Monday, June 22, 2009

TV Review: Durham County, season 1

Are you tired of watching crime dramas that take place in the big city? If you are, I'm sure that you'd welcome with open arms the 6-episodes TV series Duraham County. In fact, since the show deals with violence and criminality in the suburbs, expect this TV series to be so dark that it could only be played on cable. Moreover, I don't need to tell you that this is one of the best TV series I've seen in my life.

Mike Sweeney (Hugh Dillon), a police officer, and his family move from Toronto to a suburb called Durham County because he wants to lead a peaceful life. Moreover, he's looking forward for having a transfer from Toronto's police department to that of Durham County done smoothly. However, things go wrong in Durham County. When at least four women are all killed more or less the same way, Mike thinks that the serial killer in question is his neighbour Ray Prager (Justin Louis) who lives across the street. In fact, ever since their years in High school, Mike has always suspected that Ray has serious mental problems that make him violent...

I don't need to tell you how much I recommend it to you. First of all, this is certainly one of those original cop TV series that you should consider watching. In fact, forget the big city! The scriptwriters took the occasion to play with the myth telling us that everything is fine in the suburbs. Through this premise, the storyline tries to show us that 1) many people may have an unsuspected penchant for violence and that 2) there's just a fine line between good and evil (a line that many characters cross easily). Moreover, this previously mentioned element is something that many TV series lack. With that said, don't even expect any clear identification between the "good" guys and the "bad" ones.

However, no matter how the TV series turn the genre of thriller upside down, many people might find Durham County unaccessible since it comes from a premium cable network (The Movie Network). In fact, to actually understand Ray Prager's unsuspected explosion of violence, one must have advanced knowledge of psychiatry. Still, this doesn't mean that the show is not worth seeing. Although the TV series gives away the identity of the killer, Durham County sustain your interest because you always wonder how the hero (Mike Sweeney) is going to catch the real killer.

Rating: 4/5

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