What to say if you liked it.
It’s a bit like Spooks and The Shield
What to say if you disliked it.
It’s a bit like Spooks and The Shield but nowhere near as good
What was good about it?
• The premise – “this is the future of policing. Predict the crime before it happens” – is quite exciting
• It’s all very slick with hand-hand cameras, filmic techniques, lots of pace and a sinister air
• Mark Rosen, the callow youth who is the unit’s new profiler played by Tom Brooke, is the only really interesting character
• The boss DCI Patrick Taylor speaks in handbookese – with a huge sense of irony – and he’s a bit tough but he’s no match for Spooks’ Harry or The Shield’s Vic
• Tilly Vosburgh (we love) was excellent as the downtrodden mum
• The terrifying, unflinching strangulation scene had real impact without being too gratuitous
• The childkiller (or self-styled “creator of angels”) was complex enough to be the best villain of the show, beating the cocky jogger who’s a suspected rapist
What was bad about it?
• The producers seem to be hoping for a US sale (eg there’s a reference to Internal Affairs)
• Sexy young actors Sean Gallagher and Sarah Smart have been cast as rather lightweight, incidental characters
• Some of the script is a bit clanky (“I wouldn’t have called you if it wasn’t for the Home Office directive”)
• The tough-as-old-boots DS Ray Lloyd is a bit of a cliché