A hard-edged, gritty police drama set in the tense and claustrophobic world of a Major Crime task force which brings together a crew of idiosyncratic, competitive characters over a knife-edged, maximum stress year-long investigation. PHOENIX is no traditional crime story. Its characters are not clean, superhero cops, just real police officers whose attitudes can be shocking and whose humour is grim and black. The first series recounted the investigation of the bombing of the Victorian state police headquarters, loosely based on the real-life Russell Street Bombing of the mid-80s. The series was lauded as one of the most realistic depictions of police investigation techniques, including both surveillance and forensics, and is still widely considered as one of the country's greatest series.
I have only seen 'Phoenix' as a repeat (currently been shown @ 11pm Monday nights on ABC). I thought that the first series was brilliant, but on Monday, the second series premiered. I noticed that Paul Sonkila and Andy Anderson were among the notable absentees - obviously as officers-in-charge of the Major Crime Squad, they were held accountable for the many complaints regarding the bomb investigation. It now seems that Phoenix has lost its first series quality. Am I reading to much into the first episode, or were Sonkila, Anderson and others smart enough to get off a sinking ship?
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