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I heard that Scottish stadium rock gods Simple Minds were doing the music to this show which pricked my interest . Don't laugh but Simple Minds were a great rock band in the 1980s even though they shot themselves in the foot a decade later by continually bringing out the same album ala Status Quo and Oasis every alternative year
The opening scene has a great hook as a couple of smack dealers sit in their drug dealing den cutting up heroin . A couple of balaclava wearing machine gun toting vigilantes execute them , pour petrol over the place and run out as the den explodes and the theme tune and opening credits start . A breath taking start but the theme tune by Simple Minds is Waterfront from Sparkle In The Rain which is disappointing since I'd been led to believe that the music the band were doing for THE JUSTICE GAME was entirely original . One of the vigilantes , a tough former soldier , is arrested and is represented by his lawyer Dominic Rossi played by Denis Lawson . So far so good and by the end of the first episode we're treated by intriguing scenes like an old man being stabbed to death by a gang at a bus stop . However the plot goes AWOL by the end of the second episode and the third episode ends with Rossi interviewing some big wig who caught AIDS in Thailand . In the fourth episode Rossi gets his client off on a murder charge who then takes advantage of the double jeopardy rule ( ie Even if he admits the crime he can't be prosecuted twice for the same crime ) so tells Rossi everything he knows . Alas he does so off camera which doesn't enlighten the audience as to what's going on and the climax takes place at a deserted warehouse which involves a female sniper shooting one of the bad guys pursuing Rossi
To say this viewer was confused is a mild understatement . Writer John Brown also wrote the totally confusing THE ONE GAME which like this was a case of The Emporers New Clothes . That is everyone is too embarrassed to admit they didn't understand so will praise it as being intelligent and complex instead . Things like the old guy getting knifed at the bus stop are never explained and we never find out why the female sniper saved Rossi's life or even who she was . We also get to hear another track by Simple Minds in the final episode , Earth That You Walk Upon from the Sons And Fascination album which again disappointed since I'd been led to believe the SM soundtrack was going to be totally original and come to think of it that was the only reason I watched this bitterly disappointing thriller
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