Spiral (Engrenages) s2 ep 6

Revenge is a dish best served en francais?

It certainly looked that way this week, as Spiral revolved around half the characters trying to get their own back on the other half.

Szabo rumbled Shady Josephine’s scheming and taught her a lesson along the lines of “Be careful what you wish for  – or you’ll end up entirely at the mercy of psychopathic druglord gangsters;” the Larbis lost patience with Aziz and taught him a lesson along the lines of “Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail – especially if it involves psychopathic druglord gangsters;” and Pierre rediscovered the rest of his mojo and taught Marchand and Breand a lesson along the lines of “What goes around comes around – whether you’re a psychopathic druglord gangster or not.”

All of this was densely and cleverly plotted of course, but, for all the Larbi story was beautifully executed, with some magnificently tense scenes contrasting with the quick and dirty resolution, and for all Szabo playing Josephine at her own game was grimly satisfying, my favourite plotline was definitely Pierre’s.  His elegant scheming was entertaining, slyly witty and welcome respite from all the nastiness going on elsewhere in the episode.

None of the revenge stories helped clear up the most pressing question, though – does Laure have a boyfriend or not? If she had a partner at home, would she run the risk of inviting a fellow cop (however handsome) to go to “your place or mine?”  Who knows.  Her team do seem to take a fairly lax approach to rules and risks in general.  Maybe she wants to get caught.  Or maybe Roban’s right and we’ve over-estimated her general nous.  Come on, writers, do tell.


11 thoughts on “Spiral (Engrenages) s2 ep 6

  1. sherby57 October 24, 2009 / 4:26 pm

    As you say, CJ, another excellent episode all round. The one sticking point is Laure’s marital status; she surely wouldn’t have said ‘your place or mine?’ if she did live with someone. It’s quite a mystery, but the pyschologist plot seems to have been dropped.

    Pierre’s plot was excellent and you could see his inner enjoyment at getting his own back on Brean.

    I find myself fancying Josephine more every episode; she may be evil but she’s tres jolie.

  2. CJ Cregg October 24, 2009 / 5:14 pm

    Ah oui, Pierre did seem to be enjoying himself hugely which was lovely to watch. I found myself smirking along with him too. Can’t wait for everything to hit the fan when the journalist publishes the story!

    On a far less amusing note, I got such a shock when the Larbi (Which one was it? I really can’t tell them apart)summarily dispatched Aziz like that. Can’t say I was sorry to see him go though, he was eeeeevil.

    Speaking of which, on the Josephine front, just you remember, Sherby, jolie is as jolie does…..

  3. sherby57 October 25, 2009 / 12:32 am

    I think Aziz was on a collision course with his demise from his very first appearance. A vile man, but brilliantly portrayed.

    Josphine is one of those people who I don’t quite understand why I fancy her so much. I’m sure she’s not as horrible in real life, and she probably even smiles too.

  4. Olive Snook October 25, 2009 / 11:06 am

    Riveting stuff but, with the general behaviour of the prosecutors and police, I can’t help but wonder why Sam Tyler had to go back to 1973 – he need only have popped over the Channel to visit Gilou Hunt and co……

  5. sherby57 October 25, 2009 / 1:25 pm

    Gilou is a TV legend! But, wasn’t he a drug addict in series 1? They do seem to have simplified a lot of things for the second series. It’s still great though.

    I do have to wonder why the US Sam Tyler had to go back to anywhere.

  6. CJ Cregg October 25, 2009 / 6:56 pm

    I can never remember which one is Gilou and which one is Fromentin but you’re right Sherby, one of them was a drug addict…

  7. sherby57 October 25, 2009 / 9:30 pm

    Gilou is the blonder, stockier one. I think he was also going out with a prostitute or something and was also involved in some kind of corruption. I really wish I’d watched the first series again!

  8. Red November 28, 2009 / 1:31 pm

    I lost this one in a Sky+ recording-over incident. 😦 But thanks for the summary, CJ. x

  9. CJ Cregg November 28, 2009 / 2:57 pm

    Oh no, shame you missed it Red – Pierre was fabulous. And even handsomer as a result 😉

    They’re repeating it on Saturday nights on BBC 4 at the moment though, so you can catch this ep tonight at 11.10 pm if you want? It’s well worth it, even if you’ve seen the next one.

    ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072wk9/episodes/upcoming )

  10. Red November 28, 2009 / 3:00 pm

    Excellent. Timer set.

  11. Red November 30, 2009 / 10:10 am

    It was a good one. 🙂

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