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Episodes 7 and 8

Spiral season 4 episodes 7 & 8

Berthault and her team are frustrated by new custody laws which ensure the presence of a lawyer during interviews. Gilou is given three days to ensure that the Sarahoui’s late licence is approved and Roban is warned that Garnier is using underhand tactics to smear him. Meanwhile, Karlsson is pressured by the Special Branch to provide information on the activities of Thomas Riffaut and his gang.

When the police raid the Sarahoui’s flat, Gilou takes the opportunity to break into their nightclub and retrieve incriminating evidence against him. Yussuf cracks under pressure and provides the team with the names of a Kurdish family behind weapons found at Cetin’s house. Karlsson turns the tables on her Special Branch investigators and Judge Roban manages to make even more enemies within the ‘system’.

This double episode was all about betrayals and loyalty in the face of adversity.

First we had les flics loyalty with Amina aiding and abetting Gilou to cover up his errors of judgement. A rather quick move to the dark side. Perhaps she had seen what had happened to PJ when he tried to tell the truth even when it meant a colleague would go down for it. On the other  hand she may have wanted to help him because she will want a major favour in return.

Laure was thrown by the arrival of Sami, a former lover, who had left without a word when moved to a new job. His ability to speak Arabic wouldn’t be that much of a help in a case involving Kurdish Turks. Apart from the worry that he might be there to take over her job Laure had to hold herself together while he tried to convince her he had returned to see her again. Don’t do it Laure! You have a partner who loves you and his two teenage daughters seem to look up to you even if you do give shooting lessons as birthday  presents and turn up late to light the candles.

Family loyalties were strained in the relationship of Jorkal and his nephew who had confessed to a lesser crime in order to let his more criminal partners take the fall for their failed robbery. Jorkal would have rather he took his imprisonment like a man and treated it like “army training”. Pierre really seemed to have gone over to the dark side and cleverly used the president judge’s misuse of a word which directed the jury towards Brandon’s guilt to get his client off with time served. Jorkal was so pleased he was going to get all his partners to change lawyers.

Joséphine Karlsson’s inexplicable loyalty to Thomas Riffaut meant she warned him that the Secret Police were about to arrest him for his latest left wing act. The planned abduction was called off at the last minute and Riffaut wanted to show his gratitude by having sex with Joséphine. She told him she wasn’t worth it – and yet could have used any other excuse such as being involved with Pierre. Puzzling.

Sophie was sexually assaulted by the random English phrase speaking Greek who reneged on his offer to let her go on the abduction. After the job was blown she became the fall girl and Riffuat threw her out with verbal abuse ringing in her ears. What else could she do but go to Joséphine and rage at her for spoiling everything? Err, well she could have woken up and realised what a user and abuser Riffaut is.

The interrogations both in front of the required lawyers and behind the scenes were interesting. Manipulation by threats and promises seemed to get the desired result and Yussuf finally told them about who the arms were really owned by. It was odd to see Laure being both good and bad cop in that little scenario, threatening and comforting by turns.

Layla and her gun running sons are now the focus for the investigation. The AK47 sale in a quarry served to show just how damaged Tintin is, if there was any doubt after his throwing up before a job and having mysterious car trouble. He’s obviously come back too soon and is suffering from PTSD.

And finally Judge François Roban sailed further and further in to the storm apparently enjoying being under investigation and even showing his accuser where the paper work was substandard. Roban’s secretary was moved to another department and when he met her for coffee afterwards she felt able to finally tell him something about her previous boss which might just have been useful to know sooner.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2013/mar/02/spiral-state-of-terror-series-four

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The Killing 3 – episodes 7 and 8

So, am I the only one who watches the catch up minute at the start and thinks – “Did that happen?” or is it just me?

There was the usual running around in the dark relived by torchlight in these two episodes.  Lund and Borch were locked into the place where the earlier murder of Louise had occurred and exhaust fumes were being fed into the ventilation shaft – so far so predictable. Borch climbed out  and had to leave our heroine behind as she was too weak to climb up – what Lund playing the weak woman card? That’s a first! Of course at that point I was sure that Borch was a gonner – but no, Lund found a way to get out through the watery basement and arrived like some Kelpie dripping, gun in hand, to avenge the beating Borch had taken at the hand of the skurk. She shot the baddie and didn’t miss and he limped off into the dark bleeding from his gut.

Maja was proven right that Emile might not be dead as the body bag contained no body – did we imagine blond hair last week then when Brix turned all forensic on us at the end of episode 6? There was a lot of confusion about an “in-between room” from Robert and Maja’s son which turned out to be the loft? Hidden in the loft was a secret iPad given to Emilie by the cat man so they could communicate in secret while he garnered details about her life and the life of her parents. In this episode Maja’s boyfriend was slowly edged out of the picture by the need to be a united front looking for their daughter, but perhaps that played into his hands as he had other plans?

Ussing began to look more and more unpleasant and less and less guilty throughout these episodes – too bad as I’d have liked him to be guilty.

Borch’s wife turned up to tell Lund that he was in love with someone from his past and Sarah took the opportunity later to tell him that he shouldn’t spoil the relationship he had with his wife and children – oh Sarah, selfless to the last.

Image for Episode 7

As Ussing began to look vindicated, the PM and his brother had questions to answer, as had Karen who apparently had been liaising with Zeeland behind the PMs back, but which bit of Zeeland? The official bit or the unofficial bit? Zeeland took its responsibility to the poor seriously, and had sponsored orphans in private orphanages which seems to have been what led to the first murder. Mirrors also played their part in helping the Louise’s father to work out the real licence plate number that he was looking for and it didn’t take long for the sacked Borch to work it out for himself either.

The disguised perpetrator arrived “with information” which he demanded money to turn over, but this was just a ruse to access Zeeland’s computer system. Being a computer expert he has so far removed the exact hard drive of the PM’s office which would say who was driving the PMs campaign car and what route it took on the date in question and now he has enough information to know that it is probably Robert’s trusty sidekick Reinhardt who is to blame. Sarah is in the house looking at photographs which give her the clues she needs, just as zone 3’s alarm goes off. Darkness, guns and torchlight fade to black and once again we need to wait until next week for the conclusion.

What awful thing had the PM’s son Benjamin seen that occurred at the time of Louise’s death? Why did his uncle really cover up? Is Karen one of the orphans whom Zeeland helped or has she had an affair in the past – that cutty sark in episode 1 hinted at her being a bit of a goer.

Image for Episode 8

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/dec/08/killing-iii-episodes-seven-eight

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