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We own this city | Is this the best series of 2022?

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fans of Threadthe masterful HBO detective series that forged the golden age of television with The Sopranos and sex and the citybe prepared to say “shiiit” profusely while viewing We own this town from the same creators, David Simon and George Pelecanos.

Updated April 28

This terrific six-episode miniseries from HBO, which details the gangsterization of an elite Baltimore police cell, is of exceptional quality. With me Thread (south listen), which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in June, the quasi-documentary approach of We own this town The city belongs to usin English – catapults us into the dangerous streets of Baltimore, where corrupt police and drug dealers clash in the 2010s.

All against a backdrop of racial tensions sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American who was killed by Baltimore cops in April 2015. We own this townadaptation of a free book by investigative journalist Justin Fenton, from Baltimore SunBrilliantly tells this true story in great detail.

By the way, don’t despair after the very confusing first episode. The timelines overlap and confuse the narrative, the many characters pile up without introduction, the complex plot goes in several directions and the technical jargon mixes us up a bit. A choir and designated series has inconveniences, what do you want.

Hold on tight, it’s worth it. In the middle of a marathon, I stopped listening so as not to burn all the material in one evening. I will later savor the last two hours of this ambitious mini-series, one of the best of 2022. Downside: the Crave platform distills the episodes at the rate of one every Monday evening, which is annoying. Seoul the first is currently offered, in both official languages.


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Wayne Jenkins (Jon Bernthal) is an arrogant, narcissistic and violent cop, but when it’s effective.

The entry point into this gritty universe is Wayne Jenkins (Jon Bernthal, seen in The Walking Dead), an arrogant, narcissistic and violent, but still effective policeman. Wayne Jenkins leads a squad created to seize weapons and stop the drug trade. Fewer members of this special unit patrol in civilian clothes (thus without a uniform), the ultimate privilege in the Baltimore police. Wayne Jenkins is the golden boy of this powerful click, the toxic star of the police department. And it goes to his head (already swollen).

Lured by money, power and bling-bling, Wayne Jenkins, whose descent into crime is expertly documented, steals from the bags of cash he seized, resorting to false evidence to cover up arrests failures and dipping their toes in drug trafficking. A finished ripou, who embarks six comrades in his racket.

After several years, Wayne Jenkins’ bosses turn a blind eye to his aggressive work methods, which produced a ton of ethics complaints. Why ? Because Wayne Jenkins arrests bandits and helps improve the statistics of the police in Baltimore, in the midst of an acute crisis. As stupid as that.

what We own this town Does best is to show the immense domino effect of the collapse of a police force on the functioning of an American city. For example, it is now impossible for Baltimore prosecutors to form an impartial jury. Candidates swear that they a) lose faith in the police, b) are themselves victims of police intimidation, or c) approach that the police intercepted an injustice.

In the street, informants now refuse to speak to investigators. The police no longer get out of their cars in hot and poor neighborhoods. A citizen could film them, accuse them of brutality and ruin their career. result ? It’s chaos. The crime rate is climbing, the mayor is living on borrowed time and the dealers are rubbing their hands.

We own this town is a series with several sofas. A federal investigation opens into institutionalized corruption in Baltimore, the FBI gets involved, colleagues of the hoodlum police officers wiretap them and things brew. Really, this is a blockbuster production.

Flight 714 to Los Angeles

If you liked the first season of The stewardess (the agent on board) on Crave, the second season will delight you just as much. It’s still fun, full of reverences and ultra-entertaining. About a year later, our favorite flight attendant, Cassie Bowden (excellent Kaley Cuoco), is now living in Los Angeles, dating a nice photographer, and still working for Imperial Atlantic Airlines. What changes? Cassie accepts small spy contracts for the CIA.

Nothing complicated. Just observation, nothing more. However, you know Cassie, a curious young woman with a passion for trouble. During a mission in Berlin, he finds himself at the heart of a spy film, where his target dies in a bomb explosion and where a mysterious woman steals his identity. A quiet little Tuesday, what!

Crave has uploaded the first two episodes, in English with French subtitles. The dubbed version will land on the platform in June. Until then, raise your tablet and buckle up to cross this fun zone of turbulence.

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