The DVD: Twelve more episodes in the French series 'Engrenages' (series 3), translated for the British market as 'Spiral'. Mutilated bodies of young girls are being dicovered in north Paris, and Capitaine Laure Berthaud leads the investigation, with her team of Gilles, Tintin and (new) Nadia. It turns out they are dealing with a serial killer, and the pressure is on - especially when the wrong suspect is accused. At the same time, Judge Roban (he of the gaunt face) deals with the death of a child in Villedieu, near Paris, where the mayor tries to sideline the Judge by demonstrating his links with the President of the Republic... and the third of our old friends from earlier series, lawyer Pierre Clement, is involved in this death as well, and is leant on by his superiors to steer it all a certain way. He is not the one to buckle, so he is sidelined... and gets involved with flame-haired Maitre Karlsson, the bent (and pretty delectable) lawyer known to aficionadoes of this series, too.
Developments drive Laure Berthaud to the edge of reason - she is so keen on tracking the killer that she loses her sense of proportion - but will she also lose the case to another police department? And are the powers building against Judge Roban going to destroy him, as his direct family is also adding to his burden? Will maitre Clement be able to turn Josephine Karlsson honest - or will she turn him more realistic - and bent?
Watch the twelve episodes of 52 minutes each, and find out!
My opinion: great series, continuing to grip. New feuds, changes in interpersonal relationships, we get to know our favourites better - and then we get surprised, once more... tension builds, and builds... I think this is a great series, and I even bought the French DVDs because I could not wait for the English version. With French subtitles, I could manage enough to be convinced this series is going from strenght to strenght. I watched them all one after the other, and though at three-quarters there is a bit of a dip, in the main this is stunning stuff, realistic, gritty, and absolutely convincing. Not for the squeamish, but a real treat.