Lucrative antique espionage. Awesome mullet.
Acorn has been pumping out these Lovejoy sets like they’re going for the DVD release world record, but, that’s good news for Ian McShane binge-watchers.
McShane (Hercules 2014) is Lovejoy, the dopest antiques slinger this side of the Roadshow. Renowned for having a knack for sniffing out the most valuable of the valuables, Lovejoy also has a penchant into landing in all manner of trouble. Introducing him to that trouble is a parade of characters, often toting their own pricey relics (or seeking them out).
Series 4 continues in the playbook, as Lovejoy and his trio of fellow antique professionals (characters in their own right) navigate the weirdo world of the industry. Their adventures include the brokering of stolen Judaic valuables, responding to an odd request by a violinist to make his Stradivarius look like a forgery, entering into a tenuous deal with a rival dealer to split the profits of dissolved marriage and dealing with the fallout of his tryst with television superstardom.
Thirteen episodes on four discs and they’re what you’ve come to expect from Lovejoy and friends. As has been the indisputable truth, everything revolves around Ian McShane who, by this time, has inhabited the character long enough to wear him as a second skin.
He’s got the schtick nailed down and you can tell he enjoys the job. And, really, how could you blame him? Lovejoy is as charismatic a guy that’s ever been written for the small screen. And McShane runs with it.
As for the season, nothing super-dramatic happens with the characters or the storylines. In fact, the biggest shift takes place in the beginning, when Lovejoy is forced to relocate his makeshift antique shop. After that, it’s the dependable march of the chaise-living weirdos and the guy with the toilet that may or may not have been used by Napoleon.
The DVDs continue to be strictly utilitarian: full frame (okay picture quality considering the age), 2.0 stereo and no extras.