Winter apparently decided to show up, finally, and we’ve been battered with several days of not just steady downpours, but also thunderstorms. Considering winter here in Northern California was like spring, Nature appears to have had one too many Mojitos during Christmas and got her timeline screwed up. If anything, I don’t think she’s ever recovered from her hangover.
At any rate, rains mean hooking up the bike to the trainer and trying hard not to snooze through intervals. But I’ve discovered a great way to counteract Indoor Cycling Ennui, and that’s to have Netflix on and getting myself reacquainted with Miss Marple (the Joan Hickson series, that is).
I only saw about half of the entire series when A&E used to show tons of fantastic British titles (Pride & Prejudice, Poirot, Inspector Morse, Emma, etc.). Watching the episodes from Season One has been a nice jog down memory lane for the most part, and since I’ve also sampled from the more recent production with Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple, it was fun seeing the differences in interpretations. From what I understand, though, the more updated version takes a lot of liberties with the source material, and while I’ve never read the books (I really should), I still find that I prefer the “old school” version much more.
Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple is really cute, sweet, and quirky. I’d love to have her as a great aunt or something. But Joan Hickson does a great job evoking jadedness, which I think works much better in mystery-solving. I’ve yet to see the most recent version (I think there are three different productions now of Miss Marple*) with Julia McKenzie. Again from what I’ve seen online, viewers didn’t take to that production as well, i.e., the consensus seems to be that Joan Hickson is Miss Marple in very much the same way that David Suchet is Poirot, and Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes.
Mind you, despite being entertained by Netflix, I still managed to get good cycling workouts in. But that can never, ever replace the beauty of being outdoors and on the roads. With the weather looking pretty nice this coming week, my Miss Marple viewing will be strictly on a “downtime” basis.
* Since 1980, that is, but I could be wrong.