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Gripping characters, interesting plots but flawed with too many improbabilities
on 2 April 2016
There is much to commend this french police drama series set in suburban Paris - interesting characters, intense drama, and mostly realistic feeling. However, strikes against the series are: excessive focus on gruesome corpses - just too much; complete absence of any operational co-operation with the uniformed gendarmerie - surely unrealistic; security in the police station is so careless that lawyers wander freely unescorted gathering intelligence useful to their clients, and it is a wonder that half the suspects don't simply escape by running out; very casual and disrespectful relations between the detectives of different ranks - improbable; nearly all politicians are shown as corrupt - typical left wing fantasy. Finally, an undercover agent Samy is planted in a drug gang at great personal risk but continues to frequent the police station base at high risk of being seen by dubious gang lawyers, gang suspects or others brought in, any one of whom could blow his cover, causing his death. This is so ridiculous I find it hard to continue watching. In reality, once an agent goes undercover, all interactions with the originating force are managed with the greatest possible secrecy and precautions.