Cracker - Series 2
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"To Be a Somebody" begins where series 1 left off. Fitz and his wife, Judith (Barbara Flynn), and two kids are living together again, but the rotund profiler--still juggling multiple addictions to booze, gambling, nicotine, and overall self-destructiveness--is on a new, downward spiral. His name is also mud with Detective Chief Inspector Bilborough (Christopher Eccleston) and would-be lover and police detective Jane "Panhandle" Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville). But a series of class-anger killings by a psychotic welder-turned-skinhead pulls Fitz into a case so disastrous that every major and minor character is profoundly affected. Portraying the murderer, Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) is brilliant, as terrifying and sympathetic as Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle.
The emotional and dramatic fallout of "To Be Somebody" carries over to "The Big Crunch," in which Fitz's relationship with Jane intensifies while he pursues a religious cult that may be responsible for a girl's abduction. The final story, "Men Should Weep," concerns an investigation into an unnerving string of rapes by a masked, mutilated cab driver. More startling is a link between these crimes and eruptive events in the lives of Fitz, Judith, Jane, and thickheaded, thorn-in-the-side copper Jimmy Beck (Lorcan Cranitch). A breathtaking climax and shocking, cliffhanger ending make "Men Should Weep" a must-see for thriller fans. --Tom Keogh
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The second season of Cracker picks up a short while after the events of series one. On the personal front, Fitz and his wife are still coping with their marriage issues while at the same time he deals with a rather put-out Jane Penhaligon and the affair that wasn't. On the professional front, the gambling debts weigh a little heavier as Fitz finds his police work curbed courtesy of a standing grudge between himself and DCI Bilborough over their last case together.
Into these lives come three extraordinary stories and a cast of characters that will irreversibly change the course of events in Fitz's world. The first story, "To Be A Somebody", is considered the strongest of all three seasons. It features a tour de force performance by Robert Carlyle of "Trainspotting" fame in a teleplay that discourses vitriolically on themes of immigration, family, and class warfare. The second story, "The Big Crunch", features Jim Carter (Brassed Off) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report) in a melancholy tale of greys in the decidedly black and white world of organized religion. The final story of the season, "Men Should Weep" offers no denouement and no respite, a powerful and personal story that will leave you waiting breathlessly for the release of series three.
Through all the tales of crime and punishment, the story of Fitz and his life is interweaved. The beauty of the show, indeed its greatest strength, is in how seemlessly that story is told and how it manages to compliment the overarching plot of each episode. "Cracker" is as good as television gets, and season two is the very best of a great series.
As far as the DVD set is concerned, it's nicely boxed, but if looking for extras, you won't find any. Nonetheless, anyone with an interest in British TV, you can't go wrong with this fantastic series.
First of all, the story of 'To Be a Somebody' is complex, emotional, and it rides on the same concept of humanity, and logic that made previous episodes so successful and brilliant. 'Cracker' manages to take a character, show you the character, and then delve under the skin of the character and show you their workings. It's all about the psychology of the characters, going along with Fitz's speciality. All the characters, no matter how unlikeable or seemingly cruel, are still completely human and sympathetic. You know why they're doing what they're doing, and you know why they think what they're doing is "right", in their minds.
The fact that you can sympathise with these criminal characters, but still realise that they are not good people, is the strongest, most horrifying trait of the 'Cracker' series up to this point. After 'To Be a Somebody', this quality is a little bit lost. Though the stories are still good, and the acting still remarkable, the later episodes just don't hold up with the earlier ones.
But I'm getting off course. Another remarkable thing about the episode 'To Be a Somebody' is the acting. All the characters go through some unbelievable emotional turbulence, and the acting is brilliant. And then, of course, there's Robert Carlyle in the role of the criminal, who manages to steal the show despite the already remarkably strong casting. Every scene with him is just mesmerising--he does unbelievably well in the role.Read more ›
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Cracker is a fine series, filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. Fitz is a mess. Tension abounds with his co-workers. Yet, Fitz has great insight. Read morePublished 13 days ago by T. W. Donnelly
My wife is addicted, I may have to pull out the Harry Potter series so she can see more of Coltrane.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very good series. Had to get use to the star of show. He grows on you.Published 8 months ago by sophia
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