Rebel Yell

Alphabet Movie challenge: day 20

Thrilling program that kept me on edge

Answer: Inspector George Gently


The first time I saw George Gently,

I was admittedly a bit distracted

*do I have to punish you?*
*do I have to punish you?*

*clears throat*

but as the program went along I became more involved in the case. I was more than a little behind though because I had to rewatch this scene, several times 😉

smoking is bad, Ricky, soooo bad...
smoking is bad, Ricky, soooo bad…

Ricky appeared the town rebel,

heading up a motorcycle gang and influencing young troubled boys

Robin, is that you?
Robin, is that you?

but once I got past the young detective’s prejudice, I saw that Ricky was more like a lone wolf taking in the weak and wounded who had been cast out of their own packs.


Uh oh, now I’m attached to him.

What if he is involved in those murders?

please don't ask me to break the law for you Ricky...because I totally will!
please don’t ask me to break the law for you Ricky…because I totally will!

The story went along and it became clear that Ricky was not the bad guy.

(I knew all along *scoffs*)

But once I figured out who was…oh no! Ricky, don’t go in the garage! keep driving, do you hear me?


I'm all for safety, but take off that ridiculous helmet
I’m all for safety, but take off that ridiculous helmet

I won’t spoil the ending for those who haven’t seen it yet,

because I’ve always been diligent about spoilers on this blog…

(that was sarcasm 😛 )

*leaving them with a cliffhanger, nice!*
*leaving them with a cliffhanger, nice!*

but I will say I didn’t expect the sadism.

Did that come out of nowhere, or was I just not paying attention?

oh right, I did say my attention was elsewhere...
oh right, I did say my attention was elsewhere…

(non-Armitage answer: The Prestige)

18 thoughts on “Rebel Yell

  1. I never got to finish The Prestige – I can’t remember why but it was not because of the movie – I loved it, but I think something else came up and we either had to return the DVD or something like that and I forgot all about it. So now it’s back on my to-watch list.

    I loved that George Gently episode but I always like it when they ratchet up the tension – although the dead bodies started getting to me because we know who was next. Richard did that just after he finished Vicar of Dibley so it was nice to see the transition from accountant to biker – and I love the biker 😉


        1. it’s one of those movies I can’t say much about until you’ve watched it, or else I’d be gushing about it! Christian Bale’s attention to detail really pays off in this one; I liked Hugh Jackman’s performance too, probably my favorite of his movies that I’ve seen. I also like how the story tied in some history about Tesla and Edison. it caused me to go read the book after I watched it, but the book is different from the movie in a lot of areas; I didn’t like it as much 😐


  2. I still snicker thinking of him as a leader of a biker gang, but I guess stranger things have happened…

    Did you watch the rest of the episodes of this show? It’s actually really good. It was even better once I got used to the accents and could actually understand what they were saying. This may or may not be one of the shows I powered through in less than two weeks. And now I’m very impatiently awaiting the next season…


    1. I think I watched one other episode but I can’t remember which one; I’d like to watch more though. I liked the Inspector himself and I imagine the young guy has a lot of learning to do (plus there’s that whole side story with him being newly married and his father-in-law being corrupt, etc.)


  3. Interestingly, despite rolling the cigarette, we never actually see him smoke it. He rolls it, lights it, and has it in his hand, but I don’t think we ever see him inhale. I think RA had quit by that time and so was faking out. I know in The Hobbit we saw him with a pipe in his hand, but is he ever seen actually smoking it?

    I loved Ricky as well, the passion and anger of the character. I agree with the “lone wolf taking in strays” interpretation. I also loved that he kept Ricky’s sexuality ambiguous. And the fact that a working class man of the 1960’s did *not* react when being accused of being gay was a big statement of his character, not merely the sexual ambiguity, but the fact he truly did not care what society thought.

    Spoiler Alert: My only issue was the fact 6’3″ biker Ricky was supposedly overpowered and then strung up by someone probably 8 to 10 inches short than he stretched credulity a bit. But then by that time I had kind of gotten used to RA characters being beaten up by smaller people (Standring by Andrew, Guy by Marion) I know when Lucas North came along, I was finally glad to see someone of his size finally getting the upper hand in fights. I remember when talking about Guy RA made a complete couple slightly sulky comments about being beaten up by a girl so maybe he was too.


    1. I liked the juxtaposition of the “rebel biker” being a pacifist, waxing lyrical about “the ghost in the machine” and taking society’s outcasts under his wing, etc. 😎 the smoking scene is sensual to me not because of the smoking itself, but the rolling and the licking… 😈


      1. Well, that period, the late 1950’s early 1960’s was very interesting in terms of philosophical/social movements in the U.S., probably in the U.K. as well (though I don’t have any real knowledge for that to quote from). Ricky struck me as a Beat character, someone who had devoured Kerouac and Ginsberg and was trying to live “On the Road” as much as he could.


      2. In a city in the 1960s in a European city, someone like Ricky might have ended up finding the right crowd to run with, such as the ‘Exi’s’ (sp?) who were among the first fans of the Beatles in Germany.


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