There’s a reason why LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver, Deadwood) has so many admirers. He’s the consummate gentleman who won’t take any flak; a sophisticate with the brawns and the brain to get himself out of the stickiest of situations. If the flash-forward at the start of this fifth season is any indication, he’ll need both to survive what’s in store when he starts sniffing the trail of some big-time opioid traffickers.
BELOW THE SURFACE
Series return ★★★★½
A refreshing aesthetic departure from grey-washed Scandi-noir, this Danish terrorism thriller is drenched in the unforgiving light of the Syrian desert, and the thinner sunshine that falls on its homeland in the big thaw. These opposite worlds are mirrored in the gradually quickening shift between the almost banally domestic and the heart-stoppingly perilous. This is a gripping story of a crusade against high-level corruption.
The emotional outpourings of recent episodes have served as a reminder of the powers of good of the humble television. Especially when shared in real time, it has the potential to start important conversations. That’s why it matters what programmers choose to fill their schedules with. And no one’s more forthright about that, it seems, than these canaries down the mineshaft of popular entertainment.