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3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable but Unconvincing, 12 April 2014
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This review is from: Line of Duty: Complete Series 1 & 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I've been watching Series 1 and am now debating whether Series 2 will be worth the effort. It's fast-paced and often watchable police procedural but quite soon you start to be distracted by implausible and inconsistent procedures, ludicrous plot twists and a script that is very variable in quality. It's not fair to compare everything to The Wire, but what the top Americans series have shown is that great writing requires a large team of talented writers. In Britain, we seem to think that one writer can manage. However talented, mostly they can't.
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Initial post: 25 Aug 2014 01:06:09 BDT
AJA says:
I agree wholeheartedly with your review. The amount of suspension of disbelief required at times verges on the ridiculous. Yes, the story moves along and yes, it creates a compelling narrative, but, as you rightly point out, the implausibilities and inconsistencies in plot and character defy logic. They eventually become too annoying to ignore.

I will say the second season was an improvement over the first, although it too had its share of wtf moments.

Posted on 4 Apr 2016 10:23:32 BDT
J0n G says:
I'm only at episode 3 of the first series but I can't help comparing this drama to "Happy Valley" and finding the latter far superior in terms of portraying the behaviour and procedures of the police. "Line of Duty" feels clunky, as if the scriptwriter had gaps in his knowledge and decided to wing it. The most irritating scene so far is when the police interview an injured burglar in hospital and blatantly encourage him to admit to a whole list of other burglaries so that the department's clean up rate will look good.
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