Stop everything. Honestly, stop everything. Do you remember last year when US network FX issued a set of beautiful little trailers in the lead-up to the first series of Fargo? Although they didn’t reveal too much in terms of plot they revealed a heck of a lot about tone. They were quirky, amusing and artfully shot… everything that a Coen brothers movie is, in fact. That little batch of trailers told us everything we needed to know about what Fargo would be – interesting, terrifying, funny and brilliant. Looks like series two is going to be the same.
Oh Lordy. Twin Peaks fans have been through the (Packard Saw) mill recently. They (and you can count me in with the ‘theys’) jumped for joy when it was announced that David Lynch and Mark Frost would be back to collaborate on a new series of the cult classic, to be made by US cable network Showtime. Then Lynch pulled out because of a contract dispute; then he was in again. In, out, shake it all about. Just when you thought things were back on track, something else happens.
Thursday is turning out to be a busy old day. Not only have I put up three reviews and a news story about a new French crime drama on Channel 4, the wires report that, after its season launch this morning, Sky1 is getting into the crime drama in a big way for autumn and winter 2015/16. The channel has announced three new intriguing crime dramas, each one very different and each one deserving of a closer look.
We’re big fans of Spiral – Engrenaaaaaages! – here at The Killing Times, and series five of that beauty is right up there with the very best there has been in 2015. It wasn’t so much a French fancy but a French grime-fest; its gritty, compelling story a teeth-gnashing must-watch. But now we have a new French crime drama on the way and, if the first episode I saw this week is anything to go by, it might be just as good.
Here we are over the halfway line and deliverance is in sight. Yes, it has seemed an eternity, but The Interceptor has only three hours of life left (in this series at least). Those few of us who have risked our sanity by persevering with this drama in the hope that it will suddenly jolt into its stride? Step away from the edge.
There was a bit of confusion at the end of episode four of this bonkers Swedish crime drama (when hasn’t there been?), when Eva Thörnblad chased an intruder into a secret passageway that linked her father’s house with the forest outside. Before he escaped into the foliage he left a bottle of the black gunk (Essence Of Forest, as one of our excellent commenters called it… I think a Diet version is coming out soon) and a small pile of papers that, seemed to me at least, to indicate that the teenage girl tended to by Eva was not her daughter Josefine, but a girl called Emma. Wrong again.