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Shadow Lines: S02 - 2021 - 7/10
AKA - Nyrkki: S02

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Season 02 picks up soon following events of S01.
Team Fist remains, and early on, a lethal adversary is eliminated.
Not so much a different series, but the tone is changed.
The “look” (fashions, sets, music) is diminished, and the narrative delves deeper into espionage.
1950’s Finland is still trying keep out of the Russian bear’s paw.
(At one point, Khrushchev even invites them to become a satellite.)
Much of the narrative circles into the Night Frost era, although this is highly dramatized.
Terrific series.  I suspect this concludes it.


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Emma - 2016 - 6/10

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What was this?  A busted pilot?
Well done, two-part French cop show.
Veteran officer Vitulo is assigned a new partner, Emma, with the runway model looks.
Knowledgeable, quick, yet utterly ignorant in many aspects.
Why?  Because she is a test.  A prototype android officer.
This concept has been done too many times to reference.
Emma, however is surprisingly, endearingly funny.
Completely clueless about the nuances of law and order.
“Stop!  There is a lawbreaker, jaywalking.”  Or  “Doctor cannot disclose patient information, even dead ones.  Criminal.”
Writing is deft and ingenious.  Too bad there were only two episodes, or perhaps that is for the best.


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How To Survive The End Of The World - 2013 - 6/10
AKA - Evacuate Earth

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Multi-episode documentary mixes science with speculation.
What if …  the planet were struck with a global pandemic (this was 2013).
Or flood waters covered the earth, or the orbit shifted, moving us away from the sun.
Or weather turns wilder, deadlier.
Experts describe scenarios and possible solutions.
The add-on episode, encounter with a neutron star, lives up to the alternate “Evacuate Earth” title.
It was also wise enough to know who, in any rescue attempt, will push themselves to the front of the line.
The wealthy, who may lack necessary skill-sets.  And politicians, who excel at provoking conflict.
Curiously, what is not delineated is irreversible, runaway global warming.  Oh, the irony.

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Theatreland - 2009 - 7/10

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Behind the scenes series examines upcoming performances at Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Even before opening, the first play is sold out,  “Waiting For Godot” with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
Backstage means observing the grips, ushers, managers, designers.
From repairs to excited brushes with the famous.
Alert!  The complete “Waiting For Godot” is NOT included.
Overlong by two episodes, the final episodes show the hectic mounting of the next production, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.”
One gets the sense the latter has a rocky future.


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Deadly Tropics - 2019 - 6/10
AKA - Tropiques Criminels

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After a career disgrace, Sainte-Rose and her two teenage children relocate to Martinique.
She is the new police commander, assigned the usual TV stereotyped colleagues.
Crime series, the stories are one-offs, so no soap opera arc to follow.
Murders aplenty, though the settings are postcard beautiful.
Series could be an advertisement from the tourist board, especially for viewers freezing in January.
Clean sidewalks, sunny waters, lush, green leaves.
What really caught my eye is how THIN everyone is.
There is a S02.


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On 8/3/2022 at 7:14 AM, Vultural said:

Deadly Tropics - 2019 - 6/10
AKA - Tropiques Criminels

So a bit like Death in Paradise, but thinner.

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