THE COMMANDER, SET 2
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"Great crime series"—NPR's Weekend Edition
"Intricately plotted, gripping" —The Seattle Times
Created by PRIME SUSPECT's Lynda La Plante
“Murder, lies, loyalty, and romance” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Leading New Scotland Yard’s Murder Review Team has Commander Clare Blake feeling trapped in her office. Eager to get back to investigative work, Blake welcomes a transfer to the Homicide and Serious Crime division, where she’s assigned to a slate of difficult cases. Ambitious, imperious, and dedicated, Blake keeps her private life separate from her work—until two deeply personal crimes threaten everything she has worked for.
Amanda Burton (Silent Witness) returns as Blake in these compelling mysteries from award-winning writer Lynda La Plante. Mark Lewis Jones (The Other Boleyn Girl) costars as DCI Doug James. Guest stars include Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility), James D’Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs).). "
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1 THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: 2 parts;
Heart break/terror of mental illness revealed as Blake proves to be a real crab. A 2-yr-old girl's preserved body found in an abandoned psychiatric complex. A schizophrenic [Matt Day] and violent drug user are suspects. Celia Imrie [`Bridget Jones']plays a step-mom, and Simon Williams [`Upstairs, Downstairs'] a derelict dad. Blake spews blistering words at drug squad's DSC Marsh [Richard Dormer]. Evidence is mingled in 2 cases from 2 depts. and ends with a psychotic nude finale. Not for kids.
2 FRAUDSTER: 2 pts;
Millionaire cad [Oliver Cotton- `Beowulf'] is arrested, released, & found in his pool dead by suicide, wife, mistresses, or irate client. The deceases attny [Greg Wise- `Cranford'] helps the cops. The wife [Penny Downie] gives a brilliant performance in not being helpful.
3 WINDOWS OF THE SOUL: 2 pts;
Boxing clubs of East End finds Father Thomas stabbed 29 times-he died. Ghastly! Not for... The murder comes 5 yr after major rioting in the "estate" or community.Read more ›
Without giving too much away, I can state clearly that most of the dramas are significantly better than the first season, primarily because it was missing much of the drama. The earlier shows were a little too involved with her personal life and its dilemas, errors and catastrophes.
The set appeared to build on the first series, again developing charachters and focusing more on the case loads than the bedroom. To think that a woman of this level in an organisation such as this would have such a repeatedly self destructive personal life is almost beyond comprehension, and that's what stopped it getting five stars.
The plus points in the series were that the acting was generally high quality, the sets accurate and believable, the storylines [excluding the personal life] sellable to the viewer.
It makes a good change from the standard fare NYPD blue, CSI, NCIS that is often available.
Silent Witness was a better effort on the part of Ms. Burton, not because of any deficiency of talent or application of craft, but the storylines were simply so much better crafted.
Overall I'm not sorry I bought these, but they will sit on the shelf for a while before [if] being watched again.
I struggled to give 4 stars overall, but felt three stars were a bit stingy. If you like the personal drama intertwined with the caseloads, you migh want to give it more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Commander set 1 was borderline good, but with unbelievable behavior of a senior police officer.
In set 2 the main character, the commander, was very different from the... Read more
Like a B movie. Season 1was great. this is like looney tunes. Total disaster in the screenwriting
The acting was second rate and that's being generous
I am enjoying both Commander # 1 & 2 and will be looking for more. I think Amanda Burton is a starPublished on October 23, 2013 by Sharon Windrim
its not as good as season one, both in story and acting, I would not buy it knowing what I now now.Published on April 27, 2013 by L