Spiral (Engrenages) s2 ep 7

Whoa.  Now that was a rush.

Spiral has always been excellent, but sometimes its seriousness and grittiness has meant it’s not exactly a fun show to watch.  Not so this week, however.  This was a frenetic, fast and just fantastic episode.  The plot sped along, the twists and turns dealt with deftly and mercifully quickly, but with a lightness of touch that is sometimes necessarily missing from the programme, given the horrors it portrays.

Pierre standing up to his boss and Laure remembering what it was we all liked about him in the first place (apart from, y’know, the obvious) was lovely, very funny stuff.  But even later, when Marchand got his own back, and the whole Samy affair exploded in everybody’s faces, the subject matter was potentially hands-in-front-of-your-eyes embarrassing, but the handling of it was superb, the writers even finding room for a little fun with the storyline – jealous Pierre’s “Sorry but you’re not irresistible….Do you want a coffee?” to the stunned Laure was priceless.

Meanwhile, Roban continued to be the best character in a crime drama anywhere ever, sorting everyone and everything out with supreme style, but what was Shady Josephine up to at the end of the episode? What’s her plan?  Roban was right when he said “You’re playing a dangerous game.” But then so is everybody else in this show – Samy and the Larbis, Laure and her squad of desperadoes, Pierre and his battle with Marchand.  I cannot wait till the next (and final) episode when we find out who wins.


7 thoughts on “Spiral (Engrenages) s2 ep 7

  1. Olive Snook November 1, 2009 / 5:56 pm

    So good I’m nearly wishing the weekend away to see the final episode.

  2. CJ Cregg November 1, 2009 / 6:46 pm

    It was utterly brilliant, wasn’t it? Although Laure and the petrol/notpetrol – she’s completely nuts, isn’t she? I don’t want her to be found out and sacked but I can’t help thinking she really should be. Tout de suite!

  3. Olive Snook November 1, 2009 / 7:33 pm

    Utterly bonkers but then which character in this isn’t? Having such a thoroughly reprehensible mob is refreshing for a crime procedural. I can’t imagine any UK or US cop drama presenting all of its main players in the way this does (except with it being a nod to the bad ol’ days like the Life on Mars stable). Makes for gripping, if horrifically uncomfortable, viewing.

  4. sherby57 November 1, 2009 / 8:47 pm

    The ‘Do you want a coffee?’ line was brilliant and really showed the subtlety that the scripts contain.

    Surely Josephine’s going to get what’s due to her next week, although she’ll probably wriggle free. The main Josephine news was that she had really sweaty pits when she was in prison. Great attention to detail (or she may just have been hot).

    Cracking episode and can’t wait until tonight’s finale – although I don’t actually want it to end.

  5. Red November 28, 2009 / 2:34 pm

    Cj, did the Josephine plot this week remind you of anyone?

  6. CJ Cregg November 28, 2009 / 2:58 pm

    Same person it reminded you of I think Red 😉

  7. Red November 28, 2009 / 3:01 pm

    Great minds…

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