Watching something in another language with subtitles not only concentrates the mind, but also seems to send the credibility quotient sky-high – I can’t be the only person who thinks Spiral seems even better than it is just because it’s in French.
The procedural drama returned to UK screens on Sunday night with the same mix of uncompromising violence, adult dialogue and incredibly cool Gallic folk as season 1. The Bill, this ain’t.
As friend-of-the-blog Sherby pointed out, it’s been 3 years since season one introduced us to Pierre Clement, Laure Berthaud and co, and it’s difficult to remember the finer details of that labyrinthine story arc beyond “conspiracy + prostitution ring = murder.” Luckily though, to follow this week’s episode, you didn’t really need to know anything beyond “tough female police inspector + deeply attractive male prosecutor + assorted horrors = super-stylish stuff” and then let the story tell itself.
The main plot seems a lot more straightforward than last year as well – for a start, we know who committed the horrific murder in the opening scenes – but regardless, the writing and the show as a whole remains as compelling as ever, making certain other procedural dramas look embarrassing by comparison. Tres, tres bien.