In France: Last autumn In the UK: Saturday 2 March, 9pm, BBC. iPlayer: Episode 7, Episode 8 In the US/Canada: Acquired by Netflix
Prepare yourself for much wailing and gnashing of teeth: I'm away for a week, so I won't be able to review episodes 9 and 10 until next Thursday or so, I suspect. Of course, given these reviews are only getting as many as one comment each, maybe you'll all live somehow. Let's see how many comments this gets by the time I return, anyway.
Either way, let's look at the two episodes that have just aired, in which Gilou proves that yes, he can be very smart, provided it's criminal activity rather than police work, Karlsson proves that she's great at defending everyone except herself - at least, when Pierre's around - and Laure proves that Spiral will remember past continuity references and characters eventually, even if takes a year or two.
Not really worth a full-on review, since it's so perfectly generic, I could recycle practically any other review I've ever written of a CBS cop drama and it would say more or less the same thing.
The basic idea is that the Robert Kennedy-alike Walter William Clark Jr (Theo James, who could see dead people in Sky Living's horror show Bedlam) will become the youngest police commissioner in New York City history seven years from now, and when he's interviewed about how he got to the top so quickly, we see in flashback the events that transpired along the way.
And it's incredibly, incredibly generic. We have the slobby black partner a couple of years from retirement (Chi McBridge) and the ambitious backstabbing detective who's intent on sabotaging Clark Jr's obviously inevitable career trajectory (Kevin Alejandro from Southland). We have a token female detective who's somewhere on the moral spectrum between those two. We have a wayward sister for our hero to look after.
All of which might be excusable if there were decent plots. But for a Golden Boy, he ain't half stupid. There is literally no obvious insight that he can't make, no obvious act of backstabbing that he won't miss. The show should more probably be called Earnest Boy, because this isn't a political animal like Robert Kennedy in the making (which someone who rose that quickly up the career ladder would really need to be).
So although, as with all CBS dramas, it is competently made, has a decent degree of verisimilitude and looks great, ignore it.
Sorry for the slightly later than normal review - I was holding out for Superman #17 and the end of the H'el on Earth storyline (guest starring the Justice League and Wonder Woman), which was supposed to come out this week… but didn't. Guess that'll have to wait until next time.
But February was a bit of a bumper month for Wonder Woman. As well as her own title and the end of the Throne of Atlantis storyline in Justice League, H'El on Earth has seen her show up in Superboy #17 trying to save Superman; in Supergirl #17, she's once and for all proven the inequality Wonder Woman > Supergirl > Superman; her rather dreadful crossover with Batwoman finally comes to an end in Batwoman #17; Injustice: Gods Among Us #5-6 give us a possibly inappropriately flirty, possibly political Wonder Woman; and in Young Romance #1, Supes and Wondy go on another date together, which naturally goes pear-shaped.
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