Spiral is a cop drama…but
that makes it sound cliché’ and this wonderfully
paced and cast show is far far from typical. Here, the police
detective team is woven and complicated. And like its American
cousin, Law & Order, the show takes you through every step
of a crime. But, unlike L&A, characters are developed fully;
Quirks, follies, and cute guys an’ gals speaking French.
What is not to love.
Now in its fourth season
(streaming on Netflix or, seriously, buy 1-3), you can catch up
with how the lives are going. But, frankly, if you can, start
with season one to meet and know the hmms and whys of almost every
player in the fourth. The hour-long stories that take a season's
worth to conclude, do stand alone, but, it is much more visceral
when you know who is who.
For example, Laure
Berthaud (Caroline Proust) she is very into no-strings-ish relationships.
Until she isn’t. She is a woman after all. She runs the
team we spy on, and call her boss lady if you like, just don’t
fence her in…her panther-like pace is palatable. Meanwhile,
her slithery boss is a misogynist first class.
And Pierre Clement
in any language, Gregory
Fitoussi) is a career oriented chap. He is as aloof as he is handsom,
until he isn't - he's a guy after all. Plus, you'll recognize
his beauty, but from where? You’ll be IMDB-ing him so you
can sleep. Here, he plays a spiraling (<- hardeeharhar) attorney
and gets thrown into dark gray areas so fast it’s as if
he’s twirling around in a cotton candy machine of pure manly-man
Joséphine Karlsson (Audrey Fleurot), the defense attorney
you will adore to despise. There is nothing she is not capable
of – and her priorities are vein-popping-ly annoying, in
a have-to-watch way. And team partner, Gilou (Thierry Godard)
whose incompetence and drug-fueled stake outs will have you pausing
the player until you calm down. He’s an idiot. And a scrumptious