41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better
Unlike most series Spiral gets better, Series 2 was better than Series 1 and Series 3 better than both. Having said that all three are well worth watching and are better than any current American or British cop show.
As in the two earlier series it opens with the discovery of a body, this time a mutilated prostitute, when a second body is discovered the search...
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by steve b
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gross Violence and unbelievable corruption.
I found the third series of Spiral really gross. Not something to watch just before bedtime. Unwarranted police violence, corrupt magistrates gallore. There is not really a single character left in the cast that comes over as sympathetic. If this reflects just a bit police practice in France, I would suggest to abstain from asking for their assistance at all times.
Published 18 months ago by Guido
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)Unlike most series Spiral gets better, Series 2 was better than Series 1 and Series 3 better than both. Having said that all three are well worth watching and are better than any current American or British cop show.
As in the two earlier series it opens with the discovery of a body, this time a mutilated prostitute, when a second body is discovered the search for the 'Butcher of La Villette' is on. Around this main case various other cases revolve including one of corruption in a local Town Hall and by implication in the Ministry of Justice. We even get to see the formally 'by the book' Judge Roban breaking the rules and the law in order to get the bad guys. Plus we still get to see Laure and Gilou getting in and out of trouble and testing the loyalty of fellow team member Tintin with their borderline methods.
Throw in a few pimps, East European prostitutes and corrupt lawyers and you have the best cop show since the Wire and the Shield. Oh and there is a police officer to seems to answer to the name `Teddy Bear'. Only in France !
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grittily realistic and very good!,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)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.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive French Crime Drama - Unmissable,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)Spiral Series 3 approaches its conclusion on TV and like the other reviewer I'm impatient for the DVD. I came aboard with this series, determined not to miss another euro crime hit series, and its been unmissable, both for the compelling story - the hunt for a serial killer ripping prostitutes and other police/judicial/political/personal intrigues - and for the ways the French perception of crime fighting differ from the British model.
Gotta go back now and see the first two years, work out what I missed.
Murder, sex-trafficking, corruption, addiction, betrayal: Spiral is a breath of fresh air.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Best so Far !!,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)It does not get much better than this approx 800 minutes of cracking drama..
The casting is excellent,everyone believable, not a bad episode ,in fact I had a hard time disciplining myself to 2 episodes a night !
As there was a slight variation in the storytelling between season 1 and 2 ,so there is in season 3.
In 3 there are 3 (!) story arcs which run more or less along side each other, the main one is yet another horrific murder but this time there seems to be serial killer out there,the second starts with a seemingly (unpleasant) case of dog control and leads off into far murkier territory and the third with affairs of our favourite prosecutor and shady lawyer as they try to change their lot.
It is also about obsession,Captain Berthaud with the man who may,or may not be "the Butcher",Judge Roban with the uncovering of a conspiracy that may lead into the high echelons of power and the "legal eagles" with the need to change their lives round and "do the right thing"..all of their lives spiral in and out of control affecting those round them and all have some nasty surprises in store..You learn a bit more about some of the other regulars and there are some new characters as well.Not to mention some very unpleasant bad'uns.
Many people in trying to be helpful compare this to the "Wire",well I am not so sure,Spiral is not the next "wire" it is it's own unique series with,obviously, a strong Gallic flavour ,to some lovers of american crime drama it may not appeal,it is much more graphic..I personaly did not like the "wire" but loved this..the nearest I can get to on the "if you like this you will like that" game is Waking the Dead/Sherlock/Taggart/Whitechapel but,hey I also like the more gentle style of Foyles War/Lewis.
Just read that another 3 seasons have been commissioned with the production of "4" having already started in June ...Yippee !!!!"
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)About halfway through the recent Danish crime drama "The Killing", I was thinking that it might turn out to be the best series I'd ever seen. By the end, however, I was very disappointed.
"Spiral", on the other hand, is truly brilliant from start to finish. If the makers of "The Killing" are planning a second series then they would do well to take some notes: "Spiral" is grittier, more realistic, better acted/scripted/plotted and, most importantly, never gets too clever for its own good.
Oh, and if hot-blooded (or just plain hot) redheads are your thing, just wait till Audrey Fleurot pitches up onscreen. Good Lord!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and Gripping.,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)I love everything about Spiral (Engrenages in the original French title), from the Paris setting to the characters with their sometimes particularly French quirks, the plots and the format. There are certainly points of similarity with HBO's The Wire where the action takes place in Baltimore, Maryland as both deal with political, civic and police corruption at the highest levels. As with the Danish series The KIlling, the central character in Spiral is a dedicated female detective, Laure Berthaud, obsessed with her job and someone who may sail close to the wind at times, but always with a view to the greater good. She has a certain incorruptible integrity and is fiercely loyal to her colleagues.
Along with Laure there is a host of regular characters i.e. Judge Francois Roban who applies the rule of law to the letter but at the same time aims to eradicate corruption in high places even at a cost to his personal happiness. Then there is the young and handsome Pierre Clément, an ambitious but high-minded prosecutor who early on crosses swords with Joséphine Karlsson, an even more ambitious and beautiful but hard-edged lawyer who is quite ruthless in her defence of clients.
As with The Killing, each series deals with one central murder investigation and I will not go into the finer details of the plot of Series 3 but suffice it to say that it concerns sex-trafficking and a prostitution ring run by East European criminals and the fallout of the original botched investigation coupled with corruption and moral compromise; it is peopled by some charismatic, some interesting and some quite loathsome characters.
I would say this series is not to be missed and is definitely recommended to fans of gritty police dramas but not for the squeamish! I am looking forward to viewing Series 4, not least to see how the situation between Karlsson and Clément progresses.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crammed with characters and events,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)I have signed up to be notified by email as soon as this comes available on Amazon, and am trying not to be too impatient ( but don't drag your feet, you Amazon guys! )
At the moment of writing, BBC have so far shown six of the twelve episodes, each one crammed with characters and events. This is not a 'sit back and let it wash over you' series like, for example Misomer. Instead it requires a lot of concentration to make sure you do not miss any of the vital pieces of the jigsaw.
I think that on further viewings, things will dawn on me, connections I failed to make first time round.
So I don't simply WANT this on DVD.....I NEED this on DVD.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Grit,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)Series one is very good, series 2 is great and this one surpasses them both. The characters become even more real, there's a great baddie and there's a fantastic sub-plot involving 'Msr Le Judge'.
We're currently watching series 2 of The Killing and Spiral blows it out of the water - much more gritty and in your face (though I have to say The Killing series 1 was fantastic). Highly recommended and can't wait for series 4.
Be wary of any comparisons to The Wire (and that goes for comparing The Killing to The Wire as well). Spiral is much more about the thrill of the chase and fallibility of the characters whereas The Wire is a vast portrait of a dysfunctional city, it's more like a book than TV (nothing, not even Spiral, is as good as The Wire when taken as a whole).
4.0 out of 5 stars cool french language movie,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)Delivered in time. Cool French movie with English Subtitle. Very good for language studies. They even manage to find lots of handsome men for. Actors' work is amazing btw. Plot is a little bit cruel too much, but this is life.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic series - exciting, fast-moving and very intriguing. You must watch it!!,
This review is from: Spiral Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)This series is addictive. The characters are very intriguing and complicated. I have watched all four series and cannot wait for series five. There are many sub-plots and violence alongside compassion.
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