Post by Chalice_Of_Evil on Oct 21, 2017 10:07:42 GMT
Due South was another favourite of mine in the 90's.
I liked Benton Fraser and Ray Vecchio – I think they were one of my first favourite ‘buddy cop teams'. I was fairly young when the Ray changeover happened (from David Marciano to Callum Keith Rennie), so I didn’t quite ‘get’ what was going on (I think I was as perplexed as Fraser was). It didn’t help that the first episode with New Ray began like nothing was wrong/out of place/different. I thought I’d missed an episode or something.
It’s so long ago now, I can’t really recall what my initial reactions were other than confusion. I must say that I didn’t take to Callum Keith Rennie’s New Ray straight away. In fact, it probably took me a good long while to warm up to his character and I really missed Old Ray and his dynamic with Fraser – so much so that I think I was hoping he’d return and we’d get the old duo back. However, by the series’ end, funnily enough I’d grown fonder of New Ray and his dynamic with Fraser. Sure, it was different from Old Ray and Fraser’s dynamic, but over time I guess I’d gotten used to it, because by the time Old Ray returned, I was feeling very conflicted about it. On the one hand, I was very happy to see Old Ray and Fraser back together again, as I’d missed that for a long time.
On the other hand, I did feel a bit sad for New Ray when it seemed like perhaps he’d be forgotten about because Old Ray had resurfaced and I didn’t like the idea of Fraser just forgetting about New Ray and the friendship they’d formed (then again, I would’ve hated for him to have forgotten his friendship with Old Ray too). So, really, I wasn’t wanting either Ray to be forgotten about or ‘chosen’ over the other Ray – which was kind of a funny reaction from me, given that usually when one character replaces another in a show, I have a clear favourite/one that I prefer over the other (then again, I’ve seldom been in the situation that Due South presented me with).
Considering when New Ray first turned up, I couldn’t have fathomed liking him and not wanting Old Ray back with Fraser, I was surprised with myself that my reaction to the end of the show was one of contentment. I was fine the way it ended with Fraser and New Ray, but was glad Old Ray came back for the end of the show. It’s a peculiar case that I haven’t ever found with a show since, and I’ll always remember the unique roller coaster of feelings/emotions I went on regarding the two Rays.
I loved Diefenbaker, Fraser’s deaf wolf, and I also thought that the music used in episodes of the show was really great. Numerous episodes had some really good quality songs used in the background, which accompanied the scenes perfectly. Plus, I loved the Due South opening credits.
The credits are awesome. The music, the choice of shots, just the ‘mood’ of it was perfect for the show. There's so many great shots included - Fraser with the gun, Fraser making Ray wait to get in the elevator so the other person can go first (showing Fraser's politeness/consideration for others), Fraser tasting something off the ground and Ray being grossed out (Ray's face is great, and we know Fraser did this a LOT throughout the series), Fraser slow-mo falling out the window from explosion - it summed up the show/the show's tone, the character of Fraser and his partnership with Ray.
If I had to pick a favourite shot, the one that immediately comes to mind is Fraser turning Dief's head to look at him and telling him to "Stay." - I was just happy to see Dief included in the opening credits in several shots (as he should be!). Every time I hear the tune, I feel nostalgic for the show. The theme tune also has a slightly sad/haunting feel to it at one point as well, I think. It’s hard to explain. What I kind of hated, though, was when they altered the theme music somewhat in the later seasons. It just kind of ruined it, I felt. Whatever they added to it just didn't do anything for me and I found it annoying.
I do enjoy the end credits too, though I hadn't really taken as much notice of them when I first watched the show on TV way back when I was growing up. Many years later on DVD, however, I had the chance to really look at them and notice the part where Fraser falls over at the end. I was also quite surprised when I eventually read somewhere that Paul Gross did the singing over the end credits. I'd never known that previously.
Anyway, please feel free to post any fond memories you have of the show.