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Dark, intense, depressing, lurid and Superb Investigative Series!
paul vincent zecchino from Manasota Key, Florida
23 October 2011
Caught first episode of this riveting investigative series on local PBS
outlet last Sunday eve, 17 October, 2011.
Scotland's breathtaking vistas of verdant green lands are bounded by
bottomless, troubling, indigo waters over which skies streaked by wet,
grey, slabs of Cold War Fear stand unsettling watch.
Jason Isaacs is a lawyer by education which makes him a gifted actor,
as he well demonstrated with his luciferian character in "Patriot",
Col. Tavington. What was it about Colonel Tavington - his smirk? His
sadism? - which made you want to bash his face?*
No matter. Mr. Isaacs has a gift for drawing you in to his character
and the dark, subtly menacing world in which he always gets his quarry.
Mr. Isaacs' character, 'Jackson Brodie' presents as a brooding,
prescient, cautious investigator. He's a man indelibly haunted by
traumatic events which bored holes thru his heart, scarring it with the
priceless gift of insight into human weakness - for those who wish to
Investigator Brodie bears his leaden cross in silence. The pain is
always there just beneath the surface. It binds him to his audience
which uses its gift of insight borne of pain to wrest reality from
illusion, no small task in a world riddled with the cancer of
deception, the designer disease of the Elites.
Wry, understated humor punctuates throughout as corpses surface,
weaving threads of intrigue throughout a tapestry of rain, oblique
motives, and ultimately, arrest.
Though many of us love life in the warmth, there's something enticing
about the dank, rainy, vistas which frame so many scenes. And why not?
After all, why would one hang oneself in the glorious heat of the sunny
Caribbean? Wouldn't it be more fitting to gas oneself off in the dark,
bone-chilling, North Sea cold? You bet it would, nothing quite like it,
frankly, is there?
Mr. Isaacs 'Jackson Brodie' peels back the layers of the human psyche
for our enjoyment and edification. One can only hope to see more
episodes which fathom the depths of corrosion to the human soul.
Delightful, joyous, cheery, intriguing. Don't miss it.
Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key, Florida
24 October, 2011
* - 'something about him which makes you want to bash his face.'
c. Ingmar Bergman, "The Magician"
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