Spiral (Engrenages) s2 ep 3

Still brilliant and everything, but I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as last week’s – probably because of the courtroom scenes I just couldn’t understand.

“They have an inquisitorial system” is pretty much all I know about the French legal system , which didn’t really help me with questions like “How come a defence solicitor was acting for a witness?”  And “How come she was arguing against the self-defence, while the public prosecutor seemed to be for it?”  And also, “Why has the judge not brushed her hair since, ooh, last Tuesday?”

What I did understand was that Shady Josephine was running rings around Prosecutor Pierre both during the hearing and after it; his feeble attempt to intercede with her on Police Lady Laure’s behalf was as much use as a sombrero in a snowstorm.

Come to think of it, Prosecutor Pierre has been almost completely useless this season.  He was an ass last week, and a fool this one, in court and out of it.  Defending Shady Josephine’s shady practices to Laure and the awesome Judge Robard was frankly moronic – come on, Pierre, get a clue!  And start being nicer to Laure, too, you jerk.

Still, there was far more disturbing stuff going on than Pierre being a numptie, as the supremely unpleasant Mr Aziz continued to cause incredible grief and pain to anyone unfortunate enough to have any connection to him (and refused to eat the cakes his mum made for him, tsk), Rachid’s desperation turned to anger then despair, and, generally, everything was kind of awful for nearly everybody.  Spiral’s not an easy programme to watch, but it’s a gripping one.

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3 thoughts on “Spiral (Engrenages) s2 ep 3

  1. Red October 3, 2009 / 6:36 pm

    It was almost like the daughter was bringing a private prosecution, wasn’t it? Or, was Josephine acting for the victim…? My understanding re the Inquisitorial System is that it is designed to make it easier for the truth to come out (well, that’s the theory anyway), but, both this week and last, Pierre was acting like finding out what actually happened was all a bit too much like hard work.

    The arrogant, misogynist, French-speaking drug dealer reminds me of my ex-boyfriend.

    The journalist is still my favourite.

  2. CJ Cregg October 3, 2009 / 10:59 pm

    Red :

    It was almost like the daughter was bringing a private prosecution, wasn’t it? Or, was Josephine acting for the victim…? My understanding re the Inquisitorial System is that it is designed to make it easier for the truth to come out (well, that’s the theory anyway), but, both this week and last, Pierre was acting like finding out what actually happened was all a bit too much like hard work.

    He totally was, which is very odd as last season he was the one doggedly trying to find the truth behind the murder. I don’t know if we’re maybe supposed to think he’s become a bit jaded and a bit more lax now he’s been in for a while? But then that doesn’t fit in with his “standards” crusade. C’mon Pierre, go back to being lovely.

  3. sherby57 October 4, 2009 / 10:37 pm

    I find the best way of understanding the French judicial system is to not think about it too much. It is certainly baffling if you think about it too much.

    Pierre’s motivations this season are a little cloudy. I think he’s being pulled between his desire to do the right thing and his ambition in wanting to progress his career. I’m intrigued to see where they’re going with this.

    Equally fascinating is Josephine’s descent in to darkness. I don’t think she’s getting any more likeable, but she’s certainly a fascinating character.

    My thoughts on this episode are here: http://poursomegravyonme.co.uk/2009/10/03/stuff-i-watched-30th-sept-2nd-oct/

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