...that was a gut punch for sure.
     
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  19. Jul 20, 2020 #59 of 200
    Dawghows

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    We're enjoying the show in all its aspects, but above all, it's gorgeous to look at.
     
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  20. Jul 20, 2020 #60 of 200
    Shakhari

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    Really? Hamilton Berger helps Perry Mason cheat on the bar exam, then proceeds to lose every trial to him for decades? :rolleyes:
     
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