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Black Spot 

Zone Blanche (original title)
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A police chief and an eccentric new prosecutor investigate a string of grisly crimes and eerie phenomena in an isolated town at the edge of a forest.

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Mathieu Missoffe
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2019   2017  
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Series cast summary:
Suliane Brahim ...  Laurène Weiss 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Hubert Delattre ...  Nounours 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Laurent Capelluto ...  Franck Siriani 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Samuel Jouy Samuel Jouy ...  Bertrand Steiner 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Camille Aguilar ...  Cora Weiss 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Renaud Rutten Renaud Rutten ...  Louis Hermann 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Brigitte Sy ...  Sabine Hennequin 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Naidra Ayadi Naidra Ayadi ...  Leïla Barami 15 episodes, 2017-2019
Anne Suarez ...  Léa Steiner 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Dan Herzberg ...  Gaspard Bellan 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Olivier Bonjour ...  Gérald Steiner 13 episodes, 2017-2019
Thomas Doret ...  Rudy Guerin / ... 12 episodes, 2017-2019
Tiphaine Daviot ...  Camille Laugier 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Samir Boitard Samir Boitard ...  Paul Méric Pompier / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Cyrielle Debreuil ...  Anna Delambre 8 episodes, 2017
Théo Costa-Marini Théo Costa-Marini ...  Roman Barthélémy 8 episodes, 2017-2019
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Villefranche is a small town without phone reception on the edge of a mysterious forest. The number of inhabitants is dwindling but there's a sharp rise in crime. Police inspector Laurène, once the victim of a crime herself, keeps on discovering fresh corpses.

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A black spot describes an area with little to no mobile reception, often due to its remote location. Interestingly, the French expression for such an area and the original title of the series is Zone Blanche, which literally translates to white spot. See more »

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The Police Chief's rank is Major, but the prosecutor continually calls her Captain in the English dubbed version. See more »

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Out-Lynched Lynch + S2 EDIT
5 November 2018 | by paulr1978See all my reviews

While I'm new to French crime tv, I'm quickly becoming schooled. I'm just afraid that if this is standard stuff, I can't imagine much else being this good, let alone better. Nevertheless, I'm afraid that the inexplicable translation from Zone Blanche to "Black Spot" (in the US) could result in missed viewers who came up with wrong programs in their searches. This was my favorite discovery of 2017.

The assortment of characters are blended into a very believable ensemble as not one single one of them plays a disposable role. Some, who seem passive throughout, turn out to be critical antagonists eventually--it's a neat trick. The combination of the fantastic fog and woods environment coupled with an overt, but not overplayed, paranormal presence gives the viewer no shortage of suspense and chills. Watch it in a dark room without distractions.

This is what early Twin Peaks was. Undoubtedly, Lynch takes no credit as inspiration for and presumably has no connection with this production but, being a number one Lynch fan for 35 years now, I think this show's creators have outdone themselves and out-Lynched David, himself. This time. 9 stars.

EDIT: Having added S2 I note the following changes. Interpersonal relationships between main characters intensify playing out mostly good. The oddball Siriani tends to gradually grow into his inevitable acceptance of life in Villefranche while Sheriff Weiss and Nonours experience turmoil and threats to their curious buddy-cop relationship. More notable is the much heavier handed treatment of the supernatural component in this season compared to S1. In S1 the ghosts were delicately treated here and there in the landscape, never overdone, but, in S2, producers have ramped the monster arc and Weiss' accompanying obsession onto center stage, which has taken time away from the single episode plots involving the very strange and entertaining curious Villefranche local folk. There is also a short mythical historic arc about first century Roman occupation of the locale intended to tie the paranormal business into current day Villefranche. This doesn't provide much. In all, I feel producers aimed to compose all the various threads to support the main arc of Weiss chasing her monster. This changed the show from an anthology with underlying connecting threads to a single long movie split into episodes. I liked season 1 better. Still, I love the characters, and hope for more from these writers.


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9 March 2017 (Belgium) See more »

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