Bill Withers: Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone…
Though that classic song is not about revenge, it may come to mind when you watch Low Winter Sun. This brand new series had the benefit of airing its premiere just after Breaking Bad launched its closing season last night. Same channel (AMC) so you didn’t have to get out of your chair or even pick up the remote.
The guy in the image above (seen within seconds as the show opens) is Detective Frank Agnew. Appearing as Agnew is British actor Mark Strong. In fact, this series is the re-imagined American television series of a British TV movie of the same name and subject which is – Frank Agnew is a police detective who kills for revenge and naively believes he has committed the perfect crime. This series is described as murder, deception, revenge and corruption that starts with the murder of a cop by fellow Detroit detective, Frank Agnew.
So as the series begins, we see the image of the solitary face which will soon turn into a two shot. The other man is Joe Geddes played by Lennie James. It seems that Geddes is all up in Agnew’s face, urging him along, getting him ready, priming the pump as it were, and setting themselves up for the task ahead of them – the murder of another police detective, Brendan McCann. The thing of it is, that we don’t know that they are cops at this moment.
Now this is something you don’t see every day. Two detectives plotting to kill a detective from their own squad. Nevertheless, it goes down. Why did they do it? We don’t know but we’re sure to find out. Geddes was McCann’s partner and we are led to believe that McCann was a real dirt-bag, especially when Internal Affairs shows up the next day even before McCann’s murder or what could also be called a determined suicide is discovered.
That’s your opening and about all I need to tell you plot wise. Geddes and Agnew are assigned to investigate the murder that they committed. What is ahead is likely to be dark and dreary – not all that far from Infernal Affairs, the Hong Kong film that had two detectives – one, mob-owned working for the cops and one cop working inside the triad – each searching to find the moles within their own organizations.
Now Detroit is not Miami nor is it Manhattan. So we won’t be wishing we were there. These are indeed mean streets. I’ve only seen the pilot episode and there’s much about it that we don’t know yet – including a big mob boss who takes protection money from a particular bar. And at this bar, there’s a younger gang (below)
who somehow tied in with McCann. We watch (almost but not quite horrified) as this young tough blows away a small fry drug dealer.
At the police station – IA is looking them over, or more specifically, they are crawling all over McCann. But since Geddes was the partner, we have to consider – the old IA standby – guilt by association. There’s the world-weary no-nonsense Captain (above) who has seen it all and avoided every trap the job has that might have tripped him up, and the young female detective (below) … who has immediate suspicions, which we know she should have, but she shouldn’t have them so soon.
It is going to be interesting to see if there is redemption at end of this dark tunnel. It will be even more interesting to get inside these cops’ heads. I’m thinking this won’t be either an easy show to watch, nor a show that has success written all over it.
The premier was strong enough to get me interested, but it remains to be seen if I will sustain the interest. This is the successor on AMC to The Killing in the 10:00 PM time slot on Sunday nights. Have a look at the trailer.
Please let me know what you think of the show.