Bluey - The Complete Collection
- Product Review (submitted on 4 December 2017):
At last, Fans now have a pristine set of Bluey episodes from 1 to 39.
The Bluey theme music is good and the series has been undervalued for many years.
It’s hard to believe Lucky Grills had very little acting experience before landing his one and only lead role, giving a performance more experienced actors would envy.
Grill’s handled the rough and tumble stuff with ease and even though he was an overweight smoker, always managed to run fast whilst still strong enough to cope with fight scenes.
The supporting cast of Gerda Nicholson, John Dietrich, Ken Goodlet, Terry Gill, Victoria Quilter
and Fred Parslow all handled their parts very well.
The guest actors also gave convincing performances – Gerard Kennedy, Lynette Curran, Elspeth Ballantyne, Graham Rouse, Rod Mullinar, Max Cullen and many others.
I enjoyed Ken Goodlet’s rants as the A.C., however as the character’s a busy professional,
I would’ve thought he’d have better things to do than bother with the activities of a lowly Sergeant.
The character of Sergeant Reg Truscott was a real scream and working undercover meant he was always being shoved into Police cars to spill his guts to Bluey about something connected with a case.
Always looking like a Bum, Truscott ensured the Aunt Sally persona was complete and safe.
The Run Truscott..Run.. episode showcased the character beautifully.
As the series progressed, it became obvious something was going on between Bluey
and Sergeant Monica Rourke.
They may have been in love or perhaps just close friends sharing a work history,
however there was respect and closeness between them.
Rourke’s a very capable officer and has learnt to put up with Bluey’s crap,
however there are limits and she’ll let him have it with both Barrels if he oversteps the mark,
as can be seen during the ‘Tit for Tat’ episode.
Detective Gary Dawson has to be the original naïve cleanskin, bright eyed and bushytailed
and keen to make his mark in plain clothes policing.
He does’nt approve of Bluey’s methods and is always pulling him up on correct procedures.
Despite Dawson not knowing the Ropes, he’s as straight as an Arrow and prefers doing things
by-the-book as it should be.
Bluey will have none of Dawson’s pedantic ways and prefers to do things his way.
Each Bluey episode was cleverly written and acted and was the last of the old style Crawford Police series before the more sophisticated Cop Shop came along.
My favourite episode is The Mooball Man and thought the Script was well written.