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|Originaltitel:||Code 37 – Seizoen 2|
|Genre:||TV series, Thriller|
|Regie:||Jakob Verbruggen, Joël Vanhoebrouck, Tim Mielants|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 640 Min|
|FSK:||From 18 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||4|
|Sprachen:||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Contents: The investigators of the Department for Sexual Offences around team leader Hannah Maes (Veerle Baetens) are back in action. But just as Charles (Marc Lauwrys), Kevin (Gilles Deschryver) and Bob (Michael Pas) are about to investigate the sexual assault on an elderly lady with Hannah, their boss is taken away by the Internal Affairs Department. Hannah still tries to clear up the rape of her mother by all means, even though not only her colleagues and superiors, but also her own father, repeatedly put obstacles in her way. But despite a final warning the tough policewoman doesn't let herself be deterred from continuing to investigate secretly - which soon puts herself in great danger. In addition, she and her team have to clear up all kinds of cases that often involve the substance. Just when it looks like a convicted paedophile is getting too close to Charles' nephew, Hannah has her hands full trying to keep her angry colleague from committing a stupid act. But even a suitor murdered in a hotel, an abused student or the shooting of a snuff film repeatedly push investigators to the limits of their ability to work under pressure...
The crime series "Code 37" ran successfully on Belgian television for three seasons between 2009 and 2012. After the very convincing start with season 1, the new episodes also consistently continue the concept of the series. The individual cases are sometimes extremely hard Tobak, which is served however not too plakativ. The dynamics of the team members among each other always provides the necessary loosening up, which prevents the events from becoming too oppressive for the spectators. Beside the closed cases there is of course also in this season again the overarching storyline around the rape of Hannah's mother, who takes on more and more dangerous proportions for the actually so toughe policeman.
Here the movers and shakers have not only dramaturgically, but also stylistically tried to distinguish the events from the actual investigations of the team. With camera, editing or coloring, some scenes try to look into the disturbed inside of the investigator, which succeeds very well at times and gives the whole thing an extreme intensity. The very good game of Veerle Baetens contributes his rest to it. Especially the conflict between her hard, sometimes unapproachable facade, which she maintains towards her team, and what drives her to investigate on her own in the case of her mother and against her father, plays Baetens really great.
"Code 37" is certainly not an easy crime food. The very authentic staging, the sometimes very disturbing theme and the intensive acting of the actors are not necessarily the perfect ingredients for relaxed TV entertainment. But if you like dark, gripping crime series, if you like interesting characters and a thrilling dramaturgy and if you like the first season of this series, you should definitely go on patrol again with the team around Hannah Maes. Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + sound: The technical implementation of the individual episodes is on a good to very good TV level. The image is absolutely clean and the overall sharpness is absolutely satisfactory, especially for brighter outdoor shots. Only in the detail representation in darker scenes there are slight deductions of points. The stereo sound allows the dialogues as well as the atmospheric soundtrack to come into their own. Not really spectacular, but absolutely appropriate for a crime series. Good!
Extras: Until on trailer the disc has unfortunately no bonus material in the offer.
Result: The second season of "Code 37" continues the dark concept of the Belgian crime series and offers some new, stirring cases for the Department of Sexual Offences. The plot line around the rape of Hannah's mother also gets more and more exciting and finds a dramatic climax here. Very well played and atmospherically densely staged, the series isn't a light fare in the second season either, but still enormously entertaining. For all lovers of dark crime food from Europe, the technically well realized DVD box despite missing extras is then also: Absolutely recommendable!
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