NON UCCIDERE (2015 – )

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Creator: Claudio Corbucci

Cast: Miriam Leone, Matteo Martari, Thomas Trabacchi

Inspector Valeria Ferro ( Miriam Leone) works at the PJ in Turin. stubborn , beautiful and tough, she is assisted by Andrea Russo (Matteo Martari), veteran Gerardo Mattei and new recruit Luca Rinaldi (Luca Terracciano) under the direction of Giorgio Lombardi ( Thomas Trabacchi). As her investigations progress, we also discover the difficult past of the investigator.

The series is also known under the name of Squadra Criminale. It is a terrific Italian series where Valeria Ferro is this tough detective who wants to solve the case as family as possible even check out all the possibilities before closing the case but every time she does an investigation her boss tells her to close it quickly or go easy on the victim they are not suspect. Her partner in crime issuing with the flow, he knows that he is the second wheel on this, he tend to follow her league but sometimes enough is enough and her boss has the final say. As the series goes along you discover that her mother is in jail. As the story goes along you discover more about her and the difficult relationship that she has with her mother. Overall it is a terrific series.

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EYEWITNESS (2014)

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Creators: Jarl Emsell Larsen

Cast: Axel Bøyum, Odin Waage, Anneke von der Lippe

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy took the publishing industry by storm and everything since then  the Nordic noir is in business. Eyewitness is something slightly different, merging crime thriller and family drama.

When Philip (Axel Bøyum) and Henning (Odin Waage) witness a multiple-murder they stay quiet, fearing for their lives, normal reaction for teenagers. Philip has his foster-mother who is  the officer leading the investigation, Helen Sikkeland (Anneke von der Lippe). When the SRO are drafted in to deal with a drugs war involving The Sixers and a biker band called The Ferrymen, Sikkeland begins to see connections. However, without evidence and the gun that they can’t find she is at a halt and struggle to make progress.

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Here is a terrific Nordic Noir as I love them with some terrific actors and story telling. Henning, an alpha male motocross champion, seems more terrified by his family to discover who he is really. In keeping quiet Philip to protects him  but messes up  his already complicated relationship with his foster family. Thank god for trying to avoid the clichés. The performances of the actors are strong with some great sensitive writing to go with it. The Norwegian / Swedish nine series has 6 episodes that are dark and tense.

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ZONE BLANCHE (2017 – )

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Creators: Mathieu Missoffe

Cast: Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre, Laurent Capelluto

Villefranche is a small isolated town in the heart of a gigantic forest, a green labyrinth of thousands of hectares making any telecommunication hazardous. This place is not quite like the others has its unmapped areas, its crimes, its disappearances and other mysteries to be elucidated and a rate of homicide six times higher than the national average … but apart from it all everything is fine. , The city can count on its sheriff, Major Laurène Weiss (Suliane Brahim), a girl of the strong country in mouth and strangely connected to Nature. As she continues to investigate, she sinks farther and farther into the forest she discover secrets even some from her own adduction 20 years ago.

Viilefranche is a fictional town somewhere in Belgium. It has 8 episodes and it is a French Belgian series. The filming took places in between the Voges and Belgium. So you can feel the fog, the nature and the thousand of ares of forest, it is a perfect setting for this kind of series. It is dark, intriguing and mysterious and when you watch it the story will have some twist and turns that you won’t expect. Well casted and written which I can’t wait for season 2 to come out. I just finished watching the last episodes this week and what great ending which you are going to want more. Do not miss this one.

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BEAU SÉJOUR (2016 – )

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Creators: Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens

Cast: Lynn Van Royen, Inge Paulussen, Jan Hammenecker

Here from Belgium on the Dutch side a fantastic realistic thriller series. A hotel room under renovation and a girl who is in a blood bath in a bathtub. Someone knock on the door and she disappears. Later her body is found by the lake. She soon realise while solving her own murder that 5 people can see her.

Terrific  series here where the tile is the name of the hotel. Beau Séjour is the collective creation of Sanne Nuyens, Bert Van Dael, Kaat Beels, Nathalie Basteyns, the  two last one being also the directors of the episodes. Kato is a ghost, but of a very special type: five people can see her, communicate with her … and even more, Her alcoholic father, a policeman who does not hesitate to eliminate evidence, his half-sister Sofia, devoured by jealousy, Ines, a friend who rounds off his end of the month by hard drug trafficking and Charlie, a Another friend just out of a psychiatric asylum. But the police investigation is the main part of the plot with the elimination, one after the other, of people wrongly suspected. Secrets will emerge left and right. It has been rewritten as almost the same style as the film named Six sense , where the ghost is trying to solve her own murder. In order to make it sinister the series was shot in the winter to reinforced the landscape that got with the theme of the series. The rumors that circulate on a season 2, in the form of an anthology with another story and other characters, have not yet been denied, nor confirmed. I ham hoping for a second season.

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RIVERDALE (2017 – )

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Creator:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Cast: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

In a small town life is almost perfect at Riverdale until a teenager disappears plus Riverdale has a facade well a little strange even weird but wholesome to a certain extant.

Here is the new high school noir from the Archie comic books franchise. It is steamy, weird a little gossip in there as well as wholesome notes much but it is there it fells like twin peaks. The familiar characters are back, as are landmarks like Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe. On the inside the town fells like this squeaky clean that is  hiding decay, corruption and secrets.

Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines), who disappeared while going out  in the woods with his girl twin sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch). Archie (K. J. Apa) — an aspiring musician with six-pack abs — witnessed a key bit of evidence but can’t talk because of the circumstances (see the series). Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel), now a sultry knockout.  Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), the super hot rich girl, is coming  from Manhattan whose father is in jail for fraud. Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), a gay student. Well you have at least to put in the gay student now days it is the hip thing to do. Then you have the mayor, the principal and the girl group Josie and the Pussycats which I love the great name for an  all African-American band. The malt shop is still in business, but the drive-in is closing down. If you have not guess yet the story has been reinvented. It has also a feel of blue velvet here as well. It is fine series here especially for teenagers who will talk about it after school or on their cell phone or social networks. The all thing works here to the costume, the design, even the casting stand out. Have fun with this one and enjoy it for what it is .

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SPRINGFLODEN (2016 – )

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Cast: Kjell Bergqvist, Julia Ragnarsson, Johan Widerberg

English: Spring tide

In the summer of 2015 a young Stockholm police academy student, Olivia Rönning (Julia Ragnarsson), is giving this assessment of investigating a 15 year-old unsolved murder. a pregnant woman who was murdered on the beach on Nordkoster Island, and was subsequently drowned by the incoming tide. She comes to find out that it is a case that her father did not solve before he died.

Olivia is this student that is going to put her nose where he does not belong well you have too if you investigate a case but the professor told her look at it and the evidence  of this case but do not try to solve it. the more she dig in and is going to investigate people are getting nervous and who are those people? It is going to cause her problems and even almost her life but Olivia will find out something about herself where is it going to be a shock.

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To start it off the series get going with a bunch of murders of the homeless people where teenagers are filming while the other beat the shit out of him or her and puts it on the internet. The police however can not trace it. As the investigation goes on they find out that one of the homeless guy is an ex-cop with his help they have finally on a piste to go on to catch those bastards it is connected to underground  fighting  and in the mix there is a woman turn call girl who has tried to take care of her son. The further Olivia  gets in the more she discovers. Here is a Swedish series that is kicking ass big time well written and you think you are going to figure it out it will take a turn here and there. Julia Ragnarsson here does an amazing job here. she had a small roll on the terrific series Bron/Broen (The bridge) which the US has remade of the same title.  A series of 10 episodes. I might add a terrific ending as well.

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VINYL (2016)

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Creators: Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese

Cast: Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne

Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) , an exec trying to sell his struggling company. Married to Devon (Olivia Wilde), Richie seems ready to get away from the catastrophe. His business is taking a dive so his is marriage. Using cocaine, drinking, women, and parties Richie is also trying to find the next big thing. But is he going to find it?

Now there is a great cast in their one big time Ray Romano , Max Casella, P.J. Byrne , and Juno Temple . Dam here we go. You get to be introduced to the characters and little by little young said to yourself damn! this was the 70’s and yes it is taking place in the 70’s but there is a twist later a few episode later Richie accepts help well you know from who after all it is a Scorsese series. At first you see Richie who love Devon and trying to do right by her but he is struggling for it, you begin to see who is really Richie.It is a monstrous paradox Vinyl and you will be as addicted after the two first episode. It is a wild ride and the costume and design of the 70’s here is dead on. Dam I remember those good old days. Party, muscle cars, and great women. Scorsese has done great  here recreating those time but unfortunately HBO has decided to pull the plug only 10 episodes and that is it. Have fun.

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