Underbelly: The Golden Mile Series Two of Underbelly
Final few episodes short notes and some dialogue with review PART TWO at the end.
O LUCKY MAN (it was spelt like that)
Bob Trimbole is in a pub where since it’s Ireland everybody must be playing the fiddle and dancing! Oh and drinking Guinness of course.
Inspector Priest and Inspector Messina are still out-suiting each other. Although I think Messina has the edge.
At one point Messina unearths a small spray can from his pocket and sprays his hair in front of Priest! Or I suppose it could be air freshener. Inspector Messina does say he finds smoking offensive. However Inspector Messina was in a doorway, face to face with Inspector Priest. I swear that Messina sprayed his hair. It was hair spray, I am telling you.
Like I said, Messina has some style going on and his hair may take some doing to get just right. Maybe those unmoving curls of his are not as au-naturel and as casual as we think. It’s a long day being an Inspector.
Ireland, a Church.
“I would give two bob for Chelsea this season..”!
Mysterious man in Church:
“I am a QPR man myself”..(Queens Park Rangers)
“it’s a thousand to one shot, but sometimes long shots are lucky…”
By the time we get to episode thirteen, the hit man of the day and George Freeman (all curly hair and curled supercilious lips) are doing a take down dressed in stylish black ensembles: silk shirt, tailored trousers, smart belt and for George, a matching waistcoat.
There is a lovely moment when, hit completed, the hit man picks up a leather black pouch. Stuffed full of either heroin or cash, we don’t know. As he walks across back to George Freeman, the latest hit-man, so suavely attired all in black, the leather pouch under his arm like it was a man bag and he was a fashionable young man on a catwalk.
Underbelly: The Golden Mile Final Review PART TWO
So I really enjoyed Underbelly: The Golden Mile in the end. I say in the end because in the beginning I was initially a little averse to the violence. Not being a fan of gangster drama generally because of their prerequisite and unremitting violence.
However the various murders are on reflection not usually shown in full view so to speak: that is we see the attacks either from the victim or the murderer’s perspective and we see the final result. We don’t get the whole view.
Plus the violence comes and goes in between the Police procedural side of the story and how, painstakingly, over a period of many years, the Police build up their case.
The case or investigations cross countries: Australia, New Zealand and eventually London and Ireland. it is amazing to note the filmic signpost for London is a shot of Big Ben, at night. Big Ben was how drama viewers used to be told the scene was London. Now it’s the eponymous Gherkin and the Shard.
A second crossing to London was signalled just with a big Union Jack on a flagpole. Simples.
I really enjoyed Underbelly: The Golden Mile. Just as I remember now that I enjoyed series One and how the Underbelly series grew on me over time. I also remember being shocked, years later, to see the names of the gangsters from Underbelly Series One in my paper. Underbelly really was based on real events.
Just as I grew to like, as a viewer, Carl Lewis and his girlfriend and the story of yet another hit man in Series One, by the end of Underbelly: The Golden Mile: we have grown almost fond of Bob Trimbole. Ah, poor Bob.
“Yes, but what about Mrs. McKay?” Inspector Priest says. Indeed.
The style of storytelling in Underbelly: The Golden Mile seems superficial and light at first. But then I had just finished The Killing (remake) Four, a deep and complex psychological study. Into crimes and criminals themselves.
yet Underbelly’s style of storytelling is not as casual as it seems. The at first seemingly light and breezy air of the narrator, the sunshine, the barbecues even are deceptive. As I think I mentioned in my write-up on Underbelly Series one, we are not accustomed to associate gangsters with sunny Australia.
However I seem to remember that gangsters in America, whilst darker in light, colder and more drizzly in New Jersey for example with the Sopranos and Company: still had barbecues, met on boats sometimes, had clubs. Plus ca change.
There is an abundance of beige. Brown and beige aplenty in the early days.
There is a sweeping, curved marble staircase of sea green and opalescent marble in the Kensington Gardens apartment block in London. Upon which staircase Karen Sochi, Terry Clark’s new amour, stands framed in a scene, pleading with Terry.