The Missing. Series Two. An English crime drama. Some notes and dialogue on episodes: One, two, three and four with a First Review at the end. Minor Spoilers Only. On in the UK on BBC One on Wednesdays at 9pm.

Thursday, 10 november 2016


The Missing.
Series Two.

Episode One.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Church bell tolls.
Eckhausen, Germany.

(whistle blows)

So we see the young girl in a schoolyard bunk off before she goes missing.

It’s the dam! from Les Revenants.

Oh no: there’s no escape from the Detective from the (BBC One) series One Of Us.

So confusingly the name Sophie Giroux is mentioned by the missing girl and not her own. In spite of this lack of identification, the young girl is identified and reunited with her parents. She is called Alice.

However, hurray here is Inspector Jean Luc Baptiste.

Even more confusingly-Present Day is flashed up, and Jean Luc Baptiste is off on his travels.

Considering we only just were introduced to Jean Luc in his eponymous fabulous Farm house, I think we knew that it was present day already.

Being BBC One of course the lead investigator has to be a woman. In fact pretty much everybody of importance must be a woman. Oh yes. And she must be officially pregnant.

Now Jean Luc is back in Germany. And he was only in Iraq a minute ago.

Oh OK. What we think is the current action is actually in 2014. How annoying.

Strangely the investigating Seargeant and the mother of the girl look very alike.

OK I get it-we’re jumping in between 2014 and present day.

The mother of the girl is looking all frumpy in a cardigan. Which usually means she will get officially empowered.

The whole tops of the trees thing in the forest shot supposedly looking all spooky has been overdone now in dramas.

It seems odd that Alice has blue eyes now where clearly she used to have brown. I thought that from the beginning. Have I guessed the plot…Maybe not. It seems that her eyes are interchangeable. In family photos.



Well what can I say.

(that was all I could think of to say-nothing)

Episode Two.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Julien Luc Baptise to Mrs Giroux:
“Don’t worry, things can only get better..”
No. Clearly not.

David Morrisey to his wife:
“Don’t worry, we’ll recognise those footsteps a gain soon..”

So Jean Luc Baptiste figures out what we knew all along.

You just know that poor friend of Jean Luc Baptiste is toast. Or will be.

So stereotypes abound.

Did I mention that the E-fit of the wanted man looks like the Newt Man.
If there was a Newt Man that is.

Actually a Newt man would be more interesting.

Here come the trees. More spooky trees.

Trees are seriously sterotypically spooky now you know.

The young girl is good, so is Jean Luc Baptise of course. The father of the girl is fairly good. He too has a sterotypical story though.

Great. We have to look at that flag.

The dialogue between the husband and wife is terrible.

We continue to jump between time, 2014, but it is more clearly understandable now.

Jean Luc Baptiste:
“We must leave…right now.”

So it’s getting mildly better. As a drama.
But achingly slow.

The Brigadier:
“Did I tell you the fable about the turtle, who swam…”
“Enquiring of the bird to take him high up on the sky, higher and higher..”
“When he saw how far..”

Oooo so I was thinking that here was a twist: and it looks like there is one.

Episode Three
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

So the interminable saga continues.

I have only carried on because of Jean Luc.
And a handful of decent actors.

Present day. 2014. Back and forth. But we’re used to it now.

Back to the officially exotic location.

The mother is slowly growing on me. I expect her to get officially empowered. Any time soon. Oh wait. she already has. In that other time.

So back to 2014. Jean Luc comes to see the Brigadier.

Jean Luc to the Brigadier:
“It’s not the question that is answered.”
“It’s the way it is answered..”

So it’s all quite intense with Mr. Giroux. Great stuff.

The girl is brilliant. Her eyes are getting rounder and rounder, more pop-eyed and panda-like in their shadows beneath.

I think we can guess what’s gonna happen next.

So now we realise why exactly she is looking at those photographs…


First Review.
Episodes One, Two and three.

You can have meaningful moments. You can say what sound like meaningful things. You can have meaningful pauses. In a drama. You can have stereotypically-meaningful scenery.

You can have, perhaps, a meaningful story.

But all of these things don’t necessarily make the whole drama: meaningful in itself.

Episode Four.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

So the turgid tale continues. Oh- I forgot-another meaningful thing: a meaningful song. Does not make the drama meaningful.

The world’s most unlikely woman Sergeant with several pillows stuffed up her jumper is ranting over-emotionally at the delectable Jean Luc.

So we are introduced to a new character.

Jean Luc to the young policeman:
“If every one helps to hold up the sky”
“No one gets tired.”

The woman Detectives goes all evil on poor, well I had better not say.

Oops: back to Iraq. C’mon Jean Luc.

Why is the wife in 2014 speaking to the now pillowless tummy-ed Sergeant? When she knows…

Back to the officially exotic location.

Back to 2014.

The Army Press Officer is strangely obsequious and stuttering towards the pillow-filled dreadful Detective.

I am liking the pairing up of the young Detective and Jean Luc Baptiste.

The young Detective to Jean Luc:
“It’s like waiting for Hilda to talk..”

Jean Luc on the plane.
Jean Luc:
“It’s Baptiste..”
“I’m going to need your help..”
“In finding someone..”.

So how come the wife doesn’t know about the pillow? I think I get it. Perhaps they never met in the early investigation. Back in 2014.

Told you the wife would get all officially empowered thought she still has her cardigan on.

Julian’s friend:
A Vision: (to Jean Luc)
“Why aren’t you flying homewards?”.

Wait. Back to 2014.

So: all unremittingly dreary really.

But we do get to see that dam. The one from (the series) Les Revenants.

The best scenes are with Jean Luc and the young detective Jorn.

But oh dear it really does go on for a very long time doesn’t it?

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