**** Prime Suspect can be watched on NBC WCMH Channel 4 for Time Warner and Insight Communications customers . For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ***
It can be easy to miss the fact that the new Maria Bello series was based after Dame Helen Mirren’s original BBC series. The U.S. version has the same general concept but takes place in a tough New York City precinct dominated by men, Jan Timoney, an iconoclastic female detective tries to make her away around to deal with her harassing co-workers and solve crimes. By promos I’ve seen, the series has seemed like a by-the-numbers-attempt at doing what CBS does as it’s bread and butter for ratings these days, (aka one hour dramas involving crime) but Prime Suspect was a bit of fresh air. It wasn’t as good as say Hawaii Five-O or Royal Pains or Suits in terms of ‘Case-of-the-week’ but the show really felt fresh to me, especially the rough approach the co-workers go with the sexual harassment, which is what it is. But Timoney doesn’t sulk about it, not really, she does what she does to do her job. And what’s worse is that by all accounts, Jane is a good detective.
Problems have arisen within the department adding on to her case from her co-wokers who believed she slept her way to her transfer to her current department, and add on to that where she takes over a detective who dies of a heart-attack and leads up the group after the killer, it more than justifies why people might be disliking her, but it justifies us on how amazing of a detective she really is, as we see her work her way around trying to solve the crime at hand, no easy task when no one believes in you when it comes to your fellow detectives.
Bello is a wonderful actress and it was wonderful to see her in a tough-girl form on television, but the real beauty of the series to me was where she broke down to her boyfriend. It was a real scene, or it felt very real, and any air that the show carried from promos or ads quickly went away. This is now one of my must DVR-shows, as Bello is giving it her all and it shows. Even more amazing was the brutal beating she takes trying to stop the bad guy at the end of the episode, and it really makes me wish those jerks in her department would ease off. In shows like Prime Suspect, sexual harassment is made to be a joke, and that is rather intentionally or unintentionally and here it feels realistic, and it’s nice to see a tough-girl who is able to overpower their harassment by doing a good job. While how the rest of the series will react with this, remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, this reviewer will be tuning in to find out.
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