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Spiral Series 3 [DVD]
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When the mutilated body of a young woman is found on a disused railway track in the North of Paris, Police Captain Laure Berthaud seizes the opportunity to restore a tarnished reputation and leads her squad on the hunt for what she believes to be a deranged serial killer. However, with her personal life in tatters and a potential rift emerging from within her own ranks, Berthaud's world is on the verge of disintegration.
Meanwhile the impeccable career of Public Prosecutor Pierre Clément falls into disrepute when his insistence on integrity makes him a pariah in the corridors of justice and ambitious barrister Joséphine Karlsson attempts to untangle herself from some dubious associations--with dangerous consequences.
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Of course there English subtitles for those who speak nothing but English but it would have been nice to have the option of French ones as well for us deaf who are trying, against all odds, to improve our French.
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 !
Twelve hour long episodes. All in French. English subtitles. No bonuses.
As before, taut scripts and powerful performances - many main characters stretched to near breaking point. Examining Magistrate Judge Roban is beset with family problems complicating his quest to expose a corrupt mayor. Brilliant lawyer Josephine may be out of her depth with the dodgy clients she defends. Deputy Prosecutor Pierre Clement has antagonized too many on high, they determined to get rid of him.
For all then, plenty of angst. No one-dimensional people here, they wrestling with inner demons as questionable methods are used to bring criminals to justice.
Admittedly not every plot development convinces (Pierre at one point incredibly stupid). Here, though, is a relentlessly hard hitting series, destined to grip many viewers and to earn many awards.
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Waiting for NEW series - having seen them all. Fantastic if you like real gritty detective series. Great diversity of characters bringing into play their own lives and commitments... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tess
No problem with programme but the third disc is corrupt and simply will not play. Utterly frustrating!Published 10 months ago by CHRISTOPHER DENNY