All eight episodes from the second season of Olivier Marchal's French police thriller. The series follows a group of police led by Eddy Caplan (Jean-Hugues Anglade) who use violent and unorthodox methods in their criminal investigations. When this is brought to the attention of Internal Affairs, the department is faced with the difficult and dangerous task of exposing the group's methods and putting a stop to them. The episodes are: 'Les Damnés', 'Seuls Contre Tous', 'Tous Pour Un', 'Chèvres et Chacals', 'Infiltré', 'Mère et Patrie', 'Au Non du Pire' and '4 Moins 1'.
French violence,bad language, drugs and grunge, and that is just the police officers. the villains are almost as bad. But this is a great series (1&2) and 3 just released on tv. Wouldn't miss a moment of it. Super !!!
Firstly, this is fiction. French policing is not really like this. However an adviser on the original story was actually a policeman at the centre of a scandal on which the programme is based.
Yes, there are plot holes but you get that in every programme, even the best ones that last along time. CSI, The Shield and The Wire were not perfect in themselves.
However this programme out shines a lot of other crime series. Even my wife, who is not a great lover of the genre, got hooked as I watched this.
The characters are appealing in there own right and the major protaganists are all develooped as the series goes on. It ends on a cliff hanger each week and stories are woven into the plot and later developed. This is a programme that may require a suspension of belief on occasion but what programme or film doesn't?
However this is head and shoulders above most of the things that we see on British TV. AS I said to a French colleague, who also watches the programme, all criminals in France appear to be immigrants, politicians, industrialists or the police themselves. It never seems to be ordinary people :-)
This French series is quite violent. It handles mature audience subjects, and in the first season gave this particular police group a bad name. After you get to know a few of these police officers, they are not likable, but have some redeeming qualities. This is a rogue group of policemen who were not been reigned in soon enough, and do their own thing.
The four police agents in the Hauts-de-Seine area of Paris are Eddy Caplan, played by Jean-Hugues Anglade, Walter Morlighem, played by Joseph Malerba, Théo Vachewski, played by Nicolas Duvauchelle, and Roxanne Delgado, played by Karol Rocher. Their colleague Max Rossi was accused of criminal misconduct, and committed suicide.
In the second series, the four police have been arrested for crimes off trying to kill a bad guy. Many of the upper echelon seem to be in the wrong side except for a new investigator Marceau. A plan takes the fall goes to jail, Roxanne is demoted and Theo is fired as well as Walter. Life is horrible for all. Another rogue gang has arrived causing havoc and many deaths. Marceau gives Vaplan, Roxanne and Theo amnesty to join a team fighting this new mercenary group. All hell breaks lose, but at least they are doing police work, even though undercover work is much more dangerous.
Series 2 is much more interesting, great writing and acting.