Arvingerne/ The Legacy-Series One- Review PART FOUR. Some Minor spoilers. Some notes and dialogue with Final Review at the end. In Danish with English subtitles. Was on in the UK on Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD

Arvingerne/ The Legacy  Final Review PART FOUR

Some notes and dialogue from some episodes. (up to episode nine)
On first watching.

The cartoon head appears.  In a sad scene.  It is sitting on the bed.  Told you it was sinister.

The acting in Arvingerne/ The Legacy is truly spectacular.

And Frederik walks though the enchanted forest..

Episode Nine
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

“Tidligere/ previously”

Art Investment man to Gro:
“Perhaps you just aren’t anyone without your Mother..”

So have they just started singing at the beginning of Arvingernes?  Because I have never noticed it.

Oh dear.  Frederick’s visitor is following him.

Frederik really is an amazingly acted character.  It is unusual in a drama to focus on a father as a character.

Gro is a brilliantly ballsy character.  She has great trouser suits and really can play hard ball when she needs to.

Likewise the story and character of John is rounded and multifaceted.

Emile to Camille:
” Camille, when I come back, we will start over..”
(he ain’t coming back)

Oh yes.  And the cartoon head mascot makes an appearance in happier times too.

So the Hemp farmer guy is pretty cool.

I am confused about the artworks belonging to Vernøika Grønnegard.  It must be that she left them to the siblings and not Signe.  Otherwise, as I keep worrying, they are actually stealing them from under Signe’s nose.

It’s finally obviously what is troubling Frederik and for quite a while now.

Emile sounds funny talking English.  I like how he lapsed into an Irish accent briefly when talking with an Irishman.

***

Final Review.

So I really enjoyed Arvingerne/ The Legacy.  As mentioned in the notes there was some brilliant acting in Arvingerne.

Considering that the scenes and props were few: everything in the drama rested on the acting.

One could say the story, right at the beginning, of Verønika’s death had already been told.  Again, like the opening scene of a play.

Arvingernes was really a play set on screen.  With further acts unfolding after the main scene setting of the opening if you like.

This ending of the series did not seem like an ending.  More like a break.  In between scenes.

The Legacy at the beginning is now defined differently.  Since the giving of that legacy in its different forms to each of Verønika’s children has become their own personal legacy.

That new individual legacy is something new and different entirely.

What did I say about Verønika’s art forever changing perpetually.  She involved her children in a real-life happening.  As a sort of art.

So I have high hopes for the hemp farmer. Since he appeared, smiling loquaciously at Signe.  His purple cardigan just a little unzipped at the neck.

The Legacy made us wait, suspensefully, whilst the hemp farmer considered Signe’s fields.  The suspense being of a romantic kind for me.  To see whether the handsome smiling Hemp farmer with his pointy little beard would like Signe’s ideas.  And possibly like her too.  He is The One. Obviously.

***

Footnotes.

Arvingerne/ The Legacy is one of those rare and near perfect creations that seem resistant to a final review.  Like the final series of Wallander with Henrik  Kristersson and the Australian series, The Code.  To write more seems superfluous.

This must be because the drama is sufficient unto itself.  In fact it speaks for itself.

I could annoyingly and smugly point out that Frederik did indeed harbour a dark and dreadful secret. However such meanderings just feel extraneous.

I am secretly wondering whether Signe, having already taken to wearing gardening and or conceptual artist style boiler suits: might well take to trying her own hand at art. Now that would be cool.

Down in that wonderfully roomy basement workshop.  Now that certain financial pressures have come into play..

She is after all, a Grønnegard.

***

I really like:
tidligere as the Danish word for previously.

***

Arvingerne/ The Legacy-Series One- Review PART FOUR. Some Minor spoilers. Some notes and dialogue with Final Review at the end. In Danish with English subtitles. Was on in the UK on Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD

Arvingerne/ The Legacy  Final Review PART FOUR

Some notes and dialogue from some episodes. (up to episode nine)
On first watching.

The cartoon head appears.  In a sad scene.  It is sitting on the bed.  Told you it was sinister.

The acting in Arvingerne/ The Legacy is truly spectacular.

And Frederik walks though the enchanted forest..

Episode Nine
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

“Tidligere/ previously”

Art Investment man to Gro:
“Perhaps you just aren’t anyone without your Mother..”

So have they just started singing at the beginning of Arvingernes?  Because I have never noticed it.

Oh dear.  Frederick’s visitor is following him.

Frederik really is an amazingly acted character.  It is unusual in a drama to focus on a father as a character.

Gro is a brilliantly ballsy character.  She has great trouser suits and really can play hard ball when she needs to.

Likewise the story and character of John is rounded and multifaceted.

Emile to Camille:
” Camille, when I come back, we will start over..”
(he ain’t coming back)

Oh yes.  And the cartoon head mascot makes an appearance in happier times too.

So the Hemp farmer guy is pretty cool.

I am confused about the artworks belonging to Vernøika Grønnegard.  It must be that she left them to the siblings and not Signe.  Otherwise, as I keep worrying, they are actually stealing them from under Signe’s nose.

It’s finally obviously what is troubling Frederik and for quite a while now.

Emile sounds funny talking English.  I like how he lapsed into an Irish accent briefly when talking with an Irishman.

***

Final Review.

So I really enjoyed Arvingerne/ The Legacy.  As mentioned in the notes there was some brilliant acting in Arvingerne.

Considering that the scenes and props were few: everything in the drama rested on the acting.

One could say the story, right at the beginning, of Verønika’s death had already been told.  Again, like the opening scene of a play.

Arvingernes was really a play set on screen.  With further acts unfolding after the main scene setting of the opening if you like.

This ending of the series did not seem like an ending.  More like a break.  In between scenes.

The Legacy at the beginning is now defined differently.  Since the giving of that legacy in its different forms to each of Verønika’s children has become their own personal legacy.

That new individual legacy is something new and different entirely.

What did I say about Verønika’s art forever changing perpetually.  She involved her children in a real-life happening.  As a sort of art.

So I have high hopes for the hemp farmer. Since he appeared, smiling loquaciously at Signe.  His purple cardigan just a little unzipped at the neck.

The Legacy made us wait, suspensefully, whilst the hemp farmer considered Signe’s fields.  The suspense being of a romantic kind for me.  To see whether the handsome smiling Hemp farmer with his pointy little beard would like Signe’s ideas.  And possibly like her too.  He is The One. Obviously.

***

Footnotes.

Arvingerne/ The Legacy is one of those rare and near perfect creations that seem resistant to a final review.  Like the final series of Wallander with Henrik  Kristersson and the Australian series, The Code.  To write more seems superfluous.

This must be because the drama is sufficient unto itself.  In fact it speaks for itself.

I could annoyingly and smugly point out that Frederik did indeed harbour a dark and dreadful secret. However such meanderings just feel extraneous.

I am secretly wondering whether Signe, having already taken to wearing gardening and or conceptual artist style boiler suits: might well take to trying her own hand at art. Now that would be cool.

Down in that wonderfully roomy basement workshop.  Now that certain financial pressures have come into play..

She is after all, a Grønnegard.

***

I really like:
tidligere as the Danish word for previously.

***

Note to my readers of some new and returning series in the UK

So the televisual desert doth ended.  Mostly.

30° in February/ 30° i Februari Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD
 The new series 30° in February/ 30 grader i Februari
 This Swedish series first aired in the UK  Friday 13th February 2015)
(See review. posted 18th February 2015)

The Walking Dead Series Five Mondays @ 9pm on FOX Channel
The Walking Dead series five returned after its mid season Christmas break.  Two weeks in now.

***
Extanct.  Tuesdays @ 9pm on Syfy Channel.  Also on Amazon Prime.
I also discovered that Extanct was on in the UK on Syfy channel.
 (see review posted 18th February 2015)

***
Hostages/ Bei Aruba  BBC 4 in Hebrew with English subtitles.  Saturdays @ 9pm.
Starts Saturday 21st February 2015 on BBC 4 in the UK: two episodes back to back @ 9 pm and 9:40pm

.Plus I can report that the long ago previewed on here under posting of:
 “New European Dramas” (22nd February 2014) the series Hostages is finally here!  Hurray.

TV Preview:
“When brilliant surgeon Yael is selected to perform a routine operation on the Israeli Prime Minister it puts her whole family in danger”

Hostages, as explained previously is the original Israeli series upon which the American Series, um, Hostages was based.  I wrote about the American series here.  I thought it turned out really rather good in the end.

Nb.  I seriously rated the Israeli original series Prisoners of War/ Hatifum upon which Homeland was based.  Series One and Two written about here.

***
Gotham Series Two-“coming soon” Channel Five
Then, I have seen a trailer for the inimitable and original series Gotham, Series two. Wonderful. No date yet.  (reviews on this Blog)

***
I ditched on Broadchurch and the other one?..

***
10,000 BC.  Channel Five. Monday and Tuesday nights consecutively @ 10pm.
Then I have been watching 10,000 BC.
Opening Credits:
In October 2014 we sent twenty volunteers to a hunting reserve in Bulgaria to take part in a social experiment: Can 21st Century people live like cavemen?”
“Not everyone made it..”
“What…”
“Happened out there?”!

Don’t worry-nobody died. They just made it all Blair Witch Project spooky in the opening credits to get our attention. People get:
 a) very very hungry indeed and
 b) droop off dejectedly either starving or in an enormous huff.  Although:
 c) one person’s health suffers..
Then it snows.  A lot.

I am enjoying this reality programme for the psychological interest whilst learning about the Mesolithic period from the interesting and unusual hands-on:
 “Stone Age Archaeologist”  Klint, who looks at his happiest with his handy hunting knife by his side whilst instructing the poor unfortunates/ volunteers on how best to kill and survive on a social basis.

Most uncomfortable and shocking scene so far is watching just how (very) long it takes for any member of the tribe to come to the aid of one of their members “of the tribe” who is clearly ill..

&
(the) Digging For Britain Series Three on BBC 4 Tuesdays @8pm & Thursdays @ 11pm.
with Professor Alice Roberts. A set of three episodes entitled: East, West and North.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b052vcbd/digging-for-britain-series-3-3-north

Nb. It looks like this series has ended now-to be followed in this time slot by:Digging For Ireland.


Brilliant stuff.  See Mesolithic artefacts from an:
” 11,000 year old site at the end of the ice age”
& other archaeological sites with new findings: Mesolithic knuckle-dusters for example.

This is one of the few archaeology documentaries which does not indulge in clearly wild supposition and extrapolation over and above the actual findings.  Sadly missing however is the 3-D enjoyable computer images of the original stone dwellings that we have become used to in other documentaries.

Then I discovered quite by chance: Celebrity Apprentice USA BBC One Sunday nights at approximately 11:30 pm.

This year the series includes Dionne Warwick, La Toya Jackson, Meatloaf and other American celebrities. Plus the irrepressible and wise cracking Donald Trump of course.  You get to hear the O Jays singing:
“Money, money, money”…
in the opening credits as Donald flies in on his helicopter and stylishly yet unobtrusively, disembarks. Impeccably coiffured as always.  Well I think that is what happens, I may have made it all up for dramatic impact.

Rather unforgivably for me, the celebrities pass up the chance for Dionne Warwick to actually sing. Oh and people stand up and applaud Donald Trump when he comes into an auditorium.  Most odd.

***
Ross Kemp-Extreme World. Series 4. SKY 1 & Sky 1 HD Thursdays @ 9pm 
Also catching up with Ross Kemp’s new series of Extreme World. So far I have seen Ross Kemp Extreme world on: Ukraine, Honduras and South Africa.  Plus watched his Ross Kemp on Gangs series.

Netflix
I watched the films False Trail, Pusher and ID:A.  ID:A had the actor who plays Frederik in Arvingerne/ The Legacy in it.  It was a bit daft but good fun.  The best sort of films really.

Resjeholdt.
Is my emergency TV DVD.  Like a fire alarm that you have to break open. There were my wrapped DVD’s of series two and four.
(see Review of the Danish series Resjeholdt series One and Three on DVD on this Blog)

Oh yes at at some point in the year will be the return of the Swedish series The Bridge, Series Three..
Sadly, with one main character missing.

***

Tyrant-Series One FOX Channel starts on Monday February 23rd 2015 @ 10pm in the UK.

See Link:
http://www.foxtv.co.uk/tyrant

I completely forgot to note on here that the American series Tyrant-Series One is being shown again on FOX Channel / or channel number 157 on Virgin Media TV.

I was briefly excited thinking this was a trailer for series Two.  However nope.  But often times the showing of a previous series means there will be another.  I am not sure. Nobody else seemed to like Tyrant or write about it much that I could see.  So dunno if Tyrant has been recommissioned for  a second series.

Me, albeit Tyrant being admittedly a bit daft, overblown and stereotypical with some of its characters in part: I really liked and enjoyed Tyrant.  I didn’t take it entirely seriously.  As I am sure it was meant to be.  Yet it was great fun to watch and to write about and it is certainly fresh and different and exciting at times.

There are some truly stunning performances in Tyrant: most noticeably Barry/ Bashad’s brother: Jamal Al-Fayeed with a deeply impressive performance as a charming and likeable but dangerous psychopath and my favourite character, (scene stealing) Shaykh Rashid.

Not forgetting the seriously stern and steely Amira as Bashad Al Fayeed’s mother and an impressive turn by Yusuf.
(Jamal from the Israeli series Prisoners of War)

Then there is Jamal’s wife: Leila Al-Fayeed and Tucker, the man from the  American Embassy, in his impeccable pale blue suits.  Of course there are plots, counter-plots, subversion, revolt and strife. It might be easier for you to see for yourself..

I wrote about every episode of Tyrant here on this Blog.

**
Footnote to notes on Tyrant.


Tyrant Series Two
Nb.  Latest news on Tyrant-well according to my research sourced 22nd February 2015-it seems that there will indeed be Tyrant Series 2-Yey!

Tyrant Series Two will be premièring on FOX in America this summer.  Plus it seems I am not the only one who likes Tyrant-apparently quite a few people do.  But mainly not critics.

***

Note to my readers of some new and returning series in the UK

So the televisual desert doth ended.  Mostly.

30° in February/ 30° i Februari Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD
 The new series 30° in February/ 30 grader i Februari
 This Swedish series first aired in the UK  Friday 13th February 2015)
(See review. posted 18th February 2015)

The Walking Dead Series Five Mondays @ 9pm on FOX Channel
The Walking Dead series five returned after its mid season Christmas break.  Two weeks in now.

***
Extanct.  Tuesdays @ 9pm on Syfy Channel.  Also on Amazon Prime.
I also discovered that Extanct was on in the UK on Syfy channel.
 (see review posted 18th February 2015)

***
Hostages/ Bei Aruba  BBC 4 in Hebrew with English subtitles.  Saturdays @ 9pm.
Starts Saturday 21st February 2015 on BBC 4 in the UK: two episodes back to back @ 9 pm and 9:40pm

.Plus I can report that the long ago previewed on here under posting of:
 “New European Dramas” (22nd February 2014) the series Hostages is finally here!  Hurray.

TV Preview:
“When brilliant surgeon Yael is selected to perform a routine operation on the Israeli Prime Minister it puts her whole family in danger”

Hostages, as explained previously is the original Israeli series upon which the American Series, um, Hostages was based.  I wrote about the American series here.  I thought it turned out really rather good in the end.

Nb.  I seriously rated the Israeli original series Prisoners of War/ Hatifum upon which Homeland was based.  Series One and Two written about here.

***
Gotham Series Two-“coming soon” Channel Five
Then, I have seen a trailer for the inimitable and original series Gotham, Series two. Wonderful. No date yet.  (reviews on this Blog)

***
I ditched on Broadchurch and the other one?..

***
10,000 BC.  Channel Five. Monday and Tuesday nights consecutively @ 10pm.
Then I have been watching 10,000 BC.
Opening Credits:
In October 2014 we sent twenty volunteers to a hunting reserve in Bulgaria to take part in a social experiment: Can 21st Century people live like cavemen?”
“Not everyone made it..”
“What…”
“Happened out there?”!

Don’t worry-nobody died. They just made it all Blair Witch Project spooky in the opening credits to get our attention. People get:
 a) very very hungry indeed and
 b) droop off dejectedly either starving or in an enormous huff.  Although:
 c) one person’s health suffers..
Then it snows.  A lot.

I am enjoying this reality programme for the psychological interest whilst learning about the Mesolithic period from the interesting and unusual hands-on:
 “Stone Age Archaeologist”  Klint, who looks at his happiest with his handy hunting knife by his side whilst instructing the poor unfortunates/ volunteers on how best to kill and survive on a social basis.

Most uncomfortable and shocking scene so far is watching just how (very) long it takes for any member of the tribe to come to the aid of one of their members “of the tribe” who is clearly ill..

&
(the) Digging For Britain Series Three on BBC 4 Tuesdays @8pm & Thursdays @ 11pm.
with Professor Alice Roberts. A set of three episodes entitled: East, West and North.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b052vcbd/digging-for-britain-series-3-3-north

Nb. It looks like this series has ended now-to be followed in this time slot by:Digging For Ireland.

Brilliant stuff.  See Mesolithic artefacts from an:
” 11,000 year old site at the end of the ice age”
& other archaeological sites with new findings: Mesolithic knuckle-dusters for example.

This is one of the few archaeology documentaries which does not indulge in clearly wild supposition and extrapolation over and above the actual findings.  Sadly missing however is the 3-D enjoyable computer images of the original stone dwellings that we have become used to in other documentaries.

Then I discovered quite by chance: Celebrity Apprentice USA BBC One Sunday nights at approximately 11:30 pm.

This year the series includes Dionne Warwick, La Toya Jackson, Meatloaf and other American celebrities. Plus the irrepressible and wise cracking Donald Trump of course.  You get to hear the O Jays singing:
“Money, money, money”…
in the opening credits as Donald flies in on his helicopter and stylishly yet unobtrusively, disembarks. Impeccably coiffured as always.  Well I think that is what happens, I may have made it all up for dramatic impact.

Rather unforgivably for me, the celebrities pass up the chance for Dionne Warwick to actually sing. Oh and people stand up and applaud Donald Trump when he comes into an auditorium.  Most odd.

***
Ross Kemp-Extreme World. Series 4. SKY 1 & Sky 1 HD Thursdays @ 9pm 
Also catching up with Ross Kemp’s new series of Extreme World. So far I have seen Ross Kemp Extreme world on: Ukraine, Honduras and South Africa.  Plus watched his Ross Kemp on Gangs series.

Netflix
I watched the films False Trail, Pusher and ID:A.  ID:A had the actor who plays Frederik in Arvingerne/ The Legacy in it.  It was a bit daft but good fun.  The best sort of films really.

Resjeholdt.
Is my emergency TV DVD.  Like a fire alarm that you have to break open. There were my wrapped DVD’s of series two and four.
(see Review of the Danish series Resjeholdt series One and Three on DVD on this Blog)

Oh yes at at some point in the year will be the return of the Swedish series The Bridge, Series Three..
Sadly, with one main character missing.

***

Tyrant-Series One FOX Channel starts on Monday February 23rd 2015 @ 10pm in the UK.

See Link:
http://www.foxtv.co.uk/tyrant

I completely forgot to note on here that the American series Tyrant-Series One is being shown again on FOX Channel / or channel number 157 on Virgin Media TV.

I was briefly excited thinking this was a trailer for series Two.  However nope.  But often times the showing of a previous series means there will be another.  I am not sure. Nobody else seemed to like Tyrant or write about it much that I could see.  So dunno if Tyrant has been recommissioned for  a second series.

Me, albeit Tyrant being admittedly a bit daft, overblown and stereotypical with some of its characters in part: I really liked and enjoyed Tyrant.  I didn’t take it entirely seriously.  As I am sure it was meant to be.  Yet it was great fun to watch and to write about and it is certainly fresh and different and exciting at times.

There are some truly stunning performances in Tyrant: most noticeably Barry/ Bashad’s brother: Jamal Al-Fayeed with a deeply impressive performance as a charming and likeable but dangerous psychopath and my favourite character, (scene stealing) Shaykh Rashid.

Not forgetting the seriously stern and steely Amira as Bashad Al Fayeed’s mother and an impressive turn by Yusuf.
(Jamal from the Israeli series Prisoners of War)

Then there is Jamal’s wife: Leila Al-Fayeed and Tucker, the man from the  American Embassy, in his impeccable pale blue suits.  Of course there are plots, counter-plots, subversion, revolt and strife. It might be easier for you to see for yourself..

I wrote about every episode of Tyrant here on this Blog.

**
Footnote to notes on Tyrant.

Tyrant Series Two
Nb.  Latest news on Tyrant-well according to my research sourced 22nd February 2015-it seems that there will indeed be Tyrant Series 2-Yey!

Tyrant Series Two will be premièring on FOX in America this summer.  Plus it seems I am not the only one who likes Tyrant-apparently quite a few people do.  But mainly not critics.

***

Spiral Series Five Review PART TWO. Minor spoilers. Last few episodes: nine ten eleven and twelve-some notes and dialogue with review at the end. Was on in the UK on BBC4.

Spiral/ Engrenages Series Five
 Final Review

Nb. Please note:
When writing about Captain Laure’ Berthauld, Head of Homicide Investigations (13th Arondissement/ area of Paris)
I refer to her sometimes as Laure’ and other times as Berthauld.
(Captain Laure’ Berthauld is alternatively called Berthuauld or Laure’ by the other characters)

Likewise I  refer to the examining Judge (Judge Roban) sometimes as Roban and other times as:
 “Le Juge”.
(this latter term for Judge Roban is how the other characters in Spiral usually refer to him)


Spiral Episode Nine

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Jean Luc swiftly hides the scissors on his desk when Jaulin comes in.

So I like the shot inside the underground car park as if the unknown person is driving or walking.

Lovely shot in the fileds. shadowy blue light.

I am getting the feeling that Tin Tin is a liability..
Something might go horribly wrong.

Laure’:
“Stay with me you little bugger…”
“You scared me!”…

***
Episode Ten

Some notes.

And Herville surprises.  Go Herville!

The Etoile Estate.
(faint shouts and voices echo)

Oh no.  Another calamity.  Indirectly caused by Captain Laure’ Bertahuld and her crew.

***

Final Two episodes Eleven and Twelve.

Episode Eleven.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

(water trickles)
(approaching footsteps)

Kimberley is the name of one of the girls.(Kimberley and Letitia were the only characters I really engaged with or was interested in.  Well apart from Bertahuld and her crew and Josephine)

Herville and Laure Berthauld.
Laure’ actually invites him to her crew’s party.

Herville has grown on me.

Carole Mendy is the Judge.  She has really done Judge Roban the power of good.

Ziani:
To Josephine:
“Why can’t someone else go to prison?”
Edelman:
“Because France doesn’t work that way!”

Things are moving too fast now in spiral for me to record any dialogue.  Hurray.

All the threads of different story-lines are starting to come together.  Well most of them.

And in an incredible cafe” with a beautiful painting on the wall that looks like Renoir, Le Juge meets with Marianne.
Judge Roban:
“Marianne, I am nothing without you”
“I lose touch with reality!”
Ahh!  is it a date?!

Uhoh.  so  one storyline does now intersect.
Ziani to Dijbril:
“They want Porches in Libya, Mercedes remind them of Gaddafi”…

And Herville gets drunk.
Wisely, the guys say to Berthauld, its OK, leave him to me.  Since I am still minorly worrying about Laure’ whenever she goes up stairs.

Gilou and Laure’ have a heart to heart.
Oh.  Blimey.  Laure’ nearly got run over then.  I bet you the drama is doing this on purpose.

Josephine and the women director of the Company of Lawyers.  The director has an incredible grey silver stylish bob and is beautiful.
Director to Josephine:
“That is blackmail Josephine…”

Nb. Letitia is the hairdresser girl.

Le Juge Roban and Judge Carol Mendy.
I thought they might have to check outside the door then.  But everything seemed to work.  But what the hell is going on.

Has Josephine been double crossed?

Ziani to Jospehine:”I trust you..”

So the past (or not so past) is finally catching up with my favourite character, Letitia.  The hairdresser.

So at one point a character is translated as saying:
“You can keep this!”
When she actually says:
“cadeau/ present”

Now Berthauld and her crew are doing what they do best, following suspects.

Oh no.  Things are getting harsher by the moment.
Kimberley:
“I keep having nightmares about it”..

So the drama just took a turn into a whole road or load of seriousness.

Prosecutor Machard to Judge Roban:
“That’s quite a face Roban…”

Judge Mendy to  Judge Roban:
“Stop saying I!”
“We played and we lost, together!”

I am liking the ghostly glockenspiel music.  It could be the sound of the cogs, gently whirring.

Berthauld picks up a doll:
Doll giggles.
Doll:
“bye bye”
“Daddy”
“bye bye”…

Oh no.  Please don’t let anything happen to Berthauld.

***

Episode Twelve-final episode.

some notes and dialogue on first watching.

(tyres screech)

Roban:
“Marianne?!”
Birds almost sing in the air above his head, like in a Walt Disney animation.  Marianne is in love with or maybe simply loves Le Juge-I’m not sure.  I think she is in love with him.  since she lights up and glows when he is around.

And we get to the lovely and righteous District Attorney Belmont.  Who it’s taken until the twelfth episode for us to see him properly.  Except for one previous meeting with Laure’.

le Juge and Judge Mendy.
Judge Mendy:
“leave Ziani alone from now on..”
Odd.

And is Josephine falling back into a Szabo situation with Ziani?

Josephine gets an amazing offer.  But it comes with an offer she can’t refuse.
Nb. Edelman is the name of the lawyer who likes Josephine.

Gilou to Laure’:
“I thought that you and I had a future together but you didn’t”
But Laure’ says nothing.  she is too stubborn.  But she has ruffled her hair and is grinning and crying but not crying.  At the same time.

Oh no.  The Spiral sounds have come back.  I hope  this will not be a Spiral calamity.

Oo errr, this is nerve wracking.  This might well be a quick time baseball  hat moment.  The Walking Dead territory where it’s handy to have a peak to obscure your vision if needed.

The Judge Roban is getting shouty again.

Oh no.  This may be that moment.

But there is a good moment too.

Back to Belmont.
(note to self watch Extanct after this for light relief)

And Josephine comes to a board meeting.
What will Josephine do?  It is a Hobson’s choice.

Dijbril is talking like the Police now.
Dijbril:
“Without my face behind the wheel you’ve got nothing”!

It would all have gone smoothly except…

What did I predict about the sad story that was bound to happen.  With a beautiful girl, Cindy, Gilou and Dijbril.

Le Juge Roban to Laure’ Berthauld:
“You and I have always trusted each other”
“Anyone can betray me Laure’, but you“!

Sheeete.
I think I had better stop here.
I can’t look.
Uh oh.  Its’ a windy staircase.  Two men fall at the bottom.

I’m getting a bad feeling about Gilou turning his back…
Phew.

Now:
The final denouement.  Red/orange armbands on.  Much like the Swedish Police come to think of it.  Oh no.  I hope…Oh no.

Berthauld has taken off her stab vest.  That is not a good idea..
Surely.

Oh, what?
Monitors bleep.  Gilou is weeping.  Oh you’re joking.   It ends right there.

***

So Spiral five only really got off the ground running for me in episodes eleven and twelve.  Spiral really only came together in episodes nine and ten.  And showed some spark of life in episode six.  Or perhaps that is the wrong phrase in retrospect.

Yes, Spiral is called Engrenages, which means cogs apparently.  I forgot that this name probably signifies the style of the drama.  As in the many threads of story-lines turning, cog-like separately and alone.  Yet mysteriously other than for an engineer or a clock maker, working together.  Those cogs I mean.

I suppose I should accept this construction of the style of storytelling in spiral.  i do.  However I found for some time really that the individual story-lines were less than engaging.  To me anyway.

Spiral can certainly gather its pace and pack a punch.  As the drama did as it geared up towards the end with those cogs extra spinning. (don’t ask me-it’s a metaphor of sorts)

I could describe the watching of Spiral five as dualistic:  I could both buy into and believe it and be thrilled and horrified all at once.  Then at the same time I can wonder at the just too much reality.  Perhaps far too realistically portrayed.

Is there some odd and unknown physics reaction going on in a dramatic way which pierces somehow the subjective belief of the viewer.  In the drama.  Is there a point at which drama becomes documentary.  Semi-documentary if you like.  what happens then?

That is what I wonder about this series of spiral.  Did it at times become too real to believe in as a drama?  I am not sure.  sometimes I think Spiral did.  Much as I love Spiral.

Possibly Spiral has always dealt in horrific reality: of murders, of lives.  Certainly this has been the case.  Maybe the documentary feel is deliberate.  Meant to provide more edge.  However this was not the effect as experienced.  All the time.

 Perhaps this droop in the level of belief in the drama was only noticeable when things just seemed to drag.

So not all my possible predictions for Berthauld and Gilou came true.  Or did they?  Of course we are left wondering.  Another one of these endings that is half and half.  I guess if you’re an optimist you can think for the best.  A pessimist the opposite.  Or take a rough guess in between.

 After all the optimist is the one who when falling off a building waves
 (or i might have put that bit in) and says:
“It’s going really great so far!”

Spiral in essence did a Spiral on itself.  On its own character.  Surely this is cruel.  We (or I) saw or worried about this from a long way back.  For me anyway, that too realistic worry ruined it.   Distracted me perhaps from the rest of the action.  I just couldn’t metaphorically or dramatically speaking: relax.

There were times when Spiral Five was engaging.  There were excellent and interesting characters and performances.  The individual story lines were eventually engaging however suffered from a feeling of either too much of that storyline or too little.  Which gave the drama an unbalanced feel.

Of course we see a lot of Berthauld and her crew. That is expected.  I would have liked more of the stories of the girls for example.  I guess following the investigation of Berthauld and her crew in seemingly almost real time: would seem as painstaking and slow in real life.

Of course Spiral is Spiral and there is nothing quite like Spiral.  The drama  will always confound  and confuse expectation perhaps with the bitter alternate bleakness of its reality.  Like a flat-bread leavened with yeasty soap-opera writ large.  And shot through with human warmth.

So Spiral Spiral-ed itself.  There should be a rule.  It was so cruel.
Like April is the cruellest month.  Wrote T.S. Elliot.

***

Footnotes.

There is a moment in which the villain decides not to act.  On that day.  Yet we can see the decision made of the future course of action. We know what will happen.  All this happens in utter silence.   We are informed as viewers just by the expression of their face and a distinct feeling of unease.  A truly chilling scene.

 ***

Not quite sure how the optimist fell off the building.

Spiral Series Five Review PART TWO. Minor spoilers. Last few episodes: nine ten eleven and twelve-some notes and dialogue with review at the end. Was on in the UK on BBC4.

Spiral/ Engrenages Series Five
 Final Review

Nb. Please note:
When writing about Captain Laure’ Berthauld, Head of Homicide Investigations (13th Arondissement/ area of Paris)
I refer to her sometimes as Laure’ and other times as Berthauld.
(Captain Laure’ Berthauld is alternatively called Berthuauld or Laure’ by the other characters)

Likewise I  refer to the examining Judge (Judge Roban) sometimes as Roban and other times as:
 “Le Juge”.
(this latter term for Judge Roban is how the other characters in Spiral usually refer to him)



Spiral Episode Nine

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Jean Luc swiftly hides the scissors on his desk when Jaulin comes in.

So I like the shot inside the underground car park as if the unknown person is driving or walking.

Lovely shot in the fileds. shadowy blue light.

I am getting the feeling that Tin Tin is a liability..
Something might go horribly wrong.

Laure’:
“Stay with me you little bugger…”
“You scared me!”…

***
Episode Ten


Some notes.

And Herville surprises.  Go Herville!

The Etoile Estate.
(faint shouts and voices echo)

Oh no.  Another calamity.  Indirectly caused by Captain Laure’ Bertahuld and her crew.

***

Final Two episodes Eleven and Twelve.

Episode Eleven.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

(water trickles)
(approaching footsteps)

Kimberley is the name of one of the girls.(Kimberley and Letitia were the only characters I really engaged with or was interested in.  Well apart from Bertahuld and her crew and Josephine)

Herville and Laure Berthauld.
Laure’ actually invites him to her crew’s party.

Herville has grown on me.

Carole Mendy is the Judge.  She has really done Judge Roban the power of good.


Ziani:
To Josephine:
“Why can’t someone else go to prison?”
Edelman:
“Because France doesn’t work that way!”

Things are moving too fast now in spiral for me to record any dialogue.  Hurray.

All the threads of different story-lines are starting to come together.  Well most of them.

And in an incredible cafe” with a beautiful painting on the wall that looks like Renoir, Le Juge meets with Marianne.
Judge Roban:
“Marianne, I am nothing without you”
“I lose touch with reality!”
Ahh!  is it a date?!

Uhoh.  so  one storyline does now intersect.
Ziani to Dijbril:
“They want Porches in Libya, Mercedes remind them of Gaddafi”…

And Herville gets drunk.
Wisely, the guys say to Berthauld, its OK, leave him to me.  Since I am still minorly worrying about Laure’ whenever she goes up stairs.

Gilou and Laure’ have a heart to heart.
Oh.  Blimey.  Laure’ nearly got run over then.  I bet you the drama is doing this on purpose.

Josephine and the women director of the Company of Lawyers.  The director has an incredible grey silver stylish bob and is beautiful.
Director to Josephine:
“That is blackmail Josephine…”

Nb. Letitia is the hairdresser girl.

Le Juge Roban and Judge Carol Mendy.
I thought they might have to check outside the door then.  But everything seemed to work.  But what the hell is going on.

Has Josephine been double crossed?

Ziani to Jospehine:”I trust you..”

So the past (or not so past) is finally catching up with my favourite character, Letitia.  The hairdresser.

So at one point a character is translated as saying:
“You can keep this!”
When she actually says:
“cadeau/ present”

Now Berthauld and her crew are doing what they do best, following suspects.

Oh no.  Things are getting harsher by the moment.
Kimberley:
“I keep having nightmares about it”..

So the drama just took a turn into a whole road or load of seriousness.

Prosecutor Machard to Judge Roban:
“That’s quite a face Roban…”

Judge Mendy to  Judge Roban:
“Stop saying I!”
“We played and we lost, together!”

I am liking the ghostly glockenspiel music.  It could be the sound of the cogs, gently whirring.

Berthauld picks up a doll:
Doll giggles.
Doll:
“bye bye”
“Daddy”
“bye bye”…

Oh no.  Please don’t let anything happen to Berthauld.

***

Episode Twelve-final episode.

some notes and dialogue on first watching.

(tyres screech)

Roban:
“Marianne?!”
Birds almost sing in the air above his head, like in a Walt Disney animation.  Marianne is in love with or maybe simply loves Le Juge-I’m not sure.  I think she is in love with him.  since she lights up and glows when he is around.

And we get to the lovely and righteous District Attorney Belmont.  Who it’s taken until the twelfth episode for us to see him properly.  Except for one previous meeting with Laure’.

le Juge and Judge Mendy.
Judge Mendy:
“leave Ziani alone from now on..”
Odd.

And is Josephine falling back into a Szabo situation with Ziani?

Josephine gets an amazing offer.  But it comes with an offer she can’t refuse.
Nb. Edelman is the name of the lawyer who likes Josephine.

Gilou to Laure’:
“I thought that you and I had a future together but you didn’t”
But Laure’ says nothing.  she is too stubborn.  But she has ruffled her hair and is grinning and crying but not crying.  At the same time.

Oh no.  The Spiral sounds have come back.  I hope  this will not be a Spiral calamity.

Oo errr, this is nerve wracking.  This might well be a quick time baseball  hat moment.  The Walking Dead territory where it’s handy to have a peak to obscure your vision if needed.

The Judge Roban is getting shouty again.

Oh no.  This may be that moment.

But there is a good moment too.

Back to Belmont.
(note to self watch Extanct after this for light relief)

And Josephine comes to a board meeting.
What will Josephine do?  It is a Hobson’s choice.

Dijbril is talking like the Police now.
Dijbril:
“Without my face behind the wheel you’ve got nothing”!

It would all have gone smoothly except…

What did I predict about the sad story that was bound to happen.  With a beautiful girl, Cindy, Gilou and Dijbril.

Le Juge Roban to Laure’ Berthauld:
“You and I have always trusted each other”
“Anyone can betray me Laure’, but you“!

Sheeete.
I think I had better stop here.
I can’t look.
Uh oh.  Its’ a windy staircase.  Two men fall at the bottom.

I’m getting a bad feeling about Gilou turning his back…
Phew.

Now:
The final denouement.  Red/orange armbands on.  Much like the Swedish Police come to think of it.  Oh no.  I hope…Oh no.

Berthauld has taken off her stab vest.  That is not a good idea..
Surely.

Oh, what?
Monitors bleep.  Gilou is weeping.  Oh you’re joking.   It ends right there.

***

So Spiral five only really got off the ground running for me in episodes eleven and twelve.  Spiral really only came together in episodes nine and ten.  And showed some spark of life in episode six.  Or perhaps that is the wrong phrase in retrospect.

Yes, Spiral is called Engrenages, which means cogs apparently.  I forgot that this name probably signifies the style of the drama.  As in the many threads of story-lines turning, cog-like separately and alone.  Yet mysteriously other than for an engineer or a clock maker, working together.  Those cogs I mean.

I suppose I should accept this construction of the style of storytelling in spiral.  i do.  However I found for some time really that the individual story-lines were less than engaging.  To me anyway.

Spiral can certainly gather its pace and pack a punch.  As the drama did as it geared up towards the end with those cogs extra spinning. (don’t ask me-it’s a metaphor of sorts)

I could describe the watching of Spiral five as dualistic:  I could both buy into and believe it and be thrilled and horrified all at once.  Then at the same time I can wonder at the just too much reality.  Perhaps far too realistically portrayed.

Is there some odd and unknown physics reaction going on in a dramatic way which pierces somehow the subjective belief of the viewer.  In the drama.  Is there a point at which drama becomes documentary.  Semi-documentary if you like.  what happens then?

That is what I wonder about this series of spiral.  Did it at times become too real to believe in as a drama?  I am not sure.  sometimes I think Spiral did.  Much as I love Spiral.

Possibly Spiral has always dealt in horrific reality: of murders, of lives.  Certainly this has been the case.  Maybe the documentary feel is deliberate.  Meant to provide more edge.  However this was not the effect as experienced.  All the time.

 Perhaps this droop in the level of belief in the drama was only noticeable when things just seemed to drag.

So not all my possible predictions for Berthauld and Gilou came true.  Or did they?  Of course we are left wondering.  Another one of these endings that is half and half.  I guess if you’re an optimist you can think for the best.  A pessimist the opposite.  Or take a rough guess in between.

 After all the optimist is the one who when falling off a building waves
 (or i might have put that bit in) and says:
“It’s going really great so far!”

Spiral in essence did a Spiral on itself.  On its own character.  Surely this is cruel.  We (or I) saw or worried about this from a long way back.  For me anyway, that too realistic worry ruined it.   Distracted me perhaps from the rest of the action.  I just couldn’t metaphorically or dramatically speaking: relax.

There were times when Spiral Five was engaging.  There were excellent and interesting characters and performances.  The individual story lines were eventually engaging however suffered from a feeling of either too much of that storyline or too little.  Which gave the drama an unbalanced feel.

Of course we see a lot of Berthauld and her crew. That is expected.  I would have liked more of the stories of the girls for example.  I guess following the investigation of Berthauld and her crew in seemingly almost real time: would seem as painstaking and slow in real life.

Of course Spiral is Spiral and there is nothing quite like Spiral.  The drama  will always confound  and confuse expectation perhaps with the bitter alternate bleakness of its reality.  Like a flat-bread leavened with yeasty soap-opera writ large.  And shot through with human warmth.

So Spiral Spiral-ed itself.  There should be a rule.  It was so cruel.
Like April is the cruellest month.  Wrote T.S. Elliot.

***

Footnotes.

There is a moment in which the villain decides not to act.  On that day.  Yet we can see the decision made of the future course of action. We know what will happen.  All this happens in utter silence.   We are informed as viewers just by the expression of their face and a distinct feeling of unease.  A truly chilling scene.

 ***

Not quite sure how the optimist fell off the building.