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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Best hockey series ever... A Quebec classic

Author: RealLiveClaude from Montreal, Canada
17 May 2003

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When it was released in 1986, Lance et Compte (He Shoots, he scores...) did spawn a cult following. It married beautifully the elements of drama and sport altogether. The result is still a series of great quality.

Story: Pierre Lambert (Carl Marotte), one of the best junior hockey players in Canada, makes his team, the Dragons, win the Memorial Cup. An NHL prospect, the Quebec National (a spinoff of the former Quebec Nordiques) drafts him as first choice. Being the best junior player is one thing, but the NHL career he's facing might give him more pressure as he expected at first.

He had to injure accidentally his best friend for a team position, playing for the most dictatorial hockey coach ever (excellent Yvan Ponton, who played in Slap Shot...), facing an ambitious female journalist ready to trash everyone to get her scoop, try to settle himself with veteran players, including an aging star at the end of the line(Marc Messier) and with personnal problems, having a bad injury and as well as dealing with his beloved ones, mostly his mom with business problems, his sister who fell in love with a teammate and finally a crumbling relationship with his actual girlfriend (Marie-Chantal Labelle), which might end up tragically since he's interested with the doctor (Beautiful Martinique-native France Zobda) who treated his injury...

Add this up with some hockey action and (minor spoiler) the expected championship at the end and voilà: 13 episodes of the best series Quebec could offer to its fans. Good script, well acted and of course entertaining music until the end... And many sequels following up !

A True Classic to be seen again.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A Quebec cult classic

8/10
Author: mc_aka_alisa from Montreal, Canada
10 May 2008

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Hockey is a religion in Quebec, and this TV phenomenon captured the hearts of the Quebecois people as much as a real playoffs round. 'Lance et compte' episodes would be vehemently discussed amongst people, as much as a finale of 'Lost' is today.

Written by sports journalist Réjean Tremblay, 'Lance et compte' explored the more obscure backstage of the glamorous hockey scene - the injuries, the backstabbing, the affairs, the minor leagues. The show's team, the fictional National de Québec, was inspired by the Nordiques de Québec. It is believed Réjean Tremblay based his story lines on events that he witnessed during his career as a sports journalist: disputes between teammates, locker room mutinies against coaches, late partying and affairs.

The success of this show was mostly due to the flaws and humanity found in the characters. Rising rookie star Pierre Lambert became a popular icon in Quebec City, his sister Suzie Lambert charmed viewers with her temper and her wit, tough coach Jacques Mercier was the one we loved to hate and ambitious sports journalist Linda Hébert was a feminist icon. The TV show launched the careers for most of these actors.

'Lance et compte' captivated a whole generation and has spawned quite a few sequels. However, none of them managed to capture the same grit as the original. 'Lance et compte' was written during a time when hockey was still about the game, when hockey players weren't being traded to a different team every year, and when rivalries still meant something. The plot line remained simple and focused on the brilliant interactions between the actors, staying away from the complex conspiracies played out in its less successful sequels.

And the icing on the cake remains the powerful, chilling finale which has us holding our breaths until the very end. I still have goosebumps thinking about it.

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