Top positive review
on 13 April 2013
For whatever reason I missed seeing Braquo on television, I hadn't even heard of it.
I have however seen all the other foreign crime and political dramas such as 'The Killing', 'The Bridge', 'Borgen' and 'Spiral'. There is something about these foreign cop series that leave you wanting more, which neither British or US crime dramas do, for me at least. The storyline and background has been covered in other reviews but Braquo continues the brilliance of French counterterrorism and organized crime units that made the 'Spiral' series so rivetingly enjoyable, except that it is significantly more brutal and violent. To some it may beyond belief that any crime unit, in most western police forces could conduct themselves in such a ruthless and uncontrolled way. To me it seems quite realistic to accept that there are government undercover forces that are left to there own devices to combat the worst violent crime and foreign mafia organizations who would otherwise escape being brought to conventional justice. The one proviso from their immediate bosses, do anything you need to, but if you get caught, you are on your own!
Accepting this, the series seems believable and it is possible to accept that undercover police can behave this violently in the 'no go ' areas of Paris, the characters and locations all add to the realism of this gripping series. Unfortunately, the last three episodes of series 2 did degenerate into a more unbelievable British type melodrama which lacked the realism of the previous episodes in both series. A third series is in the course of production and I for one cannot wait to see it.