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2.0 out of 5 stars
Very Disappointing, 2 Mar. 2013
Very disappointing film-for-TV adaptions of two novels by Sophie Hannah, both of which I'd read prior to watching `The Point of Rescue' and `The Other Half', the two mysteries in this first series of Case Sensitive. Neither story is reliably faithful to the novel, especially `The Other Half' which differs from the novel in virtually all crucial plot elements. This would bother me far less, in spite of the fact that I quite liked the novels and thought them suspenseful and well-written, if this series could stand on its own merits, independent of the novels.
My main complaint is the lack of intelligence in the crime solving process. The detectives seem to lurch from one theory to another, there is little presented as evidence, there is no "building" of a case. This may be so to some extent in the novels, but the novels are not police procedurals. The novels are multilayered mysteries, always where things are not as they seem. Sophie Hannah takes ordinary day to day life and infuses it with a menacing discontent: something is not right. Normalcy is disturbed. The plots involve the discovery and gradual understanding of what is behind this disturbance of normalcy --- and this is well and sometimes brilliantly done through Sophie Hannah's writing. The police procedural aspect of the stories is secondary, yet Case Sensitive is written as a police procedural, with the emphasis on DS Zailer and DC Waterhouse and the rest of the team whose responsibility it is to solve the crime.
Crucial to a police procedural, in addition to the actual solving of the crime, is the relationship between the commanding officer and the other members of her/his team. Here the relationship between DS Zailer and DC Waterhouse is tepid at best. DS Zailer is condescending, irritable, and shrewish to him (and all the other detectives working under her as well). While appearing to be good at his job, DC Waterhouse is submissive and meek with her (although occasionally challenging her erratic and irrational behaviour). Then suddenly the two are in bed together, albeit very briefly for a few (post-coital?) moments: what??? If you haven't read the novels, this makes no sense at all. There is no 'chemistry' between Zailer and Waterhouse as portrayed here, no exchanges of witty repartee, and absolutely no displays of any kind of sense of humour that one might find between two colleagues of opposite temperament and interests that would attract them to one another and that the viewer would find enjoyable.
To conclude, I'll add that I found extremely annoying the gratuitous profanity that is thrown around like a dash of chili pepper, here and there for a little extra seasoning in sometimes the oddest places by, almost exclusively, DS Zailer.