When I saw the trailer, I thought it was going to be some kind of anti-Jack Carter. Instead of a cool, seductive private detective who always succeed in some complex investigations, we got two losers wannabe detectives, the clumsy Bob Marlow (Claude Meunier) and the has-been cop James Bonin (Gilbert Sicotte), who have to deal with truly cheap investigations, like trying to catch a petty thief in a supermarket.
I must say the premise is very interesting. It was supposed to be funny and dramatic at the same time. So, naturally, I was hoping for something great or at least watchable.
In fact, the show is somewhere between "watchable" and "boring". There are indeed some good parts in the show, like those with Michel Charrette and Remy Girard. Two great actors that can easily make you laugh. Gilbert Sicotte too manages to be funny, even if he's not really a comedian.
What's truly ruined the show to me is Claude Meunier. He's probably a good scriptwriter, but a truly annoying actor. He was good as "Popa" in "La Petite Vie", but in Détect. Inc., he seems to be a fusion of his character of Mr. Pepsi in Pepsi Ads and Ding guy in Ding & Dong. He looks absolutely silly in his role, but not the way it was supposed to be. There is also Diane Lavallée's character, Madonna, a female godfather, who really doesn't bring anything interesting to the show, but at least, it seems that she never shows herself very often. Hopefully.
Overall, another "could-have-been good" product from Claude Meunier that unfortunately didn't manage to gain as much success that "La Petite Vie".
As I post this comment, the show is still running, but I doubt it would get any better by the future.
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