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Friday, April 11, 2014

Crossing Lines

Those to whom evil is done do evil in return. - an Auden quote from the first episode

My latest DVD rental is the tv series Crossing Lines ...

an English-language French and German television series .... Former NYPD officer Carl Hickman's life has fallen apart after he was injured on the job; he has become addicted to morphine and is working as a garbage collector at a carnival in the Netherlands. He is recruited to join the International Criminal Court's special crime unit, (a fictionalized unit). Based in The Hague, it investigates a variety of crimes that cross international boundaries. The unit includes an anti-mafia covert specialist from Italy, a tech specialist from Germany, a crimes analyst from France, and a weapons specialist and tactical expert from Northern Ireland.

So far I like it. The actor who plays the American ex-cop is William Fichtner, who's done a lot of work but is best known to me as the blind scientist in Contact. His character is very interesting with his physical and emotional wounds. A neat thing about the show too is that we get to see lots of European locations, and I like listening to the accents, especially that of the character from Northern Ireland. It is violent, though, for those who care about stuff like that. Here's a trailer ...


Anonymous Richard said...

Do you think that's true... About evil?

9:09 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I think having evil done to you takes a toll. Depending on what else is in the mix, it could be defining or not. Reminds me of that paraphrasing of Nietzsche ... what doesn't kill you makes you stranger.

11:01 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Do you think it's true/false?

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Hah! " Stranger", I didn't catch that the first time I read your post:) unless it's overwhelming though, I think we have some choice in the matter, i.e. to pass it along or to transform or be transformed by it into something better. And of course strange can be good.

11:11 PM  

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