Jaygee’s Immutable First Law of TV states that nearly all great long-running shows either start to repeat themselves or just get more and more absurdly convoluted in terms of their plots.
Dexter with Michael C Hall would be an excellent example of a once-promising series from the US that did both. From what the one episode I’ve seen of Line of Duty S6, the same seems to be happening to Line of Duty. Having set the bar for UK cop shows in the Tweenies (or whatever the fuck the years after 2010 are called). the show should have pulled the plug at the end of its fourth season when it was at the top of its game.
While I will binge the remainder of LofD S6, I’ll do so with a far lower expectations than before. For me, the best thing that the underwhelming first episode did was to motivate me to dig out my DVDs of GF Newman’s superb Between The Lines. An early 90s successor to the same writer’s earlier Law and Order, BTL starred – among others – the excellent Neil Pearson and the late Tony (none more slimy) Doyle.
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