Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Currently watching: Control - Hanzai Shinri Sousa

If you watch this and you experience a feeling of deja vu, you’re not alone. This is another cop show in which an eccentric genius and a cop join forces to solve baffling crimes. This time the genius is an expert in behavioural psychology, so he can tell people’s thoughts and feelings just by how they act. Pretty convenient, when you’re looking for a murderer.

It’s a sort of Galileo-lite. While Galileo had ingeneous solutions based on hard science, the first two episodes of Control have relied too much on the right person giving away the right clue at the right time.

The characters are fine, the murders are fairly interesting, and the acting and production standards are pretty good. In short, it’s a very average show. Not bad, but nothing outstanding. It's getting high ratings, so they must be doing something right. I can imagine some people finding this entertaining, but only if they’ve never seen Galileo.

Or Mr Brain. Or Trick. Or Puzzle. Or Keizoku.

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