Saturday, June 04, 2005

The TV Won't Let me Sleep

So I was just looking for something short to watch while I finished a couple of things up on the computer and came across a series on, On Demand BBC America called Wire in the Blood, sort of a forensics/ detective/ gory/ police drama and decided to give it a shot.

I was hooked from the beginning.

Wire in the Blood is sort of a Sherlock Holmes pastiche set in a modern British police setting. The main characters are Tony Hill (Robson Green), the Holmes of the piece is sort of a strange, quirky, psychologist who works as a criminal profiler. Hill has this tacit almost obsessive compulsive way of looking at the clues and almost super-humanly fingering a type.

The other major lead in the show is Detective Carol Jordan (Hermione Norris), the Watson/ Inspector Lestrade of the piece. She is the strong leader of a bright team of murder investigators whose occasional blunders help Tony Hill lead the team to make an arrest.

The plots are rich and well crafted with tons of character development. The suspense is so thick you can cut it with a knife, you will literally jump out of your seat. Above and beyond everything however is the amazing performance Robson Green gives as Tony Hill. His Hill is brilliant to a fault but, deeply flawed, unable to relate to normal people he finds solace in counseling the psychotic criminals he has helped to put behind bars. He is always so on the edge of sanity you wonder if he doesn't just want to join them rather than hunt them.

It's amazing. I love it and can't stop watching. I'm half way into the 3rd 95 minute episode and haven't been this impressed with a TV show in a very long time. I highly recommend it.


No comments: