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Was anyone else distincly underwhelmed?
Next week's one looks better
it was very very good.
Rebecca Hall may have been 75% of this feeling though.
Beautifully shot, acted, designed etc, but it was a lot effort wasted on something so distinctly routine and cliched. Corrupt police/businessmen/whatever is hardly an eye-opener in these times, and that ending was ridiculous! Should I bother with the next instalments?
But yeah, next week’s looks even better.
one of the best things I've seen on TV in a good while.
I felt it meandered for ages, trying to make out it was really complex but then just delivering the plot to you in next little parcels, and then the last half hour just descended into farce. The guy playing Scoop was really annoying too.
Eh up, I'm Sean Bean, I'm from t'north. Cunt, cunt, cunt casual racism. I'm off now, bye.
As a set up for a wider thing, yeah it got my interest, but this on its own was just a bit pft. As I said next week's one looks good.
I'll watch all of them though, because people need to be praised for at least trying something new on TV.
It followed the same old template as any other 'detective/hack opens can-of-worms whilst investigating a case' scenario perpetrated by infinite amounts of other films/literature.
But compared to every "new" show on television, it was refreshing.
Given it was on Channel 4 I was surprised it wasn't called The Great British Police Corruption
were fresh and new when they came out, and you certainly can’t say that British television has been overflowing with homegrown examples of it either. Crimes without resolution, murky characters, unsatisfactory endings, false leads and flawed protagonists are not things that are that common in British crime thrillers, on television in particular, but also in film and literature. I liked the fact that it wasn’t just about the plot, or the crime. I hate to use the phrase, but it was a highly evocative mood piece. It sucked me in totally and made me believe in its world more than any other piece of British drama in recent years. It was one of the few things that (despite the fact that it’s not going to run for 24 episodes a season) is, I think, able to stand up to comparison against the top, confident, US dramas like the Wire, the Shield, the Sopranos and Mad Men.
I also think that it’s the kind of show that will work best when all three films are considered as a whole, so I’d stick with it.
you know the scary mental police officer with the 'tache? Same guy that played Ian Curtis in 24 Hour Party People. There's a fact!
i really enjoyed it. i was gripped pretty much the whole way through. lots of little things were unresolved but of course there are 2 more to go so i'm sure these things will be cleared up.