Dark (Netflix)

Dark

Dark (Netflix) – Premieres 1st December

German drama set in the small town of Winden, where two months after his father had committed suicide, leaving a letter to be opened at a specific time. Jonas returns to school, finding out that one of his classmates Erik has been missing for almost two weeks.

After meeting up with his friend they agree to head to the local cave where Erik kept his stash of drugs so they could split it with each other and sell the rest. On the evening where they plan to raid the cave they are joined up with their friend who also happen to be the offspring of the principal. After getting the drugs, the gang are spooked by something coming from the cave leading them to make a hasty exit. When they regroup the notice the youngest of the principals kids Mikkel has gone missing.

While all of this is kicking off, a parents meeting at the school is interrupted by an old fella proclaiming that “It’s happening again”, the local copper who’s is married to the principal is continuing his affair with Jonas’ mum. And there is a couple of cuts to a bunker, made up as an 80’s bedroom with a decorated electric chair, which is housing Erik.

As opening episodes go, there is a lot happening all with a hinted time travel vibe. While it’s slow for it to reveal what is going on, it does keep the intrigue up nicely.

7.1/10

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The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All (A&E)

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The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All (A&E) – Premieres 30th November

A docu-series that covers the events of the Menendez murders. Along with interviewing the reporters that covered the story, as well as family members, work colleagues and the police officers that worked the case. The programme also has recent interviews from Erik Menendez where he tells his side of the story.

During the show it covers the build up to the murders, what happened on the evening in question and how the brothers were caught during the months afterwards. All the while using archive news footage, crime scene imagery and the occasional reenactment.

As crime documentaries go it’s an interesting watch.

5.8/10

Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (Sundance TV)

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Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (Sundance TV) – Premieres 18th November – Miniseries

True crime documentary that covers the 1959 murder of the Clutter family. In the doc it uses archive news footage, along with statements and recorded interviews of the police that covered the case. As well as having current day interviews with friends, family and the living relatives of the police members.

As it covers the events leading up to the incident and the fallout after the bodies were discovered, the doc begins to slowly bring in statements from the two men who performed the murder. Where it starts to reveal what they were doing before and after the event.

The opening ep is a slow burner, but like how Badlands Texas slowly introduced murder narrative, the gradual introduction of the killers perspective it begins to add a level of intrigue to watch the next one.

5.5/10

The Day I Met El Chapo (Netflix)

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The Day I Met El Chapo (Netflix) – Premieres 20th October – Miniseries

Documentary that recounts the events that occurred after Mexican actress Kate del Castillo sent out a tweet that referenced the drug lord El Chapo and was widely misinterpreted.

After weathering the initial storm of news coverage, two years later Kate finds herself chatting with Fernando Sulichin and Olivier Stone where they talk about their interest in making a film about El Chapo. Kate then gets the added coincidence of El Chapos lawyers getting in contact with her about them giving the rights for Guzmans life story to her.

This then leads to Sean Penn getting involved with the project and for Kate and Sean heading off to Mexico for a face-to-face meeting with Guzman, which ultimately leads to his capture.

While showing the events of the main story, the programme also covers the history of Mexico and their love of Robin Hood style folklore, as well as the back story of both del Castillo and El Chapo. It’s worth a watch.

6.5/10

The Indian Detective (CTV)

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The Indian Detective (CTV) – Premieres 23rd November

Comedy where after bumbling wise cracking Toronto cop Doug D’Mello botches a possible drug smuggling run over the Canadian border, ends up getting suspended for a month and demoted for going against police protocol. At the same time Dougs father in India is taken ill so he heads off to Mumbai to check up on him.

While there he finds out that his dad is at best a hypochondriac and meets his neighbour Priya a lawyer who asks Doug to help on a case that is proving to be more than a little suspicious.

As Doug helps Priya solve the case he begins to find links from the people behind the case to the drug running operation in stumbled across back in Canada.

All-in-all it’s a inoffensive bit of comedy that is pretty hit and miss in the joke department.

4.0/10

Who Killed Tupac? (A&E)

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Who Killed Tupac? (A&E) – Premieres 21st November – Miniseries

Similar to crime docu-series The Eleven & Unlocking The Truth, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump set out to go over the cold case of the Tupac Shakur murder. After Crump puts his team consisting of reporters that originally covered the case together, they head off to interview Tupacs family and friends piece together the sequence of event that lead to murder.

After talking to the police that worked the crime scene they begin to narrow down the list of suspects and begin to look into who performed the shooting and what influencing circumstances where behind the hit.

As crime documentaries go, this follows the usual setup though is an interesting bit of viewing even if you only have a passing interest in rap.

5.7/10

Gone (NBC)

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Gone (NBC) – Premieres TBA 2018

Procedural crime drama that is centred on Kit “Kick” Lannigan, who as a kid was abducted for 5 years before the FBI saved her. 15 years later Kick is running self defence classes in a building she shares with another abductee survivor James who spends his time hacking various government agency sites.

After one of her classes Kit is offered the chance to help on an abduction case by the FBI agent who found her, as he has formed specialist a team to work on abduction cases, and is in need of her knowledge on how the kidnappers operate. After tentatively agreeing to help Kick and James get brought onto the team where their skills help solve the case.

The show is the usual lightweight CSI style bit of programming that is watchable enough to waste 45 minutes. Though it’s something you don’t have to follow it that closely to know what’s going on, and isn’t something you’d go out of you way to watch.

3.8/10