Bridge and in winter? Perfect. Okay, yes, there was a time when politicians proposed eliminating them for the sake of productivity. Amen. But since they exist, let's enjoy. And one of the best ways is with a binge watching, a binge, so that we understand each other. We propose for this three very different series in their aesthetics, their intentions and even the way to see them. And, yes, all of the police, criminal, black, as they prefer. The four chapters of Collateral They can be seen in one sitting without problems. Each of the three blocks of two or three episodes with closed history of Strike, also, although if you want to see the seven you need a little more time. And hours, many, is what it takes to be seen that work of art of television called Fargo. Three different proposals for all tastes and all the agendas that we are now going to rehearse.
A pizza delivery man dies shot in a street in London. It is clear that it is not a crime either because otherwise there would be no series, but the unfolding of plots and points of view of which boasts from the beginning this production of the BBC hooked with quality. A script by David Hare (The hours, The reader) and a sober address S.J. Clarkson (Orange is the New Black, Dexter, Jessica Jones, The Bridge…) take us through a story that links pure police investigation with espionage and immigrant trafficking. Low wages, political misery or machismo also appear as issues without which the rhythm suffers.
After the plot bomb of the end of the first chapter, the second and third focus on the police plot, carried out wonderfully by a couple somewhat peculiar (great police played by Carey Mulligan in the role of a woman who was a famous athlete , a dynamic, different and credible character). It gains whole in the comparison with other recent British series that start wonderfully but that fall by half (yes, I speak of Bodyguard) and the end has no mercy with the characters or with the viewer.
In 2013 an unknown author named Robert Galbraith triumphed with The song of the cuckoo, a detective novel with a classic scent, starring the irreverent Cormoran Strike. Galbraith was actually J. K. Rowling who was looking for new narrative challenges after the end of Harry Potter. The books, edited in Spain by Salamandra, have a series of virtues for lovers of the genre that is production of BBC with Brontë Television Preserves perfectly. In the first season, we found Strike embittered by his limp (he lacks a leg after a Taliban attack when he was displaced in Afghanistan), drunk, on the brink of ruin and living alone in the same office where he tries to work as a detective. Even the name of the agency in the glass of the entrance, and the dim light of the room and the protagonist's coat remind the classics. Only your assistant Robin and a case in which there is a lot of money involved will save you from following the downhill. Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger, like Strike and Robin respectively, are impeccable and thanks to her the plot is much more credible. Both have their story (he is the son of a bad pop child and a top model) and she is a well-child who has fulfilled her dream and is a detective (to the obvious disgust of her boyfriend).
Perhaps the resolution of the plot of the second season fails a little, in which, on the other hand, the miseries of the publishing world, the egos, the envies and the hatreds are very well counted but in the third, which adapts the excellent The office of evil, everything returns for its privileges and the plot -which begins with the sending of an amputated leg to Cormoran's office- is mixed with a dark and complex development of the stellar couple and an ending that leaves you wanting more. And, again, each of the blocks can be seen independently of the others although in this case it is recommended to follow the order to see, above all, how the complex relationship of the two protagonists evolves.
Fargo (Movistar +)
"This is a true story, the events that took place in Minnesota in 2010. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed, out of respect for the dead, everything else is told as it happened." The beginning of Fargo, already legendary in the recent history of television, takes us fully into that universe of death and moral corruption that Noah Hawley has adapted so well since the creation of the Coen brothers.
Is it used for a binge? 10 episode series per season? The answer is univocal: yes. Why? For its quality, because its immersion in the dark side of the human soul engages, for its elegance in treating cruelty, for the great actors involved, for music, for cultured references, for treating the fiction as if it were a true crime And not die trying. If they make me choose a season I keep the second for Billy Bob Thorton and that shooting in the snow, blindly; or the third one by Carrie Coon and the universe of financial vampires that he creates around that Ewan McGregor duplicated. Or the first one, where you discover that the film has not been betrayed, that there are still people who are looking for something of truth and justice in the midst of horror. They see that it is not so easy. Start with the one you like the most because each one can be seen without needing the others and bingeing.