UK version of the Norwegian show about a surgeon who is determined to save his dying wife to the point of agreeing to treat criminals and others for cash in his highly illegal secret underground clinic.
Tobi King Bakare,
In 1990s Boston, an assistant district attorney and a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran work together to take on a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.
Not only is this series stultifyingly dull so far (after just 2 episodes), it is also: inane, insipid, incoherent, vague, poorly written and acted, and just plain dumb. As far as police procedurals go, it is ridiculously full of holes, lapses in judgment, bad choices, and sheer stupidity. Attempts to reflect human nature are embarrassingly shallow--to wit, the episode 2 embrace between father-and-son (whose story is supposed to be all wrapped up, I assume, judging from previews for the next episode?), any pointless existential screams or yells emitted by characters young or old or in-between.
The main character has survived a vehicular accident and near-drowning. Her short-on-details partner Alex was not so lucky. For some presumably-still-to-be-revealed reason, he had been liked by no one--to the extent that murder may have been in the cards? After this event, she demonstrates her post-accident malaise by stomping around in her little boots, showing the depths of her soul by taking stiff drinks and exploding in one-word obscenities, and demonstrating a troubling shortness of breath that could be emphysema. (Is it supposed to be an after-effect of her accident, or just a quirky character choice?) Sorry to be so blunt, but she is incredibly unpleasant to watch and listen to.
The show tries to be atmospheric and moody so as to evoke richer material like "Top of the Lake" and "The Killing," but falls desperately flat with amateurish acting and writing, despite nice scenery and sometimes interesting photography. I didn't think I would watch episode 2, but decided to give it another go, and it was a big mistake. Every now and then, a show is so bad that you become enraged at the wastefulness. You can't even enjoy it for its badness. This could be that show.
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