Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wire in the Blood

Wire in the Blood

One word. TERRIFYING!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a murder mystery series that you do not want to watch in a dark room. I did. Often during my strenuous college days... probably why I currently have so many issues...

Anyway, most murder mystery series on TV are entertainment in varying shades from light to gray. This show is hard to watch because it feels so real. The sadistic nature of the killers is very potent. It's not a documentary by any means, but it isn't light fiction. It strikes a chord.

The protagonist is Dr. Tony Hill played by Robson Green. He is a psychologist, on staff at the local university, but also advices the police on the side. Or, as his collogues feel, he is police asset first and a member of staff second. He is odd. He never packs anything he needs in anything but a plastic bag. Be it a file or clothes and toiletries for a conference. The problem? He has a hard time separating himself from work. Yeah, I know you're thinking "how original". But there is nothing new under the sun and this conflict was portrayed very realistically. Once he got into the psychology of the perpetrator he couldn't step back. Sometimes he is so caught up in the abstract that he fails to see the sheer horror of what he is discovering-- as his partner DCI Carol Jordan once tells him "But we're bringing back bodies, not the actual loved ones. You remember that don't you?' Ok, that's not exactly what she said. But I don't remember word for word.