I had high hopes of this. Something pan-European, with a great cast. Something with a bit of sophistication, and a need for subtitles (which I, Ms Smarty Pants, might not need). Yay!
Watched the first in the series last night, and quickly realised this is just another cop show predicated on abusing and killing women in the most gruesome way possible. And when the dead dog turned up as well, I deleted the rest of the episodes I’d accumulated and turned off the recording. This is surely grubbing about at the bottom of the barrel?
Like there aren’t enough sadists in the world looking for inspiration, without scriptwriters bending their talents towards giving them new ideas.
Such a shame, as the cast was excellent and the script sharp. Unfortunately the application of scalpels, long sharp knives and fingerprint grinder-offers put it past the tolerable post for me. And when the killer chose himself a dog from the Pound simply to disguise himself as a dog walker at the scene of his crime, and then killed the dog when he was finished … well, major yukfest.
We are currently experiencing yet another wave of misogyny. I know series 1 of Crossing Lines is well behind that particular curve (they’re up to at least series 3 now) but whatever possessed schedulers to decide to show this now, with institutional misogyny in the UK police force recently front and centre in the news and women routinely targets of abuse both verbal and physical? It’s not like abuse of animals is in decline either.
Cheap shots. And nasty.
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In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think.
“It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?”
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3 thoughts on “Crossing Lines”
Agree completely with these sentiments, Judi. Usually, by the end of episode two, in a lot of stuff we find ourselves watching, a kidnapped person (with or without hood) is shown chained to an old metal chair in a disused factory and a masked killer is seen brandishing ‘implements’. Cancel recording. Delete recorded episodes. End of series for us.
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Thanks for this review, Judy. I did have this on my possible watch list, it is now deleted!
Such a shame! And the peculiar back history (as very as the brutal crimes): people chosen from ‘the Eurozone’ – surely that is EU countries that use the Euro? Northern Ireland has never had any truck with Euros! (I have always regretted that UK didn’t go for the Euro.)