I was probably a bit too tired when I sat down to watch this, to be honest.
I found myself struggling to pay attention to the “let’s have a stake-out” bit of the plot, and beginning to wish they would wrap up the drugs/Mister Aziz story arc instead of introducing more and more new characters for my brain to try and keep up with.
And more things to worry about – should I be reading anything into the fact that the villains are North African and there are an increasing number of references to their religion creeping in? Probably not. Tiredness can make me testy. I don’t think Spiral is pandering to any sort of prejudice, it’s just telling a particular story and thankfully, just when there was a danger that that story might be lingering a tad too long, there were some hugely significant developments this week to move things on a bit. The final scene in particular had me almost punching the air.
I also liked that Laure, despite her increasing fragility, managed to outsmart Josephine for once (although I could have done without seeing the torture scene, thanks), I liked that Pierre has stopped being a publicity-hound and come over all sensitive again (except for the autopsy photos on his desk while interviewing a schoolboy – tsk, Pierre) and I liked the sub-plot with the crazed teenager. All beautifully done.
I also liked new character Samy, even if I couldn’t work out why he thought Laure was being mean to him. I thought she was flirting shamelessly. But then I thought she was single as well. She has a partner of 10 years’ standing? Vraiment?