I've always thought that this concept makes more sense for a TV show than movies. don't get me wrong. I love the first three. And, well, refueled... exists. meanwhile, here you can have a long line of missions, without it feeling repetitive. many different things will be moved, crime bosses will be worked for or against, cutting edge technology will be fought over, and A truly endless stream of Goons will be defeated. sometimes there's a trap or a set up. hostages are taken. All 24 episodes are separate one-off plots, and nearly all have at least one "job". they explore a number of different " worlds", including art, military, dictators, prostitution, politics, etc. The main villain will often be very evil. this tends to side with progressive politics, although right wingers on this aren't one note .
This adds main characters that would have cluttered the films. Carla(Osvárt) Is a former intelligence operative. She vets and assists, from her office, using her computer( and yes those are in fact *pure magic* in this) and extensive contacts. Ultimately she rarely directly, physically interacts, with our lead and doesn't have a lot of Personality. Maybe that's why she Eventually( however not to late for this to remain fresh) becomes replaced by Caterina(Placido), Who does similar work Whilst Not remaining static. She doesn't call you or find out stuff through a monitor: She tracks you down and shows up at your job. and she leaves only when she has the result she came for. Dieter(Hübner) Is an expert mechanic who cleans and fixes the cars so that there's always at least one that's in excellent condition. after all, it's important to make a good impression. He's shy, eager to please Others, gives the vehicle names and considers them unique individuals. At one time, he needs to be convinced not to show up to his sister's wedding wearing snakeskin pants. He also serves as info dumps, and is otherwise Comic Relief.
Taking over once he left is Julian, or "Jules". He is despised by many reviewers, even blamed for this being cancelled. Although I understand why, I don't agree . yes, his chatty, anxious, nerdy self easily could become obnoxious to where you give up on this. Which is why I am so impressed that they managed to give us just ( little) enough that that never happened for me. like Cat, he has, and develops, personal relationships with supporting players. He's not only there for us to laugh at, to add quirk. his main tool is his laptop. he can accomplish miracles on that thing. also, he has access to a few James Bond style gadgets. a tracking device, eyeglasses that contain tiny cameras, etc. He's a typical hacker, for this sort of thing. You ( well, I) end up wondering how they ever got along without one. Tarconi(Berléand) Is a French Cop Who Is willing to look the other way. Juliette(Chanéac), Is a mysterious young woman who appears to be looking into our protagonist.
The two seasons are different in important ways. I think the change was necessary to prevent this from growing stale. if they make a third one, they should change it again. S1 is very focused on action, which is bigger and more Frequent, and keeping things moving fast. S2 Goes for tension and making you care about the human beings involved. several times I found myself wishing for spin-offs of this that focused on One or two members of the cast of a single story of this. There are organised rescues, playing detective end even a heist. some (not me) say it moved too far away from the core appeal. I see why. "He's an ex Navy SEAL here. just helping those in need. that wasn't who he was Up to now". he definitely does do things that you wouldn't see him do before. I find that it's credible. he's not quite the same person. I've heard that the budget was cut, which would explain a lot. Sometimes good things come from limitations. I'd say that's the case here.
As you'd expect, there is a lot of precision Driving( not always chases, and sometimes involving trucks), martial arts and disarming over the course of this. This often presents gender in a very stable typical way. men are masculine and either help or hurt girls, they know "guy stuff", they're tough. women are feminine and either manipulative or in need of being saved, whether they know it or not. Of course, some will manage to be so " Manly" that they're "almost as good" as them. this does occasionally Mock the LGBTQ community. HBO and Skin-e-max were involved originally, Which may be why there is as much cheesecake as there is in this. While It's often gratuitous, there are times where they didn't try to fit it in when it wouldn't make sense. "The girl" ( a new one each time) will be beautiful, and maybe one of the sexualized ones. This doesn't feel the need to make everyone a model, nor are the ones who aren't " unpleasant".
I recommend this to fans of the franchise. 8/10